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In the Spotlight – Christina Yancey, Chief Evaluation Officer, Department of Labor

By The Evidence Team, OMB · November 29, 2021
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In the Spotlight serves to introduce you to the people and offices across the Federal Government who are doing the hard work of undertaking program evaluation and shine a light on their many notable accomplishments and activities... Continue Reading

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In the Spotlight – IRS Office of Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics

By The Evidence Team, OMB · November 17, 2021

We are excited to kick off a new regular feature on – In the Spotlight! In these posts, we will introduce you to the people and offices across the Federal Government who are doing the hard work of undertaking... Continue Reading

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And the Winners Are...

By The Evidence Team, OMB · October 11, 2021
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We are pleased to announce the winners of the Inaugural Evaluation Officer Council Recognition Program! These awards honor Federal civil service leaders committed to advancing evaluation and evidence-based policymaking across the... Continue Reading

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OMB M-21-27: Guidance worth getting excited about

By The Evidence Team, OMB · September 27, 2021
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It’s not often that OMB guidance and evidence-based policymaking generate media buzz, especially not together. But, the recent release of OMB M-21-27, responding to the January, 2021 Presidential Memorandum on... Continue Reading

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Welcome to

By Diana Epstein, Evidence Team Lead, OMB · August 26, 2021
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Welcome to, the home for Federal program evaluation and the Evaluation Officer Council. We are excited to launch this site as a resource to support and build the Federal evaluation community,... Continue Reading

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Using Evaluation to Advance Our Priorities

By Danny Yagan, Associate Director for Economic Policy, OMB · August 25, 2021
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As this Administration works to address complex and urgent challenges facing our country, evaluation is necessary for answering key questions about what works and how we can improve, and is critical... Continue Reading

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An Insider’s View on Implementing the Evidence Act

By Matt Soldner, Evaluation Officer, ED · August 24, 2021
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As the Evaluation Officer for the Department of Education (ED) and member of the Evaluation Officer Council, I have been privileged to help make the vision of the Evidence Act a reality. Along the way,... Continue Reading

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Another Council? Why an Interagency Council on Evaluation Policy

By Jeffrey Hemmeter, Acting Deputy Associate Commissioner for the Office of Research, Demonstration, and Employment Support, SSA · August 23, 2021
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The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) was a culmination of years of efforts to set evaluation on par with statistics and data as necessary for ensuring federal policies are... Continue Reading

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