Evidence-Based Policy & Practice

The Evidence-Based Policy and Practice Initiative creates proactive strategies to drive the next generation of governmental policy innovations designed to use evidence to improve the quality of programs.

About Evidence-based Policy

The Evidence-Based Policy and Practice Initiative creates proactive strategies to drive the next generation of governmental policy innovations designed to use evidence to improve the quality of programs.

The term evidence-based policymaking has many different facets. The recent bipartisan Commission on Evidence-based Policymaking defined it as the application of evidence to inform decisions in government. This simple definition, however, raises difficult questions: what types of activities are included in the application of evidence, what counts as evidence, how rigorous should evidence be, who is included in the decision-making process, and what the best methods to inform decision-making are.

The Forum seeks to inform policymakers of potential answers to these questions. Through our work organizing the Cross-Agency Learning Community on Federal Investments in Research and Evaluation as well as our more recent work writing the report “Managing for Success: Strengthening the Federal Infrastructure for Evidence-Based Policymaking”, the Forum is ideally placed to support policymakers in their efforts to build and ultimately use evidence in the policymaking process.

Our work in evidence-based policymaking now includes:

  • Publications (reports, issue briefs, and blogs) on topics related to evidence-based policymaking

  • Webinars on topics related to evidence-based policymaking

  • Convenings designed to support the use of evidence among policymakers, particularly federal career staff

  • Consultations to discuss and analyze potential ways to further the use of evidence in policymaking.

Thaddeus Ferber

Vice President, Policy Advocacy

Co-Founder, SparkAction

thaddeus@forumfyi.org

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Case Study
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Investments in Youth Work Experiences
Case Study
Year-Round Pell Grants: The Challenge of Making Policy Decisions with Limited Evidence
ServeMinnesota's Reading Corps: Case Study on Using Evidence for Improvement
New York City’s Young Adult Literacy Program: Case Study on Using Evidence for Improvement
Resource/Report
Managing for Success: Strengthening the Federal Infrastructure for Evidence-Based Policymaking

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