Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP)

Project Overview

The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP) was established by the bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016, jointly sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and signed by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2016. The Act recognizes that better use of existing data may improve how government programs operate. The mission of the Commission is to develop a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality. Through the course of the Commission’s work, members will study how data, research, and evaluation are currently used to build evidence, and how to strengthen the government’s evidence-building efforts.”

Below are listed the Commission’s final report, as well as background papers that were prepared for the Commission.

CEP Final Report: The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking

Barriers to Using Administrative Data for Evidence Building [PDF]

Using Administrative and Survey Data to Build Evidence [PDF]

Comprehensive Data Inventory [PDF]

Privacy and Accountability in the Use of Administrative and Survey Data [PDF]

Overview of Federal Evidence-Building Efforts [PDF]