On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act.
This bipartisan bill, which was co-sponsored by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), will create a 15-member commission to study how to use data to analyze the effectiveness of federal programs and tax expenditures.
The commission will take inventory of the existing data on federal programs and identify methods to incorporate randomized evaluations into the design of these programs. It will be composed of experts in economics, statistics, and program evaluation, appointed by President Obama, Speaker Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the Senate majority and minority leaders.
The passage of this bill is an important step forward for evidence-based policy making.
We at J-PAL North America look forward to working with the Commission to help it fulfill its important mission.