Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act

On November 13, 2017, COPAFS joined other organizations to express our support for the “Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act” (H.R. 4174 and S. 2046).

The Hon. Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
U.S. Senate
S-230 US Capitol
Washington, DC 20510
The Hon. Charles Schumer
Minority Leader
U.S. Senate
S-221 U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20510
The Hon. Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232 U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20510
The Hon. Nancy Pelosi
Minority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives
H-204, US Capitol
Washington D.C. 20515

Dear Leader Mcconnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi,

We are writing to express our support for the “Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act” (H.R. 4174 and S. 2046). As individuals and organizations committed to using data and evidence to improve outcomes for our nation’s citizens, we are grateful for the introduction of this important legislation.

We commend Speaker Ryan and Senator Murray for introducing this bipartisan legislation and applaud their collaboration that created the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, whose final report informed the legislation.

These actions demonstrate a strong and growing bipartisan commitment to improving the lives of the American people through the increased use of data and evidence. We believe H.R. 4174 and S. 2046 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 decisions.

For all these reasons, we urge you to work together on a bipartisan basis to pass the “Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act” through the U.S. House and Senate by the end of the year.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Achievement Network
Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP)
America Forward
America’s Promise Alliance
American Educational Research Association
American Statistical Association
AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
Association of Public Data Users
BARR Center
Be The Change, Inc.
Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Bottom Line
Build Advisory
Cascade Philanthropy Advisors
Center for Employment Opportunities
Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) at Johns Hopkins School of Education
City Year
Civic Enterprises
College Possible National
Communities In Schools
Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC)
Consortium of Social Science Associations
Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)
Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics
Data Quality Campaign
Democracy Builders
EDGE Consulting Partners
Education Analytics
Education Northwest
Empirical Education
Everyone Graduates Center
Forum for Youth Investment
Friends of the Children
GreenLight Fund
Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County, Inc.
Institute for Child Success
Institute for Higher Education Policy
JVS Boston
Knowledge Alliance
Leading Educators
Leaps and Bounds Family Services
Learning Forward
Literacy Design Collaborative
LSI Business Development
Marzano Research
McREL International
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Mile High WorkShop
Millionair Club Charity
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
National Prevention Science Coalition
New Leaders
New Profit, Inc.
Ntarupt – The North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens
Nurse-Family Partnership
Opportunity Nation
PACE Center for Girls
Per Scholas
Project Evident
Quantified Ventures
Research Institute for Key Indicators (RIKI)
Results for America
RMC Research
Root Cause
Social Innovation Research Center
Sorenson Impact Center at University of Utah
Spurwink Services
Success for All Foundation
Sunlight Foundation
Teach For America
Teach Plus
Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
The Boston Foundation
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The Policy & Research Group
Third Sector
U.S. Soccer Foundation
University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab
Urban Alliance
Venture Philanthropy Partners
Workforce Data Quality Campaign
Wyman Center
Youth Villages
The Hon. Ben McAdams, Mayor, Salt Lake County (UT)
The Hon. Dow Constantine, County Executive, King County (WA)
The Hon. Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville (KY)
The Hon. Michael S. Rawlings, Mayor, City of Dallas (TX)
Andrea Phillips, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Maycomb Capital
Bruce Reed, Co-Founder and CEO, Civic, and former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (Clinton)
George Overholser, Board Chair, Third Sector Capital Partners
John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO, Civic Enterprises, and former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (G.W. Bush)
Kevin Kosar, Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute
Kevin Madden, Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies, and former Senior Advisor and spokesman for Governor Mitt Romney (2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns)
Linda Gibbs, Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Lynn Cominsky, Professor and Chair, Sonoma State University
Matt Segneri, Director, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative
Melody Barnes, Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions, and former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (Obama)

cc: The Hon. Patty Murray

Download/Print a copy of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act Sign on Letter.