Evaluation 2017: From Learning to Action

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Evaluation in Transition: The Evolving Role of Evaluation Across Presidential Administrations

Session Number: 2573
Track: Government Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: evaluation history, Evaluation Policy, executive branch, federal evaluation, policy, transitions
Session Facilitator: George Frederick Grob [President - Center for Public Program Evaluation]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Nick Hart [Director of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative - Bipartisan Policy Center]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Joe Wholey [Visiting Scholar - University of Delaware]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Nancy Kingsbury [Managing Director, Applied Research and Methods - U.S. Government Accountability Office]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Mary Hyde [Corporation for National and Community Service]
Time: Nov 09, 2017 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: PARK TWR STE 8223

Theme: Learning to Enhance Evaluation
Audience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Every modern President has developed some type of government improvement initiative, whether focused on performance enhancements, continuous learning, or budgetary savings.  Over the past half century different administrations each shaped the role of evaluation production and use in varying ways, driving a tremendous evolution in our field.  This roundtable will explore similarities and differences in how administrations shaped evaluation based on the experiences of distinguished evaluators with extensive experience in the U.S. Federal government, spanning more than six presidents.  The panel will specifically highlight the degree to which evaluation historically influenced major policy decisions, challenges posed to evaluation practitioners over the years, and opportunities for evaluation in the current and future political climate.    

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