Past Event

Investing in What Works: The Importance of Evidence-Based Policymaking

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Employment & Wages, Healthy Economy

Belt-tightening at all levels of government highlights the need to maximize the impact of taxpayer dollars. While there has been much rhetoric surrounding the need for data-driven policy, the calls are becoming louder for a real shift toward rigorous evaluation of new and existing programs to ensure that policymakers are driving tax dollars toward those programs with a track record of success.

On April 17th, The Hamilton Project at Brookings and Results for America, an initiative of America Achieves, co-hosted a forum and released two new papers on the crucial role of evidence and results in policymaking. U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Alan Krueger, Chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, joined former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin for a roundtable discussion on the importance of harnessing evidence to improve the effectiveness of federally funded programs.

Jeffrey B. Liebman of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government also discussed a new proposal on reforming government funding practices to reward innovation and evidence, and Louis Jacobson of New Horizons Economic Research discussed a policy proposal to motivate better data collection and evaluation in workforce development. Former White House Domestic Policy Council Director John Bridgeland and New York City Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs joined the authors for a roundtable discussion on these proposals.


Welcome and Introduction

Roger C. Altman
Founder & Chairman
Evercore Partners

Panel 1: Opportunities for Bringing Evidence to Policymaking

Author:  Jeffrey B. Liebman
Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy,
John F. Kennedy School of Government,
Harvard University

Author:  Louis Jacobson
President, New Horizons Economic Research

Discussant: John Bridgeland
President & CEO, Civic Enterprises;
Former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council

Discussant: Linda Gibbs
Deputy Mayor, New York City

Discussant: Michele Jolin
Managing Director, Results for America initiative, America Achieves

Moderator: Michael Greenstone
Senior Fellow and Director, The Hamilton Project
The Brookings Institution


Panel 2: Using Evidence To Drive Public Dollars Toward What Works

Speaker: Alan Krueger
Chair, President’s Council of Economic Advisers

Speaker: The Hon. Rob Portman
U.S. Senator (R-OH)

Speaker: The Hon. Mark Warner
U.S. Senator (D-VA)

Moderator: Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

Event Forum

The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA


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