Past Events

Building a 21st Century Evaluation Workforce


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.

Procurement as an Instrument of Policy: Novel Approaches to Climate Challenges

October 21st, 2021 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Nascent government procurement levers have already demonstrated world-changing potential, from the advanced market commitments in Operation Warp Speed to the milestone-based partnership between NASA and SpaceX. A renewed commitment to innovation will require not only investments in emerging technologies, but experimentation with new ways of solving problems. In this session, our group of government and academic experts will focus on innovative procurement mechanisms to solve one of the most pressing problems of our time: market failures for climate solutions.

Confirmed Speakers:

Tom Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer at Schmidt Futures
Lara Pierpoint, Director of Climate, Actuate
Jetta Wong, Senior Fellow, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Andrew Mayock, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer (nominee), Council on Environmental Quality 

Learn more about our Fall Series on Industrial Policy.

Technology Policy Accelerator Showcase

The Day One Project concluded its Technology Policy Accelerator with a showcase that featured comments on the state of U.S. federal science & technology policy from Quentin Palfrey, Acting General Counsel of the Department of Commerce, and Cori Zarek, former Deputy Chief Technology Officer. 

The Project worked with 30+ authors to develop 18 new, actionable tech policy ideas, making this accelerator the most ambitious, diverse cohort yet. The event highlighted five proposals from accelerator participants:

Learn more about our Past Accelerators.