Accountability and Performance Weekly – January 6-12

Doing Evidence Right
Shelley Metzenbaum and Steven Kelman, PA Times
Program evaluations should not be used primarily to define programs as “effective” or “ineffective,” but to help find ways to improve.

Making government services more efficient: Introducing the ‘evidence tool kit’
Robert Doar, AEI
Provides a set of findings and recommendations about data access and integration to guide policymakers and program managers on how to improve social service delivery.

What is the Trump Administration’s Evidence-Based Policymaking Stance? Confusing
Nick Hart, Bipartisan Policy Center
The cards are stacking up in a confusing and seemingly inconsistent way for the Trump administration on whether there is clear and unwavering support for evidence-based policymaking.

Trump Administration Terminates SAMHSA Evidence Clearinghouse Amid Questions About Its Objectivity
Patrick Lester, Social Innovation Research Center
The duties of the clearinghouse will be shifted to a new Policy Lab.

Building the Smarter State: The Role of Data Labs
Anirudh Dinesh, Medium
By connecting policy makers, government data owners and university data scientists, data and policy labs are helping government and the social sector get smarter and improve public policies and services through data science.

Pay for Systems Change
Jeff Shumway, Jake Segal, and Michael Etzel, Stanford Social Innovation Review
The real promise of pay-for-success lies in changing how government funds social services.

The Future Has Begun! Using Artificial Intelligence to Transform Government
Dan Chenok, Business of Government
A new report from the IBM Center and the Partnership for Public Service outlines the promise of AI to help government improve mission and program performance.

Artificial intelligence proves major time savings for federal employees
Jory Heckman, Federal News Radio
Federal agencies are embracing the idea of artificial intelligence, and in test cases, adopting machine learning has cut down on some of the tedious aspects of working with government data.

Report: Invest in AI, but ‘It’s Not Magic’
Jack Corrigan, Nextgov
Agencies should avoid moonshot goals, a report suggests.

OMB Deputy director of management nominee clears committee
Derek Johnson, Federal Computer Week
If confirmed, Margaret Weichert will have a hand in several major technology and workforce issues, including IT modernization, working with the federal CIO and serving as the point person for federal agency reorganization.

First CFO Survey of Trump Era Spotlights Skepticism Over Agency Reorganization Plans
Charles Clark, Government Executive
Most agency finance chiefs harbor doubts that the strategies will actually improve efficiency, though some see opportunity.

White House Sued Over ‘Cloaked’ Agency Reorganization Proposals
Eric Katz, Government Executive
The Trump administration is facing a lawsuit for its lack of transparency on its plan to reorganize federal agencies and reshape their workforces.

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