Our Once and Future Evaluation Users: Observations from the Past and Ideas for the Future of Environmental Evaluation in Evidence-based Policymaking
Session Number: 3218
Track: Presidential Strand
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Accountability, advancing evidence, Budgeting, capacity building, Decision makers, Environmental program evaluation, Evaluation Policy, government evaluation, evaluation use
Session Chair: Katherine Dawes [George Washington University and US EPA]
Presenter 1: Nick Hart [Director of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative - Bipartisan Policy Center]
Presenter 2: Susan E Dudley [Director, The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center - Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
Room: Maryland C
Abstract 1 Title: Evaluation at EPA: The Unique Evaluation Capacity Context of a Complex Regulatory Agency
Presentation Abstract 1:
Dr. Nick Hart has worked in the field of program evaluation for nearly a decade, collaborating with government agencies and local organizations alike to improve evaluation capacity. Through a previous role in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Nick had the opportunity to work with multiple Federal agencies in developing evaluation agendas and obtaining resources for conducting evaluation. Nick has also worked as currently working as the Policy and Research Director for the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Nick’s recent research on "Evaluation at EPA" gives him keen insight into evaluation capacity within government institutions, particularly the unique contextual circumstances that are relevant for program evaluation’s production and use within large, complex, regulatory organizations. Nick’s leadership of the AEA Affiliate Washington Evaluators and his experience during the Bush and Obama Administrations positions him well to share insight into the future of evaluation at EPA specifically and the federal government generally.
Abstract 2 Title: Evidence-based Regulatory Decisionmaking: Establishing and Expanding the Role of Ex-Post Evaluation in Environmental Regulatory Development
Presentation Abstract 2:
Susan Dudley is director of the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and distinguished professor of practice in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, Professor Dudley has a wide range of experience as a researcher and practitioner of regulatory development through positions with the George Mason University School of Law, Environmental Protection Agency, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Economists Incorporated and most notably through service as the Presidentially-appointed Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2007-2009. Her research has shown that EPA and other federal agencies have long analyzed the likely effects of different alternatives before they issue new regulations, but focused less on evaluating actual regulatory outcomes ex post. Professor Dudley will explore the challenges to better regulatory evaluation, examine proposed solutions to those challenges, and review the implications of President Trump’s regulatory initiatives.
Theme: Learning About Evaluation Use and Users
Audience Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Session Abstract (150 words):
The US EPA presents a fascinating case study of how a regulatory organization makes decisions to support program evaluation as a tool for management, organizational learning and evidence-based decision-making. Nick Hart has researched evaluation’s unique role at EPA and has used this as a platform for understanding evaluation policy in the federal government generally. Marcus Peacock has been a federal leader advocating for evaluation use and now brings a researcher's perspective to evaluation policy. His wide-ranging experience in the US federal government gives him unique insight to the numerous opportunities for government leaders (and their organizations) to learn from evaluations and to make programmatic, budgeting and regulatory decisions based on evidence.
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