Gary VanLandingham

Gary VanLandingham

  • Director
  • Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


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.

Recent Work

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  • The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Wisconsin

    During fall 2013, staff from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, at the invitation of the Wisconsin Statewide Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Several months later, the council voted unanimously to partner with Results First to incorporate cost-benefit analyses into policy and budget processes with the goal of producing higher returns on taxpayer... Read More

  • The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in West Virginia

    In July 2014, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Senate President Jeffrey Kessler, and House Speaker Timothy Miley extended a formal partnership invitation to the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. The state plans to use the Results First approach to determine which state-funded programs are providing optimal returns on investment and to promote data-driven decision-making in budget and policy... Read More

  • Iowa's Cutting-Edge Approach to Corrections

    The Iowa Department of Corrections partnered in 2011 with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to build a cost-benefit analysis model to compare programs based on effectiveness, cost, and expected benefits. This video documents Iowa's progress in implementing its Results First model and highlights the state's accomplishments as of the summer of 2014. Read More

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