Legislating Evidence-Based Policymaking

Legislating Evidence-Based Policymaking: A look at state laws that support data-driven decision-making


Pew Charitable Funds & John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

This article explains how various states have used evidence-based practices (EBPs) in their policymaking. Sections of this brief cover: what evidence-based policymaking is; five types of laws that uphold evidence-based programs--require agencies to inventory and categorize funded programs by their evidence of effectiveness; provide incentives for the use of evidence- and research-based programs; restrict funding of programs shown to be ineffective; require the use of evidence- or research-based programs; and dedicate funding to evidence- or research-based programs; and key considerations.

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