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The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Evidence-Based Social Policy: The Promise and Challenges of a Movement

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October 2018 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

For the past two decades, state and federal governments have seen a significant increase in evidence-based policymaking, which has allowed them to develop effective programs and improve existing ones. The field of evidence-based policy comprises several subdivisions, representing distinct approaches to generating and using evidence. While there is still a ways to go before the field proves consistent in improving the nation’s policies, the research presented here shows that the field is not to be overlooked, and can have positive implications for the future of policy in our nation.

This volume of The ANNALS provides a survey of the field of evidence-based practices and policymaking through papers written by the some of its most notable practitioners, including two U.S. senators and one of the original developers and implementers of the Pay for Success program model. The research in this volume provides a unique overview of the field of evidence-based policy, and demonstrates the benefits of this approach to policy-makers and the public alike.

Ron Haskins
Evidence-Based Policy: The Movement, the Goals, the Issues, the Promise
Jon Baron
A Brief History of Evidence-Based Policy
Larry L. Orr
The Role of Evaluation in Building Evidence-Based
Major Elements of the Evidence-Based Movement
Thomas Chupein and Rachel Glennerster
Evidence-Informed Policy from an International Perspective
Robert M. Groves
Use of Administrative Records in Evidence-Based Policymaking
William J. Congdon and Maya Shankar
The Role of Behavioral Economics in Evidence-Based Policymaking
Patrick Lester
Managing Toward Evidence: State-Level Evidence-Based Policymaking and the Results First Initiative
George Overholser
Pay for Success is Quietly Undergoing a Radical Simplification
The Contributions of Institutions
Kathy Stack
The Office of Management and Budget: The Quarterback of Evidence-Based Policy in the Federal Government
Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst
The Institute of Education Sciences: A Model for Federal Research Offices
Rebecca A. Maynard
The Role of Federal Agencies in Creating and Administering Evidence-Based Policies
Robert C. Granger
The Roles Foundations are Playing in the Evidence-Based Policy Movement
James X. Sullivan
The Role of Nonprofits Programs in Designing and Implementing Evidence-Based Programs
Significance of the Evidence-Based Policy Movement
Virgina Knox, Carolyn J. Hill, and Gordon Berlin
Can Evidence-Based Policy Ameliorate the Nation’s Social Problems?
Adam Gamoran
Evidence-Based Policy in the Real World: A Cautionary View
A Policy-Maker’s View
Senator Todd Young
Generating and Using Evidence Will Help to Reduce Social Problems
Senator Thomas R. Carper, Andrea Kane, and Isabel Sawhill
Following the Evidence to Reduce Unplanned Pregnancy and Improve the Lives of Children and Families

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