Evidence-Based Policymaking: Targeted Evaluation

Resources for states and counties

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 one or more 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 leaders can carefully direct limited resources to rigorously assess the effectiveness of select programs—what Results First calls targeted evaluation. They can then use the information to decide when to scale up programs that work, when to scale back those that don’t, and when to improve those that show potential. 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 critical component of evidence-based policymaking.

Strategy: Build internal capacity to support impact evaluations

Strategy: Develop partnerships with external research entities

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Evidence-based policymaking

Evidence-Based Policymaking Resource Center

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Evidence-Based Policymaking Resource Center

In 2014, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative developed a framework for state and county leaders interested in evidence-based policymaking. This framework consists of five key components to help governments use rigorous evidence and data to guide policy and funding decisions.

Issue Brief

Targeted Evaluations Can Help Policymakers Set Priorities

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Issue Brief

State and local leaders allocate millions of dollars each year to programs designed to deliver services to their constituents, but often the results go unmeasured. Without data on the effect, if any, that programs are having on participants and communities, policymakers are unable to discern which ones work, which don’t, and how best to distribute limited public resources.

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