Building upon foundations for evidence-based policy

Date: 10 May 2019

There is no natural constituency for evidence-based policy. It should, by rights, be the public who wants the most from their government (and their public funds). But the public, like most politicians, is often not aware of the ins and outs of evaluation methods and evidence. Think tanks and academics have long filled this gap and will likely continue to play key roles. But legislation signed into law in early 2019 could transform the way U.S. government officials design programs by in- troducing more scientific evidence into the process. On the basis of recommendations of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Evidence- Based Policymaking, this Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (“Evidence Act”) could help usher in a cultural shift toward evidence-based policy, and in so doing shed new light on many policy challenges, including welfare, crime prevention, drug abuse, and inequality.

Robert Hahn

Ethics and Economics

Ethics and Economics

Building upon foundations for evidence-based policy


Type: journal

Hahn, R. (2019). 'Building upon foundations for evidence-based policy'. Science, 364(6440), pp.534-535.


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