State Fact Sheet
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Delaware
In August 2015, Delaware became the 19th state to join the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. The Delaware government will now work to integrate the Results First approach and tools, including the benefit-cost analysis model, into its budget and policymaking processes to promote the effective use of taxpayer dollars. As Governor Jack Markell stated in his request to join the initiative, “Results First will be a useful tool in our arsenal as we continue our commitment to responsibly implement cost-effective programs in Delaware.”
The partnership grew from strong interest in the benefit-cost tool among officials in Delaware’s Office of the Governor, Office of the Controller General, and Joint Finance Committee.
Implementation of the Results First approach to evidence-based policymaking and the benefit-cost model will be spearheaded by the Office of the Controller General, which provides analyses of the state’s capital and operating budgets to the Joint Finance Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Capital Improvement Program.
The Delaware Results First team will focus on criminal justice before expanding into substance abuse programming. The team wants those efforts to inform 2016 budget and legislative decisions in the state.