The Results First Approach: Budget Development

Resources for states and counties

Budget Development

Editor's note: This page was updated on July 27, 2018, to provide more information about the project's work on budget development.

In 2014, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative identified five key components of evidence-based policymaking: program assessment, budget development, implementation oversight, outcome monitoring, and targeted evaluation. Considering and implementing each of these components can help states and counties successfully use the Results First approach in a way that yields meaningful changes for their communities.

States and counties can use data to inform their budgets, what Results First calls evidence-based budget development. Included on this page are links to briefs, fact sheets, and other resources. Along with explanatory documents, this section also includes stories about how select states and counties approach this type of budget development.

Strategy: Build evidence into contracts

Strategy: Use evidence in the budget process

Strategy: Target funds to evidence-based programs

Issue Brief

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.