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2021 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence

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Results for America’s Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence (State Standard of Excellence) highlights and showcases data-driven, evidence-based practices, policies, programs, and systems used by state governments to invest taxpayer dollars in what works.

The 2021 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence is an opportunity for states 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. It also provides a roadmap for how states can improve on their evidence and data practices. 

On May 25, 2021, Results for America launched the 2021 State Standard of Excellence submission process. This year, Results for America has updated the State Standard of Excellence to include updated 16 criteria, new sub-criteria, detailed instructions, and suggested documentation to support states participation in the 2021 State Standard of Excellence.

States will have an opportunity to review final content before it is released in the 2021 State Standard of Excellence, an annual report that compiles best practices from across the country.

The State Standard of Excellence includes sub-criteria centered on advancing racial equity through evidence-based policy. States are encouraged to share their racial equity practices when completing the Submission Form.

Instructions and guidelines for Submission Form can be found here. If you have not already received your log-in credentials for the Submission Form, please contact Results for America’s state government team at to begin your State Standard of Excellence Submission Form.