Evidence-Based Policymaking

The Hon. Mick Mulvaney
OMB Director
The Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20503

Dear Director Mulvaney,

We are writing to express our strong support for the final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released last week. We urge you to work closely with the Administration and Congress to implement the administrative and legislative policy recommendations included in it by the end of 2018.

We commend U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for working together to create the Commission that received unanimous support from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in March 2016. We also commend them for announcing legislation to enact many of the recommendations. Importantly, we applaud Commission Chair Katharine Abraham, Commission Co-Chair Ron Haskins and the 13 other Commissioners who developed and signed the final report. These actions demonstrate the strong and growing bipartisan commitment to
improving the lives of the American people through the increased use of data and evidence.

The Commission’s bipartisan recommendations would help make our government more effective and efficient by:

  • Building evidence about the practices, policies and programs that will achieve the
    most effective and efficient results so that policymakers can make better
  • Investing limited taxpayer dollars in practices, policies and programs that use
    data, evidence and evaluation to demonstrate they work; and
  • Directing funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail
    to achieve measurable outcomes.

For all these reasons, we urge you to work closely with the Administration and Congress to implement the bipartisan recommendations in the final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking by the end of 2018.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Achievement Network (ANet)
Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP)
America Forward
America’s Promise Alliance
American Educational Research Association
American Statistical Association
AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management
Association of Public Data Users (APDU)
Be the Change
Bottom Line
Build Advisory Corporation
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Cascade Philanthropy Advisors
Center for Employment Opportunities
Center for Research and Reform in
Education, Johns Hopkins University
City of Philadelphia
City Year
Civic Enterprises
College Possible National
Communities In Schools
Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC)
Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)
Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics
Data Quality Campaign
Democracy Builders
EDGE Consulting Partners
Education and Outreach Group, Sonoma
State University
Education Development Center
Education Northwest Efficacity
Empirical Education
Educational Testing Service
Everyone Graduates Center
Forum for Youth Investment
Friends of the Children, Inc.
FUSE Corps
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
GreenLight Fund
Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee
County (FL)
IDEA Public Schools
Institute for Child Success
Jobs for the Future
JVS Boston
Knowledge Alliance
Leading Educators
Leaps and Bounds Family Services
Literacy Design Collaborative
McREL International
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas
Metro United Way (KY)
Mile High WorkShop
Millionair Club Charity
Morino Institute
National Forum to Accelerate Middle
Grades Reform
National Prevention Science Coalition
New Classrooms
New Leaders
New Profit
New Teacher Center
North Texas Alliance to Reduce
Unintended Pregnancy in Teens
Northern Humboldt Union High School District (CA)
Nurse Family Partnership
Opportunity Nation
PACE Center for Girls
Per Scholas
Project Evident
R Street Institute
Research Institute for Key Indicators
Results for America
RMC Research Corporation
Root Cause
SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Seneca Family of Agencies
Social Innovation Research Center
Sorenson Impact Center
Spurwink Services
Success for All Foundation
Sunlight Foundation
Teach Plus
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen
and Unplanned Pregnancy
The Policy & Research Group
Third Sector
Third Way
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Urban Alliance
Venture Philanthropy Partners
Wyman Center
Youth Villages
Dow Constantine, County Executive, King County (WA)
The Hon. Ben McAdams, Mayor, Salt
Lake County (UT)
Melody Barnes, Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions, and former
Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (Obama)
John Bridgeland, President & CEO, Civic
Enterprises, and former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (G.W. Bush)
Paul Carttar, former Director, Social Innovation Fund
Janice Eberly, James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance, Kellogg
School of Management, Northwestern University, and former
Assistant Secretary for Economic
Policy, U.S. Treasury
Dale Ellis, Superintendnet, Montgomery
County Schools (NC)
Jason Furman, Professor of Practice,
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,
and former Chairman, White House
Council of Economic Advisors
Linda Gibbs, Principal, Bloomberg
Philanthropies, and former New York
City Deputy Mayor for Health and
Human Services (Bloomberg Administration)
Kevin Madden, Partner, Hamilton Place
Strategies, and former Senior Advisor
and spokesman for Governor Mitt
Romney (2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns)
Rebecca Maynard, University Trustee
Chair Professor of Education & Social
Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Shelley Metzenbaum, former Associate
Director for Performance and Personnel Management, White House
Office of Management and Budget
Joshua Ogburn, Director, University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab
Bruce Reed, Co-Founder and CEO, Civic
Enterprises, and former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (Clinton)
Diane Schanzenbach, Director, Institute for Policy Research and Margaret Walker Alexander Professor, Northwestern University
Matt Segneri, Director, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative
Jay C. Shambaugh, Director, The Hamilton Project at Brookings
Institution, Professor, George
Washington University, and former Member, Council of Economic Advisors

cc: The Hon. Paul Ryan, The Hon. Patty Murray, Members of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking