We appreciate Patrick Lester's recent response to our op-ed " Getting 'Moneyball' Right in the Social Sector," in which we call for a broadened evidence base to guide social funding decisions and argue that to achieve stronger outcomes, we must embrace-rather than control for-adaptive integration and real-world complexity.
Each year governments spend billions of dollars on programs addressing poverty, education, health, and other social issues. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of these funds are being spent on programs with strong evidence that they work. Evidence-based policy-sometimes called "Moneyball for Government"-is a small, but growing, effort to change this.
House Republicans staked their claim to a share of the evidence-based policy movement last week. The proposals were embedded in a larger Republican framework for addressing poverty, the first in a series of such reports that are expected to be released over the next few weeks.
The Obama administration has made substantial progress in measuring federal program effectiveness, but more needs to be done to shift federal funding to programs that work, according to a scorecard released Monday by Results for America, a bipartisan advocacy organization that supports greater performance in government.
Architect of the U.S. Capitol Efforts to broaden the use of data and research in federal policymaking may receive a substantial boost from a commission created by Congress last month. The new Evidence-based Policymaking Commission, established by legislation signed by President Obama on March 30, is charged with identifying ways to increase the use of such information.
The Church Lane bridge in Lower Macungie Township will be closed Friday - earlier than previously expected - in preparation for repairs that the state is requiring to improve the safety of the span.
A joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives in 2014. Drop of Light/Shutterstock.com Presidential budgets are often greeted with little enthusiasm when Congress is controlled by the opposite party. This year's Obama budget is no exception. But buried within the president's $4.15 trillion budget are recommendations on evidence-based policymaking that may prove more influential than some expect.
Whole Foods Market Group on Thursday received approval for a liquor license transfer that will allow the company to serve alcohol at its first Lehigh Valley store in Lower Macungie Township. Commissioners unanimously approved the transfer to the future Whole Foods store at the planned Costco-anchored Hamilton Crossings shopping center between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 222 bypass at Krocks Road.
As Allentown police and emergency workers tried to detour traffic Tuesday so repair crews could fix a gaping sinkhole on Lehigh Street, a 38-year-old man tried to take a shortcut, driving through the barricaded street and almost running them down when they tried to stop him, according to court records.
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