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Nick Hart, Ph.D.

President, Data Foundation

Nick Hart is the President of the Data Foundation. He helped to craft the milestone Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act, including the OPEN Government Data Act, and worked with numerous federal agencies and congressional committees to design effective data, evaluation, and privacy policies over the past decade.

Prior to joining the Data Foundation, Dr. Hart was Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Evidence Project. In that capacity, he championed a strategy for implementing the bipartisan recommendations issued by the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Dr. Hart previously served as the policy and research director for the commission, overseeing the policy and research team and leading development of the commission’s final report for Congress and the President in 2017.

With nearly a decade of experience in the federal government, Dr. Hart worked on a wide range of issues including social security, disability, anti-poverty, environmental, energy, economic development, and criminal justice policies. He served at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a senior analyst and special assistant, writing executive branch budget proposals and encouraging increased capacity for evidence-based practices across government. He also served as OMB’s representative on the White House steering committee for President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.

Dr. Hart has spoken widely about the need for government capacity to facilitate using data to inform decision-making inside and outside of government. He is an expert in federal policies related to data, evaluation, statistics, science, and privacy. In 2019, he received the FCW Federal 100 award.

Dr. Hart is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is an adjunct professor of program evaluation at George Washington University. He serves on the board of the Data Foundation and chairs the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation Policy Task Force.

Dr. Hart earned a doctorate from George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, specializing in program evaluation. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University.

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