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As a centerpiece of the Year of Evidence for Action, launched at the White House Summit on Evidence for Action, the Biden-Harris Administration is co-hosting a series of events – The Evidence Forums – over the course of the year with non-profits and academic organizations to co-develop concrete strategies for mobilizing research-based evidence that can make life healthier, safer, more equitable, and more prosperous for the American public.

These organizations have demonstrated expertise in translating research evidence to practice and policy, and include: the Data Foundation; the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative at the Pennsylvania State University; the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Center for Tax and Budget AccountabilityPew Charitable Trusts; the Policy Lab at Brown UniversityResults for America; Stanford Impact Labs; the Urban Institute; and the Federation of American Scientists

The Evidence Forums will contribute to advancing the goals of the Year of Evidence of Action to;

  • Share leading practices from Federal agencies to generate and use research-backed knowledge to advance better, more equitable outcomes for all of America;
  • Strengthen and develop new strategies and structures to promote consistent evidence-based decision-making inside the Federal Government; and
  • Increase connection and collaboration among researchers, knowledge producers, and decision makers inside and outside of the Federal Government.

Upcoming Events

Evidence of Inequities: Leveraging Air Pollution Research Advancements for EnvironmentAL Health Policy Decisions

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 from 3PM-5PM ET

As part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Health Effects Institute, invite you to join the next Evidence Forum.

The event will showcase how researchers can ensure their work is relevant and useful for policy decisions around air pollution exposure and health inequities. New and emerging air pollution monitoring, modeling, and remote-sensing technologies are rapidly becoming available. There are expanding opportunities for researchers to work directly with communities to conduct impactful work that informs policy actions and addresses environmental injustices at all levels of government.

The program will highlight the work of researchers who are actively applying air quality science and technology data and tools to environmental justice policy questions. Following these presentations, there will be a panel discussion with agency and community leaders, who have been applying air quality research in decision making, on effectively leveraging these innovative research activities for environmental justice policy decisions.

Who:

  • Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Chief Advisor to the President for Science and Technology, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Daniel S. Greenbaum, President and CEO, Health Effects Institute
  • Dr. Marianne Engelman-Lado, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley
  • Dr. Nicky Sheats, Director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research, Kean University
  • Dr. Kristi Pullen Fedinick, Executive Director, Center for Earth, Energy, & Democracy
  • Dr. Ana Baptista, Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management & Co-Director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, The New School
  • Dr. Paloma Beamer, Professor, College of Public Health, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Gretchen T. Goldman, Assistant Director of Environmental Science, Engineering, Policy, and Justice, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Melanie Buser, Assistant Director for Environmental Health, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Where: Virtual

Register: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5zZ6C6HqSm-j-tKXpiFCNA

Contact: For comments or questions, please contact AirPollution@ostp.eop.gov. For press inquiries related to this event, please email press@ostp.eop.gov.


Championing evidence use for policy impact in U.S. foreign aid and beyond

Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 3PM-4:30PM ET

US foreign aid agencies have long been at the forefront of evidence-based policymaking—tracking and measuring the impact of assistance programs on well-being and prosperity around the world. 

As part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Center for Global Development (CGD), in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget, invite you to join this Evidence Forum. This event will celebrate progress in advancing evidence use in US foreign aid and explore opportunities for US bilateral aid agencies and their country partners to further elevate and integrate data and analysis in service of better development policy. 

What lessons can be learned from the evidence use experiences of aid agencies, including evaluation activities? And what lessons can be applied from the global evidence-based policymaking community to the US context? Speakers will highlight US support for evidence generation and use in foreign aid and international development, as well as milestones in the evidence-based policymaking space that build on these investments. The discussion will also explore the role of evidence-to-policy partnerships in mainstreaming evidence use and the importance of locally grounded, context-specific expertise in the knowledge production process.

Who:

Samantha Power, Administrator, US Agency for International Development

Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Vice President, Department of Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Dafna Rand, Director, Office of Foreign Assistance, US Department of State

Michele Sumilas, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning, US Agency for International Development

Eliya Zulu, Executive Director, African Institute for Development Policy

Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Ruth Levine, CEO and Partner, IDinsight

Christina Ciocca Eller, Assistant Director for Evidence and Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Where: Virtual

Register: https://link.cgdev.org/l/683263/2022-11-22/2dhptf

Contact: For comments or questions, please email sbs@ostp.eop.gov. For press inquiries related to this event, please email press@ostp.eop.gov.


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