Examples from states and counties
Many governments continue to fund programs with limited knowledge of what’s been proved to work. Some governments, 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.
Build evidence into contracts
- New York Moves to Increase Efficiency in Criminal Justice System
- How to Use Evidence in Contracting Process
Use evidence in the budget process
- New Mexico Uses Research, Performance Data to Guide Budgeting
- Mississippi’s 7 Elements of Quality Program Design
Target funds to evidence-based programs
Policymakers aim to direct resources toward programs that generate results
State prioritizes evidence-based programs in its contracts