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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Workshop on “Principles & Practices for Federal Program Evaluation”

October 27, 2016

National Academies Keck Center
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC
Room 100

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Workshop Proceedings-in Brief

Background Materials - Principles and Policy Documents (with links)

Discussion Slides


ACF Evaluation Policy
Naomi Goldstein, Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

MCC Evaluation Policy
Jack Molyneaux, Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

IES Evaluation Policy
Ruth Neild, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

DOL Evaluation Policy
Demetra Nightingale, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Audio Files

Audio File 1
History of Federal Program Evaluation

Audio File 2
Review of Present Principles by Topic and Agency Coverage
What More Do We Need to Understand?

Audio File 3
Issues and Challenges for Implementing Principles & Practices
How Do We Institutionalize the Major Principles?

Audio File 4
Garnering Support and Maintaining Focus
Future of Principles & Practices for Federal Program Evaluation

Workshop Scope

A steering committee organized under the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a 1-day, public workshop, October 27, 2016, to comment on existing high-level guidelines for federal program evaluation, which generally reference such principles as rigor, relevance, transparency, independence, and ethics, as well as objectivity, clarity, reproducibility, and usefulness. The steering committee will invite participants to review and comment on existing agency policies for federal program evaluation, including but not limited to the evaluation policies from the sponsor agencies: ACF, ASPE, DOL, IES, and OMB. The agenda for the workshop will include sessions that assess existing documents and consider ways to build upon them, including drawing lessons from CNSTAT's experience in developing Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency, and will consider vehicles and resources that can maximize support for objective evaluation across the executive and legislative branches. A rapporteur will prepare a proceedings of the workshop consistent with National Academies’ institutional guidelines.

Sponsors: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE); U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); Institute for Education Sciences (IES); U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Workshop Steering Committee

Grover Whitehurst, Brookings Institution (chair)

Judith Gueron, MDRC President Emerita

Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania

Martha Moorehouse
, Heising-Simons Foundation

Howard Rolston, Abt Associates

William Sabol, Westat

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