Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Dave Gottesman, CountyStat Manager for Montgomery County, MD.

  1. Summarize what you do and how you do it. I have the very fortunate role of leading a team of extremely talented analysts — we are mainly responsible for two things: (1) the development, reporting, monitoring, and improvement of performance metrics for all County departments, and (2) helping the County Government to leverage the data the organization is sitting on top of through analytics, dashboarding, mapping, and other tactics for more informed discussion and decision-making…

2020 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence

The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) incentivizes building evaluation capacities in the federal government; however, the law did not come with funding attached for implementation, leaving agencies to locate or redistribute resources to fully implement the Act, including its evaluation components. The resources criteria (criteria 3) in Results for America’s Invest in What Works Federal Standards of Excellence (Federal Standard of Excellence) helps agencies to quantify their evaluation related spending. …


By Kate Tromble

It’s infrastructure season. President Biden has proposed an American Jobs Plan that, following on the heels of the American Rescue Plan, could help the country rebuild roads, schools, and other critical and civic infrastructure. The success of this plan lies, in part, in identifying a way to pay for it. One mechanism that has been suggested is raising the corporate tax rate, the highest marginal tax rate and the tax on investment income, setting off a debate about whether such an increase could cover the cost of the plan and what impact it would have on businesses…


What does investing in what works look like? In Texas, state workforce officials are demonstrating how evidence-based grantmaking can improve outcomes for young people looking for a pathway to a successful career.

On March 25, 2021, RFA Workforce Fellows from the Texas Workforce Commission issued a $1.5 million ($300,000 per grant award) grant notice seeking applicants to provide building and construction trades-related training to youth aged 16–24 who are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor market. …


By Sara Kerr, Kate Tromble, and Laney Umland

As we pass the one-year mark of schools and districts’ shift to remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the importance for education to be continuously evolving to meet the growing needs of students and communities. Particularly given the pandemic’s disparate impact on Black and Latino students, students with disabilities, English learners, and students experiencing poverty.


2020 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence

Research and evaluation are key tools that governments can leverage to challenge assumptions made in policy. They allow policymakers to make well-informed decisions. The research and evaluation criteria in Results for America’s Invest in What Works Federal Standards of Excellence (Federal Standard of Excellence) assesses federal agencies’ research and evaluation capacities in areas such as the quality of the policies governing their evaluation activities (2.1) and their plans for investing and conducting evaluations (2.2) by building evidence (of what works and for whom) through learning agendas (2.3). These activities support and…


Results for America Fellowship Alumni give five answers in five minutes. This month, we caught up with Megan Hillyard, Director of Administrative Services for Salt Lake County, UT.

  1. Summarize what you do and how you do it.
    I lead the Mayor’s Office of Administrative Services where we provide critical internal services, such as information technology, data and innovation, and results-based contracting, that enable agencies to connect with and serve the constituents of Salt Lake County effectively and equitably.
  2. Share something exciting that you’re working on. As Salt Lake County works to recover from the pandemic, we are looking to reshape…


By Jack Monahan

In March of 2020, a once-in-a-generation economic downturn and unemployment shocked the United States alongside the coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act, legislation written to reverse the damage done to America’s workers, has changed how some are thinking about how we get people back in jobs that support their wellbeing, families, and communities.

Seema Jain, a Workforce Fellow with Results for America, Vice President of Operations and Contract Monitoring for the SkillSource Group, Inc. …


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.

  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.

  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…

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