Washington, D.C. – Data Coalition Chief Executive Officer Nick Hart issued the following statement on the White House Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) issuance of guidance to federal agencies on “Program Evaluation Standards and Practices” required by the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking (Evidence) Act of 2018:
Data Coalition members welcome responsible guidance from the White House on how federal agencies use data to continuously improve federal programs. The new OMB guidance establishes reasonable standards for increasing the number and quality of evaluations available to policymakers. Data Coalition members strongly support the five principles outlined in the guidance: relevance and utility, rigor, independence and objectivity, transparency, and ethics. We look forward to working with federal agencies to implement effective evaluation practices in coming months and years.