Budget Development

Examples from states and counties

Budget Development: 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

Use evidence in the budget process

Target funds to evidence-based programs

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A Guide to Evidence-Based Budget Development

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This brief is one in a series about the five key components of evidence-based policymaking as identified in ‘Evidence-Based Policymaking: Government,’ a 2014 report.

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New Mexico Uses Research, Performance Data to Guide Budgeting

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Since 1999, New Mexico has used performance-based budgeting—the practice of applying programmatic results to inform decision-making—to drive a more effective and efficient government. To support this effort, the state’s Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) has developed and adopted various tools that enable it to track statewide and agency outcomes, as well as to identify cost-effective programs in which to invest state resources. 

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New York Moves to Increase Efficiency in Criminal Justice System

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Since 2013, the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has shifted its portfolio of more than 100 local assistance contracts in order to prioritize and support evidence-based, cost-effective alternatives to incarceration. With investment in these proven approaches, the state expects to improve community safety and generate savings.