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President Obama has emphasized the importance of using rigorous evidence and evaluation to ensure that the government makes smart investments with taxpayer funds. Last December, we reported on a competition demonstrating the feasibility and value of low-cost randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for building important evidence about what works in social spending. Through assessments like RCTs, the government collects data about the effectiveness of different programs, enabling more informed decisions when allocating funds to maximize social impact in areas such as healthcare, education, and childcare. I sat down with Jon Baron, the Coalition’s president, to hear about the results of this year’s competition and the potential of RCTs going forward.
As Hurricane Arthur reminded us last week, hurricane season is underway. To help address the challenges that severe weather brings to our communities, today we are announcing a White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative Demo Day, which will take place on July 29th at the White House. This event will bring together technologists, entrepreneurs, and members of the disaster response community to showcase tools that will make a tangible impact in the lives of survivors of large-scale emergencies. The White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative was first launched by the Administration in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to find the most effective ways technology can empower survivors, first responders, and local, state, tribal, territorial, and Federal government with critical information and resources.
For the second year in a row, America’s Civic Hackers, Mayors, and State and Federal government officials came together to participate in the National Day of Civic Hacking—the biggest gathering of civic hackers in the world. The event brings together technologists, entrepreneurs, developers, and citizens to unleash their tech skills to improve their communities and the governments that serve them. This year, 123 events were held in 103 cities in 13 countries across the world.
Building on the Administration's efforts responding to the driving demand for gigabit broadband networks, in 2012 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation supported the launch of the US Ignite initiative, a private/public partnership that is fostering transformation of the public sector by accelerating the development and deployment of next-generation applications.
Today, at a White House roundtable on impact investing, senior Administration officials met with more than 20 private-sector investors answering the President’s call to action by announcing their new commitments to make more than $1.5 billion in investments that intentionally generate sound financial return as well as measurable social or environmental impact.
CLIMATE ACTION PLAN:
On June 25, 2013, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan for steady action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in America, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. The Plan is a recognition that climate change is unequivocal, its primary cause is greenhouse gas pollution, and it is threatening the health of our communities, families, and economy. Learn more:
On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. That same day, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a landmark policy to help implement the Executive Order. Learn more:
2013 WHITE HOUSE SCIENCE FAIR:
On April 22, 2013, President Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third-ever White House Science Fair. The event was a celebration of amazing and award-winning student-achievements in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The cohort of kids included app-coders, algae-growers, video-game designers, city-planners, roboticists, and rocket-scientists—most of them not yet old enough to drive. Learn more:
On February 13, 2013, OSTP hosted the first-ever White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event, where nearly 100 middle- and high-schoolers spent an hour asking STEM-centric questions to some of the Nation’s top S&T innovators. The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to expand participation of American youth in STEM studies and equip the Nation’s future innovators with the skills they need to succeed in STEM careers. Learn more:
May 1, 2014 - OSTP PCAST Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy
March 4, 2014 - Press Release: The FY 2015 Science and Technology R&D Budget
January 14, 2014 - Fact Sheet: White House Safety Datapalooza
January 10, 2014 - Media Advisory: White House Safety Datapalooza
December 18, 2013 - PCAST Releases Letter Report on Education Technology
November 12, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Progress by Federal Agencies: Data to Knowledge to Action
November 12, 2013 - Fact Sheet: New Announcements: Data to Knowledge to Action
November 12, 2013 - Press Release: Data to Knowledge to Action Event
November 7, 2013 - Media Advisory: Data to Knowledge to Action Event
November 1, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness
September 27, 2013 - Statement by John P. Holdren on IPCC Physical Science Report
July 16, 2013 - Media Advisory: PCAST Public Meeting
April 22, 2013 - NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair
April 10, 2013 - Press Release: the FY 2014 Federal R&D Budget
April 2, 2013 - BRAIN Initiative Fact Sheet
March 22, 2013 - PCAST Releases New Climate Report