November 30, 2018Event Recap

9 Ways Federal Agencies Are Getting Better Results: Celebrating the Progress and Release of RFA’s 2018 What Works Federal Standard of Excellence

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On November 29, 2018, RFA and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University celebrated the most recent evidence-based policymaking achievements of nine agencies featured in the 2018 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence. These federal agencies control over $220 billion of public dollars that are distributed annually, influencing large segments of the American population.

We discussed what has been accomplished to date, as well as identified key challenges and exciting developments that lie ahead.

Event Materials:


PowerPoint presentation

2018 Federal Standard

Press Release

Featured speakers included:

  • Michael A. Bailey, Interim Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
  • John Bridgeland, CEO and Founder, Civic, and former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Mary Hyde, Director of Research & Evaluation, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Molly Irwin, Chief Evaluation Officer, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Susan Jenkins, Director, Office of Performance and Evaluation, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Thomas Kelly, Acting Vice President, Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Jessica Ramakis, Acting Chief Privacy Officer and Chief of Staff, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education
  • Elizabeth Roen, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Emily Schmitt, Deputy Director, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Barry Steffen, Senior Social Science Analyst, Office of Policy Development & Research, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • David Medina, COO and Co-Founder, Results for America
  • Amy O’Hara, Research Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University