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M-20-12 Phase 4 Implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018: Program Evaluation Standards and Practices : Office of Management and Budget (OMB) , March 10, , 2020

March 10, 2020

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

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​​​​​​​From the introduction: “This Memorandum provides guidance to CFO Act agencies necessary to meet certain requirements of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 ("Evidence Act"), which was signed into law on January 14, 2019. The Evidence Act advances program evaluation as an essential component of Federal evidence building. Evaluation is an assessment using systematic data collection and analysis of one or more programs, policies, and organizations intended to assess their effectiveness and efficiency. This Memorandum provides program evaluation standards to guide agencies in developing and implementing evaluation activities, evaluation policies, and in hiring and retaining qualified staff. It also provides examples of leading practices for agencies to draw upon as they build evaluation capacity, develop policies and procedures, and carry out evaluations to support evidence-based policymaking. Future guidance will address how agencies should use the information generated from evaluations and other evidence-building activities to more effectively deliver on mission. While this guidance applies by law to CFO Act agencies, all agencies are strongly encouraged to implement the standards and best practices discussed in this Memorandum.”


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