Budget Development

Examples from states and counties

Many governments continue to fund programs with limited knowledge of what’s been proved to work. Some, however, are beginning to use data and research to inform how tax dollars are spent.

Some states and counties are taking steps toward evidence-based budgeting, each approaching the process in unique ways. These strategies include targeting funds to evidence-based programs, building research and data into contracts, and incorporating information about program performance and effectiveness in the budgeting process.

Use evidence to inform budget requests, proposals, and recommendations

Information and research on program outcomes and effectiveness can help state and local leaders make more informed resource allocations during the budgeting process.

Build evidence into contracts

A requirement for evidence-based options from program vendors—or prioritizing these programs during the procurement process—can be an effective way to allocate limited resources.

Target funds to evidence-based programs

A set mechanism—such as a budget line item, a state fund, or a percentage of specific funding—that targets resources to evidence-based programs can ensure that the state or locality prioritizes what works.

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