OMB has launched evaluation.gov to be a resource “to support and build the Federal evaluation community, as well as a central location for the agency plans and policies that guide evaluation efforts across the federal government.”
“Evaluation has always been an important part of the evidence enterprise, but it’s even more critical now because of the increased interest and support for evidence-based policymaking, said an announcement on the site.
It noted that the 2019 Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act—the Evidence Act, in shorthand—“requires a more strategic approach to building evidence as opposed to how it has traditionally happened, which is often ad hoc and in response to a particular mandate or driven by a specific group of motivated staff.”
It also cited President Biden’s executive order on “restoring trust in government through scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking” and the emphasis on data in a separate order on “advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government.”
The site will act as the home base for the Evaluation Officers Council created by the Evidence Act of officials from the two dozen Cabinet departments and largest independent agencies. It will host information including agency learning agendas and fiscal 2023 annual evaluation plans to be released early in 2022.
“These public documents will allow researchers and funding partners to easily see what priority questions agencies are trying to answer and align their own research portfolios to help answer those questions,” it said.