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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Legislators across the country have enacted laws that promote the use of evidence-based programsand practices. To examine this trend, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative reviewed morethan 100 state statutes passed between 2004 and 2014 and identified five different approaches to promoting data-driven program choices. Read More
In summer 2014, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative partnered with the state of Colorado to incorporate the Results First approach into the state’s budget and policymaking processes. To support these efforts, the Colorado General Assembly dedicated funds during its 2014 session for two new positions within the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting to coordinate the... Read More
In March 2012, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo invited the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to collaborate with the Special Commission to Study the Commonwealth’s Criminal Justice System. Through this effort, Massachusetts is laying the groundwork for a strong evidence-based approach to policymaking that can... Read More