Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Mary Marx, President and Chief Executive Officer for Pace Center for Girls.

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  1. Summarize what you do and how you do it.
    Pace Center for Girls works to ensure that all girls and young women have power in a just and equitable society by focusing on those who have experienced significant trauma in their young lives and helping them find hope, love, and change, at home, in school and in their communities.
  2. Share something exciting that you’re working on. Girls’ experiences in communities across…

Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Tina Walha, Director of Innovation & Performance for the City of Seattle, WA.

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  1. Summarize what you do and how you do it.
    I support change agents — including my multi-disciplinary team, City leadership, City staff, and community partners — to leverage data and design to improve how government works and feels for our residents.
  2. Share something exciting that you’re working on. The introduction of COVID-19 vaccines brings with it excitement for all of us and a number of strategic and operational challenges for…


By Celeste Richie

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Northern Virginia has developed a Pay-for-Performance contract that links the allocation of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to positive workforce outcomes for young adults.

In December, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released guidance for the Pay-for-Performance provisions (PFP) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). While releasing this guidance is a big step, and one that the workforce system has been waiting for since WIOA was authorized in 2014, the guidance comes with opportunities and challenges.

While performance-based contracts and grants were already allowable, and even encouraged, under WIOA (and its precursor, WIA), one of the exciting components of PFP is the ability that Workforce Development Boards (WDB) have to set aside up to ten percent of WIOA funding…


Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Matt Klein, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity) for the City of New York, NY.

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  1. Summarize what you do and how you do it.
    I lead the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity — we use evidence and innovation to help the City reduce poverty and advance equity.
  2. Share something exciting that you’re working on. As New York City continues to respond to the pandemic, we are also building on experiences from the crisis to emerge a more…

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A Quick Guide to Results for America’s Economic Mobility Catalog

By Maia Jachimowicz and Ross Tilchin

The race to approve COVID vaccines this year has highlighted the critical importance of rigorously testing medical interventions through clinical trials, helping us understand the benefits as well as any side effects before they are broadly administered to the public.

This same principle holds for social policy. Without tracking the performance of various public policies and programs and evaluating their impact, governments may be investing in costly initiatives that have little to no effect or, even worse, cause harm.

The need for evidence-driven policy…


Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Chris Woolard, Senior Executive Director for the Center for Performance and Impact for the Ohio Department of Education.

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  1. Summarize what you do and how you do it.
    Our team, the Center for Performance and Impact, develops and implements assessment and accountability systems and research and evaluation frameworks to use data for continuous improvement. Our mission has very much evolved in the past few years as we focus on how we can use these systems to support continuous improvement.
  2. Share something exciting that you’re…


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These Federal Agency Snapshots showcase how nine agencies lead the federal government in evidence-based policy

Launched in 2013, Results for America’s annual Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence (Federal Standard of Excellence) serves as a “north star” for how federal agencies and departments can consistently and effectively use data and evidence in budget, policy, and management decisions to achieve better outcomes for their residents.

The following Federal Standard of Excellence Agency Snapshots provide a glimpse into nine agencies’ evidence-based policy agenda. The Snapshots highlight key accomplishments and areas for future progress. …


By Kate Tromble

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Under normal circumstances, 380,000 children are born to first-time mothers living in poverty every year. Many of these women face multiple health risks including: heart disease, depression, intimate partner violence, substance use, inadequate nutrition, and even death. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 22% of women in the U.S. do not begin prenatal care as early as they should, with rates rising to 33% for African American and American Indian and Alaska Native women.

During the COVID-19 health crisis, which has profoundly changed family life across the country, families, particularly those families who have been…


Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Heather Boughton, Director of the Office of Research, Evaluation & Advanced Analytics for the Ohio Department of Education.

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  1. Summarize what you do and how you do it.
    I help the Department answer questions about education in Ohio, by connecting teams to resources, demystifying the research process, and helping teams see the human stories in data and research.
  2. Share something exciting that you’re working on. Through a partnership with Cleveland State University’s Center for Urban Education, Ohio is studying how school districts make sense…

Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Gilbert Montaño, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans, LA.

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  1. Summarize what you do and how you do it.
    I serve as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Orleans, tasked with being the Mayor’s second-in-command. My primary responsibilities are to oversee the day-to-day management of City departments, to prepare and execute the City’s operating and capital budgets, and to coordinate and implement innovative solutions to reform City government — and I do this with a lot of coffee.

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