Sept. 28, 2020
NCSL Announces New Center for Results-Driven Governing
Using data and evidence to make data-driven budget and policy decisions
Denver—Using the best available evidence and data to inform future budget and policy decisions is the focus of a new center and report created by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
NCSL’s new Center for Results-Driven Governing was launched this week, alongside the release of its flagship report, “The ABCs of Evidence-Informed Policymaking: Principles and Strategies for State Policymakers.” The center seeks to help decisionmakers use data and evidence to make budget and policy decisions and offers a framework and a set of tools that can be used to allocate resources most effectively.
NCSL Executive Director Tim Storey said the new center will build on NCSL’s bipartisan mission and commitment to helping states innovate by, “meeting states where they are to help them use data and evidence about what works to drive better results.”
With support from The Pew Charitable Trusts—and guidance from an advisory working group of state legislators, legislative staff and executive branch officials—the center will develop resources and tools to help support states’ use of data and evidence, and deliver technical assistance and training.
Working group member and Alabama Senator Arthur Orr said that “rather than having to reinvent the wheel,” the center will allow states the opportunity to learn from other states’ experiences, and “will give us a place to start and serve as a real guide.”
As part of launch week, the center is releasing a new report that outlines seven key principles of evidence-informed policymaking. From defining key terms—so decisionmakers know what’s meant by evidence-based or promising programs—to embedding evidence into the way states budget and prioritize spending, the “ABCs” report highlights strategies states have used to get the best results and make the most of taxpayer-funded programs.
Read the, “The ABCs of Evidence-Informed Policymaking: Principles and Strategies for State Policymakers” report
The NCSL Center for Results-Driven Governing
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.