This federally funded report discusses the evolution of evidence building in the United States and the vision for evidence-based policymaking, and presents the findings of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The Commission was provided just over a year to study and develop a strategy for strengthening government’s evidence-building and policymaking efforts. During the Commission’s fact-finding phase, numerous experts, researchers, government leaders, public and private organizations, and members of the public offered their perspectives on the Commission’s charge. Based on this collective input, the Commission determined that greater use of existing data is now possible in conjunction with stronger privacy and legal protections, as well as increased transparency and accountability. The Commission believes that improved access to data under more privacy-protective conditions can lead to an increase in both the quantity and the quality of evidence to inform important program and policy decisions. Recommendations are made that address on how the federal government can provide the infrastructure for secure access to data, the mechanisms to improve privacy protections and transparency about the uses of data for evidence building, and the institutional capability to support evidence-building. The report concludes by emphasizing the need for the leadership of the President and the Congress in calling for credible evidence to support policy decisions throughout government. 34 references.
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