Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking

The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as the Evidence Act) requires changes to how the federal government manages and uses the information it collects, emphasizing strong agency coordination for the strategic use of data.

The Evidence Act requires agencies to develop an evidence-building plan as a part of their quadrennial strategic plan, as well as an evaluation plan concurrent with their annual performance plan. It codifies and expands existing Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA) authorities. It also mandates that data be "open by default" taking into account privacy and confidentiality, requiring the development of an open data plan and a single platform that inventories all of the agency's open data assets.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos designated the following senior agency officials to lead the Department of Education's efforts to implement the law and support the necessary cross-office and cross-agency coordination.

Chief Data Officer:Gregory Fortelny
Evaluation Officer:Matthew Soldner
Statistical Official:James Woodworth

As guidance is received and these officials work within and across agencies, the Department of Education looks forward to reporting its successes in implementing the law and supporting the strategic use of data.