Data Foundation examines federal implementation of Evidence Act assessment provisions


A Data Foundation investigation revealed progress in federal agencies’ implementation of the evaluation provisions of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.

The Data Foundation said 68% of federal evaluation officials surveyed said their agencies had published an evaluation policy and 41% of those polled said their organizations had developed an annual evaluation plan for the fiscal year 2022.

Respondents reported high levels of collaboration with data officers, statistics officers and senior executives in writing agency learning programs, according to the Washington, DC-based nonprofit think tank.

The study showed that assessment officers are experienced and clear in their roles. Almost 90 percent of respondents said they had spent more than five years in the federal government, and at least half of them had served as an evaluation manager for more than five years. Seventy-one percent of respondents said they understood their role as an evaluation manager.

Seventy-five percent of those surveyed said they believed evaluation officials were “better able to respond to evaluation capacity and process issues codified in the evidence law at the time of the survey. that in 2018, before the adoption of the law on evidence ”, we read in the report. .

The study also found that the size of budgets and staff to support evaluation differs considerably from government to government, and that evaluation officers need additional support and resources to move the evaluation forward. implementation of the Evidence Act.

The report listed eight recommendations for advancing the evaluation function within the federal government, including the need for the Office of Management and Budget and agencies to seek funding flexibility and increased resources in budget request. of the president for the capacity to assess and appeal to senior agency executives. empower evaluation officers to conduct training and education initiatives on evaluation.

The Data Foundation interviewed federal evaluation officials between October 22 and November 15, in partnership with the American Evaluation Association. The complete contact list for the survey included 158 valid contacts. A total of 21 respondents responded to the survey, representing a response rate of 13%. While 32 contacts responded to at least part of the survey, showing a response rate of 20%.


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