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Bridging Evidence & Innovation
Andrew Feldman, PhD, MPP
Evidence and Innovation Team
U.S. Office of Management and Budget
A perceived gap…
Evidence Innovation
• Using existing
knowledge about what
works
• Rigorously testing
whether something
wo...
In recent years, new efforts in U.S.
government to bridge:
Evidence Innovation
Today’s presentation:
5 quick insights from...
Supported Work Demonstration
Youth Adult men Adult women
63
57
Employed(%)
49
Program group
#1: Ensure everyone understand...
Youth Adult men Adult women
63
57
41
Employed(%)
63
53
49
Control group
Key Question: Where is Our Program
Having the Grea...
Key Question: Where is Our Program
Having the Greatest Impact?
Insight #1: Ensure everyone understands
the value of rigoro...
Key Question: Where is Our Program
Having the Greatest Impact?
Insight #1: Ensure everyone understands
the value of rigoro...
Key Question: Where is Our Program
Having the Greatest Impact?
Scale-up
Development
Validation
#4: Use tiered-evidence gra...
Key Question: Where is Our Program
Having the Greatest Impact?
Insight #2: Use tiered-evidence grant
programs (a.k.a. inno...
Key Question: Where is Our Program
Having the Greatest Impact?
#5: Bridge “silos” within agencies by
connecting experts to...
Resources
Andrew Feldman
afeldman@omb.eop.gov
www.govinnovator.com
• OMB Memo M-13-17: Next Steps in the Evidence
and Inno...
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Presentation by Andy Feldman on Bridging Evidence and Innovation made at the OECD Conference on Innovating the Public Sector: From Ideas to Impact (12-13 November 2014)

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This presentation by Andy Feldman was made at the OECD conference on Innovating the Public Sector: From Ideas to Impact (12-13 November 2014). For more information visit the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation: https://www.oecd.org/governance/observatory-public-sector-innovation/events/.

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Presentation by Andy Feldman on Bridging Evidence and Innovation made at the OECD Conference on Innovating the Public Sector: From Ideas to Impact (12-13 November 2014)

  1. 1. Bridging Evidence & Innovation Andrew Feldman, PhD, MPP Evidence and Innovation Team U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  2. 2. A perceived gap… Evidence Innovation • Using existing knowledge about what works • Rigorously testing whether something works (involves replication) • Trying new approaches in order to find better ways of doing things
  3. 3. In recent years, new efforts in U.S. government to bridge: Evidence Innovation Today’s presentation: 5 quick insights from our experience
  4. 4. Supported Work Demonstration Youth Adult men Adult women 63 57 Employed(%) 49 Program group #1: Ensure everyone understands the value of rigorous evaluation
  5. 5. Youth Adult men Adult women 63 57 41 Employed(%) 63 53 49 Control group Key Question: Where is Our Program Having the Greatest Impact? Insight #1: Ensure everyone understands the value of rigorous evaluation Program group Supported Work Demonstration #1: Ensure everyone understands the value of rigorous evaluation
  6. 6. Key Question: Where is Our Program Having the Greatest Impact? Insight #1: Ensure everyone understands the value of rigorous evaluation #2: Frame evidence-building as learning, not just an “up or down” verdict • Traditional evaluation: Does this program work? • Can feel threatening • Instead: How can we make program better? Which versions are better? • E.g.: U.S. Dept of Labor Learning Agendas
  7. 7. Key Question: Where is Our Program Having the Greatest Impact? Insight #1: Ensure everyone understands the value of rigorous evaluation #3: Behavioral insights team can open doors to innovation & learning • Many agencies: Little experience of innovation / rigorous evaluation • Behavioral insights team (called “SBST” in U.S.) = non-threatening way to start • Team asks: What operational improvements could we test to better achieve your goals? • Ex: US Dept. of Education - student loans
  8. 8. Key Question: Where is Our Program Having the Greatest Impact? Scale-up Development Validation #4: Use tiered-evidence grant programs (a.k.a. innovation funds)
  9. 9. Key Question: Where is Our Program Having the Greatest Impact? Insight #2: Use tiered-evidence grant programs (a.k.a. innovation funds) Examples: •Investing in Innovation (i3) •Workforce Innovation Fund •Social Innovation Fund •Home Visiting •Teen Pregnancy Prevention #4: Use tiered-evidence grant programs (a.k.a. innovation funds)
  10. 10. Key Question: Where is Our Program Having the Greatest Impact? #5: Bridge “silos” within agencies by connecting experts to address key challenges • Policy officials • Program managers • Experts in:  Innovation  Evaluation  Performance  Data
  11. 11. Resources Andrew Feldman afeldman@omb.eop.gov www.govinnovator.com • OMB Memo M-13-17: Next Steps in the Evidence and Innovation Agenda • 2014 Economic Report of the President, Ch. 7: Evaluation as a Tool for Improving Fed. Programs • 2015 President’s Budget Fact Sheet: Building and Using Evidence to Strengthen Results

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