Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi, and Director Mulvaney,

We are writing to express our strong support for the final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released last week. We urge you to work closely with the Administration and Congress to implement the administrative and legislative policy recommendations included in it by the end of 2018.

We commend U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) for working together to create the Commission that received unanimous support from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in March 2016. We also commend them for announcing legislation to enact many of the recommendations. Importantly, we applaud Commission Chair Katharine Abraham, Commission Co-Chair Ron Haskins and the 13 other Commissioners who developed and signed the final report. These actions demonstrate the strong and growing bipartisan commitment to improving the lives of the American people through the increased use of data and evidence.

The Commission’s bipartisan recommendations would help make our government more effective and efficient by:

  • Building evidence about the practices, policies and programs that will achieve the most effective and efficient results so that policymakers can make better decisions;
  • Investing limited taxpayer dollars in practices, policies and programs that use data, evidence and evaluation to demonstrate they work; and
  • Directing funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.

For all these reasons, we urge you to work closely with the Administration and Congress to implement the bipartisan recommendations in the final report of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking by the end of 2018.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.


Achievement Network (ANet)

Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP)


America Forward

America’s Promise Alliance

American Educational Research Association

American Statistical Association

AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation

Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management

Association of Public Data Users (APDU)

BARR Center

Be the Change

Boston Plan for Excellence

Bottom Line

Build Advisory Corporation

Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)

Cascade Philanthropy Advisors

Center for Employment Opportunities

Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University


City of Philadelphia

City Year

Civic Enterprises

College Possible National

Communities In Schools

Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC)

Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER)

Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics


Data Quality Campaign

Democracy Builders

EDGE Consulting Partners

Education and Outreach Group, Sonoma State University

Education Development Center

Education Northwest

Educational Testing Service


Empirical Education

Everyone Graduates Center


Forum for Youth Investment

Friends of the Children, Inc.

FUSE Corps

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

GreenLight Fund

Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County (FL)

IDEA Public Schools

Institute for Child Success

Jobs for the Future

JVS Boston

Knowledge Alliance

Leading Educators

Leaps and Bounds Family Services


Literacy Design Collaborative

McREL International

MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Metro United Way (KY)

Mile High WorkShop

Millionair Club Charity

Morino Institute

National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform

National Prevention Science Coalition


New Classrooms

New Leaders

New Profit

New Teacher Center

North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens

Northern Humboldt Union High School District (CA)

Nurse Family Partnership

Opportunity Nation

PACE Center for Girls

Per Scholas


Project Evident

R Street Institute


Research Institute for Key Indicators

Results for America

RMC Research Corporation


Root Cause

SC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Seneca Family of Agencies

Social Innovation Research Center

Sorenson Impact Center

Spurwink Services

Success for All Foundation

Sunlight Foundation

Teach Plus

The Boston Foundation

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

The Policy & Research Group

Third Sector

Third Way


U.S. Soccer Foundation

United Way of King County (WA)

Urban Alliance

Venture Philanthropy Partners


Wyman Center

Youth Villages



Dow Constantine, County Executive, King County (WA)

The Hon. Ben McAdams, Mayor, Salt Lake County (UT)

Melody Barnes, Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions, and former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (Obama)

John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO, Civic Enterprises, and former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (G.W. Bush)

Paul Carttar, former Director, Social Innovation Fund



Janice Eberly, James R. and Helen D. Russell Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and former Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, U.S. Treasury

Dale Ellis, Superintendent, Montgomery County Schools (NC)

Jason Furman, Professor of Practice, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and former Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisors

Linda Gibbs, Principal, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and former New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (Bloomberg Administration)

Kevin Madden, Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies, and former Senior Advisor and spokesman for Governor Mitt Romney (2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns)

Rebecca Maynard, University Trustee Chair Professor of Education & Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Shelley Metzenbaum, former Associate Director for Performance and Personnel Management, White House Office of Management and Budget

Joshua Ogburn, Director, University of Virginia Pay for Success Lab

Bruce Reed, Co-Founder and CEO, Civic, and former Director, White House Domestic Policy Council (Clinton)

Diane Schanzenbach, Director, Institute for Policy Research and Margaret Walker Alexander Professor, Northwestern University

Matt Segneri, Director, Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative

Jay C. Shambaugh, Director, The Hamilton Project at Brookings Institution, Professor, George Washington University, and former Member, Council of Economic Advisors