“We’ve always done it this way” is used to ensure that certain policy and programs are kept afloat during economic crisis, or, given kudos during more robust budget years. But, is “tradition” the best reason to fund government programs or make policy? The Pew MacArthur Results First Initiative is touting a more efficient plan.
Employing an evidence-based policy making strategy, that uses data and research to determine success rates of state programs, is becoming more common with government leaders. Measuring outcomes, good and bad, can determine the effectiveness of programs and policies and better align state budget dollars. Twenty-two states are currently using the Results First Initiative.
The article “How evidence-based programs can help make state policies more effective”, by Kaitlyn Ridel found on fiscalnote.com outlines the five-step system that Results First developed to implement an evidence-based policy making strategy.
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