Gary VanLandingham is the director of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a joint initiative of Pew and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He manages Pew’s work to advance the use of cost-benefit analysis and to cultivate a climate for evidence-based decision-making that can enable states to eliminate ineffective programs and shift resources to those that generate the best outcomes.
As lead on Pew’s efforts to improve the use of data on cost-effectiveness in state policy making, VanLandingham works with state partners to implement proven analytical tools that more accurately assess the true costs and benefits of public programs. He also helps policy makers use the findings to drive state dollars toward programs with the highest returns on taxpayer investments.
Before joining Pew in January 2011, VanLandingham served for seven years as director of the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, the Florida Legislature’s policy research and evaluation arm. He has over 30 years of experience conducting and leading policy studies at the state and local government levels. He has served as staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures, chair of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society and president of the Southeast Evaluation Association, and the North Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He also taught as an adjunct professor with the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at the Florida State University.
VanLandingham has a ph.D. and a master’s degree in public administration from the Florida State University and a bachelor’s from the University of Florida.
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Each year, state government leaders make difficult choices about which services to fund with increasingly limited resources. Programs to educate children, correct criminal behavior, and improve the health and well-being of residents are often funded without sufficient information and instead are based on anecdote or precedent. To cut through the stories and get to the data, an increasing number... Read More
In 2011 California passed the Public Safety Realignment Act, which transferred responsibility for more than 60,000 offenders to the state's 58 counties. In response, county officials within the criminal justice system began to re-evaluate where they were putting their resources, with a renewed focus on ensuring that limited county resources were directed to the most effective and cost-efficient... Read More
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative can help states that are already committed to evidence-based policymaking take their work to the next level by integrating research and analysis into everyday decision-making.In New York, the Results First approach has been used to inform program and budget decisions as well as to enhance the state’s evidence-based alternatives to incarceration. Read More