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Pew Launches New Resource for State and Local Leaders

By Jennifer Burnett
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative has launched a new online resource center that provides case studies about the effective use of data by state and local governments.

The new website offers insights that can help leaders make more evidence-based policy decisions. Local government leaders can use this resource center to explore new ideas, identify promising practices, and inform their own strategies for creating a more effective government.

For example, policymakers can read about Maryland’s Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, who created a uniform way to measure youth mentoring outcomes to help agency leaders better measure the impact of specific programs at the community level.

In 2014, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative identified five key components of evidence-based policymaking:

·         Program assessment

·         Budget development

·         Implementation oversight

·         Outcome monitoring

·         Targeted evaluation

Explore each of these components and learn more from Pew’s website.