Congress and evidence-based policymaking

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07/17/2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In this Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group session we examine the use of data and analyses in policymaking. What are the challenges Congress faces in attempting to implement evidence-based policymaking? How can increasing congressional capacity lead to more (and better) evidenced-based lawmaking?

Come join us as we discuss these questions. Lunch will be provided.

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Prof. Andrew Reamer, George Washington University
Timothy Shaw, Bipartisan Policy Center
Lucas Hitt, Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making


This meeting is open to Capitol Hill staff (except interns); experts on Congress; and anyone else who cares about the well-being of America’s legislative branch. This meeting is open to media, and the group’s co-directors, Kevin R. Kosar and Lee Drutman, are available for interviews and comment. They can be reached at and


New America and the R Street Institute launched the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group in spring 2016. The group formed in response to widespread perception that Congress is dysfunctional. The Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group aims to assess Congress’ capacity to perform its constitutional duties and to collaborate on ideas to improve the legislative branch’s performance in our separation-of-powers system.


12:00 PM

1:30 PM



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