Roundtable: Updating AEA's "Evaluation Roadmap for a More Effective Government"

Session Number: 1643
Track: Evaluation Policy
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: Evaluation Policy
Session Facilitator: Nick Hart [Director of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative - Bipartisan Policy Center]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Stephanie Shipman
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: Hilton - Superior Ballroom C

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation Policy Task Force led an effort a decade ago to produce the “Evaluation Roadmap for More Effective Government.” The Roadmap provides a framework to help agencies develop an evaluation program to support organizational learning. Several U.S. federal agencies used this framework in developing their own evaluation policies to ensure they provide credible, useful feedback for managers. 

Over the past decade, much has changed in the evaluation landscape. For example, in 2017, the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking recommended that agencies formalize an evaluation function and establish chief evaluation officers and multiyear research and evaluation plans, as well as improve researchers’ access to administrative data, with appropriate privacy protections, for program evaluation. Given the changing landscape, the Task Force is considering updates to the Roadmap to ensure its continued relevance to current discussion of evaluation policy.

This roundtable discussion will provide an opportunity to discuss policy efforts and potential areas for improvement in the Roadmap. The Task Force welcomes input from AEA members about the usefulness of the Roadmap and suggestions for how it might be improved as a communication tool going forward.