Evidence-Based Policymaking: Program Assessment

Resources for states and counties

Evidence-Based Policymaking: Program Assessment

Resources for states and counties

In 2014, the Results First initiative identified a framework consisting of 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 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. This is known as program assessment.

Strategy: Define levels of evidence

Strategy: Review funded programs to identify what works

Strategy: Compare programs’ costs and benefits

The Results First initiative, a project supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, authored the publications in this collection.

Click here to return to the Evidence-Based Policymaking Resource Center five key components information page.

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