Using Evidence for more Effective Policies

Washington DC, and Online

7-11 June 2021

Background

In order to ensure that governmental policies are effective and serve the peoples needs, we need to strengthen the development of rigor evidence for better policymaking. This was endorsed by the international conference Evidence for Policymakers in The Hague. The meeting also emphasized the need for international exchange of expertise between researchers, science advisors, policymakers, evaluators and knowledge brokers to professionalize this.

The conference noted that the Evidence Act in the USA gives new momentum to the “Evidence Movement” and therefore the conference organizers will organize a 5 half-day training course in Washington DC, where we welcome both virtual and on-site participation. This course will combine the best available expertise in Washington DC with some leading experts outside the USA with very different professional backgrounds. They will demonstrate how to build evidence for more effective policies. Each session will be taught in an interactive manner and includes collective exercises, taking into account the participants’ particular aims and needs. Participants are working on the interface between evidence creation and policymaking. They will receive a recently published book on this subject written by Kathy Newcomer and Nick Hart, who both also produced a report on establishing a learning government. 

The course aims to give participants a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively create, use and disseminate evidence for better policymaking. We envision to address the topics mentioned hereunder during the course:

  • Building Evidence through Strategic Evaluation Planning
  • Deliverology: Creating a Unit to Set and Meet Policy Targets
  • Methods to Disseminate and Use Evidence
  • Big Data Analysis and Algorithms for more Effective Policies
  • The Bottlenecks & Benefits of RCT’s for Better Policies – and how Big Data can Contribute
  • Creating evidence through Experimental Policies
  • Using Scientific Scrutiny to analyse Policy Proposals
  • Utilised Focussed Evaluation
  • Connecting the People to Evidence Informed Politics
  • From Data Analysis to Forecasting; how to get it done?
  • Towards a Learning Government
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Partners

Confirmed trainers

Kathryn Newcomer

Kathryn Newcomer

Former president of the American Evaluation Association & Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University

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Pieter Duisenberg

Pieter Duisenberg

Chair of The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), former member of the Parliament of the Netherlands

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Jonathan Breckon

Jonathan Breckon

Founder of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, NESTA, UK

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Nick Hart

Nick Hart

Chief Executive Officer of the Data Coalition and President of the non-profit Data Foundation

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Patricia Paskov

Patricia Paskov

Impact Evaluation Analyst, World Bank

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Kate Tromble

Kate Tromble

Vice President, Federal Policy, Results for America

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Zach Markovits

Zach Markovits

Vice President of Local Government and Managing Director, What Works Cities, Results for America

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Locations

George Washington University