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

Principles & Practices for Federal Program Evaluation
Follow-Up Seminar
June 18, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  REGISTER HERE (in-person registration is closed, but webcast is still available)
AGENDA  |  Speaker Biosketches

This seminar included discussion among the experts on the themes that emerged from the 2016 workshop (see information below), and how they relate to the new Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 which requires, among other activities, that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) "issue guidance for program evaluation for agencies consistent with widely accepted standards for evaluation and identify best practices for evaluation that would improve Federal program evaluation."

October 27, 2016

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

Download the workshop proceedings here

Download the agenda

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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