March 10, 2020 Press Releases

Results for America Launches Process for 2020 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellences, Encourages States to Participate

WASHINGTON, DC – Results for America has launched its process for updating its annual Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence, which showcases leading and promising data-driven, evidence-based practices, policies, programs, and systems used by state governments to invest taxpayer dollars in what works. This year, Results for America is encouraging all states to submit their examples by March 30, 2020 for the 2020 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence, which will be released in summer 2020. Organizations and individuals may also submit examples of excellence for how state governments are using evidence and data to get better results.

The State Standard of Excellence is a great opportunity for states and their leaders to earn national recognition for their efforts to improve results for residents and to assess their on-going capacity for leveraging data and evidence in budget, policy, and management decisions.

To support states and their leaders submit examples for consideration and analysis in the 2020 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence, Results for America has published a 2020 State Standard Submission Guide and a fillable 2020 State Standard Submission Form. State governments and other interested parties should review the 2019 State Standard Spotlights to take stock of the past examples and performance on the State Standards’ 15 criteria related to data and evidence. Submissions must be sent to info@results4america.org by March 30, 2020.

Last year, Results for America partnered with the National Governors Association to host a launch event in Washington, DC to share the findings with state leaders. The 2019 State Standard of Excellence featured 125 leading and promising practices, policies, programs, and systems for using evidence and data that were in effect as of June 2019 in 33 state governments. Results for America identified five states that were leading the way with their building and use of evidence and data: Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Results for America also recognized three Rising Star States that have significantly increased their data-driven and evidence-based efforts since 2018: Maryland, Nevada, and North Carolina.

For more information, please contact Josh Inaba at Results for America.

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