The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking that was established by legislation sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), proposed actions in September 2017 that are mostly consistent with WDQC’s recommendations. These actions would change how the government uses the data it already collects, and would improve the quality of information policymakers have about federal investments.
WDQC has produced a new fact sheet: Adopt These Expert Recommendations to Strengthen Workforce Data, which summarizes some of the Commission’s key recommendations that could bolster workforce information, including:
- Creating a secure national data matching service,
- Producing a single source of quarterly employment data,
- Reconsidering bans on data collection and use; and,
- Establishing stronger capacity for program evaluation through the creation of dedicated chief evaluation officers and increased coordination across agencies.
The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that addresses some of the first steps toward implementing the Commission’s vision, including the establishment of chief evaluation officers, chief data officers, an interagency advisory committee, and updates to privacy and security law. WDQC published a blog summarizing that legislation.
WDQC looks forward to providing additional information in the future, and working with other interested parties to make progress on this important agenda.