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Evidence Capacity



The Data Foundation Center for Evidence Capacity focuses on the resources, people, processes, and often funding needed to have effective data and evidence used while policies are being implemented. Our work on evidence capacity focuses on multi-year learning agendas, engagement strategies, evaluation policy to use data for impact, data and AI literacy, and evidence transparency to specifically highlight these needs.


The U.S. government collects vast amounts of data that can and should be analyzed to inform government policy. The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Evidence Act) presents major government-wide reforms for making data more accessible and useful for decision-making. At the heart of the Evidence Act is the goal of increasing availability of federal data to build evidence about government programs and policies. The law does this while maintaining strict privacy protections so that personally identifiable information is safeguarded. 

The Data Foundation is committed to ensuring the Evidence Act is successfully implemented and seeing more evidence-informed and data-driven decision-making throughout government. Activities include: 

  • Identifying and improving processes in government that enable improved data quality and access without inhibiting use
  • Developing of agency learning agendas with key data collection, management, and evaluation attributes
  • Promoting of effective agency evaluation policies, standards, and practices

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