In today's fiscal environment, policymakers face tough budget and policy choices that affect the outcomes they can deliver for citizens. By using rigorous evidence to inform these decisions, policymakers can achieve substantially better results by funding and operating public programs that are proven to work.
Evidence-based Policymaking: A Guide for Effective Government—a new report by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative—outlines the first comprehensive framework that policymakers can follow to build a system of evidence-based governing. By leveraging the power of this approach, governments can reduce wasteful spending, expand innovative programs, and strengthen accountability.
The report presents five key components to implementing evidence-based policymaking:
Evidence-based policymaking is a growing national trend aimed at making government work more effectively. This guide provides the details, tips, and strategies that policymakers can use to instill evidence in decision-making at all levels of government.