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Evidence-Informed Decision-Making

Enabling Evidence-Informed Policymaking

The U.S. government collects vast amounts of data that can and should be analyzed to inform government policy. The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Evidence Act) presents major government-wide reforms for making data more accessible and useful for decision-making. At the heart of the Evidence Act is the goal of increasing availability of federal data to build evidence about government programs and policies. The law does this while maintaining strict privacy protections so that personally identifiable information is safeguarded. 

The Data Coalition is committed to ensuring the Evidence Act is successfully implemented and seeing more evidence-informed and data-driven decision-making throughout government. Activities include: 

    • Identifying and improving processes in government that enable improved data quality and access without inhibiting use
    • Developing of agency learning agendas with key data collection, management, and evaluation attributes
    • Promoting of effective agency evaluation policies, standards, and practices
    • Legislative Priorities in the 118th Congress: Congressional Resolution for a Commission on Evidence-Building 
    • Implementation Priority: Implementation of the Recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence-building on creating a National Secure Data Service

Key Laws

Evidence Act

Key Legislation 

Congressional Evidence-Based Policymaking Resolution


Press Releases and Statements


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