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Peter Orszag

The case for evidence-based policymaking in Washington

The case for evidence-based policymaking in Washington

The most radical and surprising development in Washington policymaking today is the use of scientific research to determine what does or doesn't work in government spending. Basing spending on rigorous evaluation of a program's results may seem self-evident, but it has never been a significant part of Washington's work — until now. The Obama administration placed evidence-based policymaking at the heart of six major social initiatives covering job training, career education, K-12 education, teen pregnancy, and maternal and infant well-being, and the effort is beginning to bear fruit. That's the view of Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution, a leading advocate...

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