Building a 21st Century Evaluation Workforce

Webinar Information

On Wednesday, December 8th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET, FAS' Day One Talent Hub hosted a virtual discussion focused on Building a 21st Century Evaluation Workforce.


The webinar explored opportunities to support agency evaluation and data offices working to implement federal learning agendas and improve the use of evidence in policy and decision making. As the desire for greater evidence in policymaking increases, and federal agencies are tasked with developing and executing individual learning agendas, the need for growing and diversifying agency expertise to work on evaluation, access data,  and deliver on program and policy assessments increases. In this event, we heard from leaders in government working to advance evidence based policy and federal learning agendas, and uncovered opportunities for policy and talent to augment and strengthen federal evaluation and data teams.






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Diana Epstein is the Evidence Team Lead at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Evidence Team develops government-wide program evaluation policies, sets evidence building priorities, and leads efforts to improve Federal agency capacity to build and use evidence.


In her role, Diana leads implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Evidence Act), chairs the Evaluation Officer Council, and provides support and technical assistance on evidence-related activities and initiatives for a broad range of Federal agencies and functions.

Evaluation Leadership Panel

Discussing opportunities to drive progress on learning agendas with a focus on evaluation & data workforce capacities


Christina Ciocca Eller

Assistant Director for Evidence and Policy,

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Christina Yancey, PhD

Chief Evaluation Officer,

U.S. Department of Labor 


Clemencia Cosentino

Chief Evaluation Officer and Evaluation and Assessment Capability Section,

National Science Foundation 

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Emily Schmitt

Deputy Director of the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families 

Solutions Spotlight
Highlighting federal talent initiatives that agencies could leverage to support their teams


Jenny Mattingley

FAS Impact Fellow,

Subject Matter Expert-Qualification Assessments (SMEQA) Program


Chris Kuang

Co-Founder, US Digital Corps,


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Pompa Debroy

Strategy and Operations Lead,

Office of Evaluation Sciences,

U.S. General Services Administration