FAS & The Pew Charitable Trusts Evidence Project are inviting the broader science, technology, innovation, and research community to contribute ideas rooted in the production, use, and uptake of scientific evidence to improve policy outcomes across critical societal challenges including health, education and workforce, and climate and clean energy.

Showcasing the Impact of Using Evidence and Data to Solve Societal Challenges

Since the enactment of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act in 2018, leaders across the federal government have worked diligently to fulfill its legislatively mandated goals. While significant progress has been made in the development of agency-wide learning agendas and the introduction of chief data and evaluation officers in federal agencies, it is essential to identify and support initiatives that demonstrate why it is so important for government to use evidence to help solve societal problems.

The recently announced White House Year of Evidence for Action provides a platform for agencies to share leading practices, strengthen and develop new strategies, and increase collaboration within and outside government to encourage evidence-based decision-making across the federal government. But further work is needed to demonstrate how the strategic use of evidence can lead to better policy outcomes for the American people.

Achieving an evidence-based Government demands a whole-of-Government approach where leadership and staff view evidence generation and use as essential to their roles.

President Biden’s FY23 Budget Request

The Evidence for Action Challenge in collaboration with The Pew Charitable Trusts Evidence Project was initiated to drive progress on critical policy challenges, surfacing ideas rooted in scientific evidence that can lead to better outcomes across the Administration’s most pressing priorities, including health, education and workforce, and climate and clean energy.

The Evidence for Action Challenge is a collaboration between: