Evidence-Based Policymaking: Program Assessment

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Evidence-Based Policymaking: Program Assessment

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. Taking into consideration and implementing each of these components can help states and counties use the Results First evidence-based policymaking framework in ways that yield meaningful changes for their communities.

State and county policymakers can improve outcomes, reduce costs, and increase accountability when they systematically review available evidence on the effectiveness of public programs—what Results First calls program assessment. Included on this page are links to briefs, fact sheets, and other resources. Along with explanatory documents, this section highlights how select states and counties approach this critical component of evidence-based policymaking.

Strategy: Define levels of evidence.

Strategy: Review funded programs to identify what works.

Strategy: Compare programs’ costs and benefits.

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Program Assessment: Identifying what works in your state or locality

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Government leaders can improve public outcomes, reduce costs, and increase accountability by ensuring that resources are directed toward effective, cost-beneficial programs. A program assessment, the first component of the larger evidence-based policymaking framework developed by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, is a three-step process to help policymakers address key questions about their programs.