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Building Momentum for Evidence-Based Policymaking in State and Local Governments

Myers, Hannah; Naimpally, Rohit


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      <creatorName>Myers, Hannah</creatorName>
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      <affiliation>Massachusetts Institute of Technology</affiliation>
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      <creatorName>Naimpally, Rohit</creatorName>
      <givenName>Rohit</givenName>
      <familyName>Naimpally</familyName>
      <affiliation>J-PAL North America</affiliation>
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  <titles>
    <title>Building Momentum for Evidence-Based Policymaking in State and Local Governments</title>
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  <publisher>Zenodo</publisher>
  <publicationYear>2017</publicationYear>
  <subjects>
    <subject>government</subject>
    <subject>funding</subject>
    <subject>big data</subject>
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  <dates>
    <date dateType="Issued">2017-09-04</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;What if policymakers allocated government funding based on scientific evidence of what works, instead of anecdote, status quo, or political belief? In most major policy debates, compelling&amp;mdash;but theoretical&amp;mdash; arguments can be made on both sides. But despite increasing pressure to &amp;ldquo;use big data&amp;rdquo; to inform decisions especially when resources are scarce, it&amp;rsquo;s often challenging for policymakers to disaggregate the impacts of a specific program from broader economic and societal conditions&amp;mdash;and to separate good research from bad. By using data they already collect and applying the same scientific tool that transformed modern medicine&amp;mdash;randomized evaluations&amp;mdash;to social policy, researchers and policymakers can work together to cut through opinion and build an arsenal of rigorous evidence in its place. &amp;nbsp;&lt;br&gt;
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Despite the hyperpartisan climate of politics in many areas of the world today, the evidence-based policymaking movement is gaining traction. In the United States, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, Democratic Senator Patty Murray and President Obama came together last year to enact legislation creating a federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, which aims to develop a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data to build evidence about government programs. State and local governments&amp;mdash;who are collectively responsible for spending $2.5 trillion each year (about 40 percent of the total government spending)&amp;mdash;are also joining in. In Washington State, for example, state human services departments track and report the percentage of funding allocated for evidence-based and/or research-based programs. &amp;nbsp;&lt;br&gt;
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Reorienting government decision-making to identify and fund programs that work can be slow and challenging, but can make a real difference in people&amp;rsquo;s lives. We offer five concrete steps state and local policymakers can take to use data effectively and ensure the greatest return on taxpayer dollars&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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