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.
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 intervention is particularly acute with regard to addressing the extreme inequity across American society, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is clear that government policies and systems — whether intentional or not — have played a role in worsening inequity. But well-designed, evidence-driven government efforts can help reverse this trend, and expand opportunity for those who need it most. …
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.
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
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 held furthest from opportunity by the inequities in our healthcare and social systems, face even more significant burdens such as illness, death of loved ones, job loss, and the disruption of critical support services, not to mention fear and anxiety. Low-income communities and communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the virus, so improving their health and economic well-being is key to recovery. …
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.
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.
Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Lanetta Haynes Turner, Chief of Staff for Cook County, IL.
By Celeste Richie
With the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) expiring in September 2020, Results for America recently released Moneyball for Workforce Development with detailed recommendations for ways to leverage WIOA to improve the use of evidence in the public workforce system and achieve better results for the system’s participants.
I recently had the privilege to discuss RFA’s new paper as well as the promising evaluation findings from the WorkAdvance study and the impressive strides that the state of Pennsylvania is making in building a more evidence-based and equitable public workforce system with Frieda Molina, Deputy Director for the Low-Wage Workers and Communities Policy Area at MDRC, and Allison Jones, Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning in the Office of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. …
Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Miguel Sangalang, Deputy Mayor for Budget & Innovation for the City of Los Angeles, CA.