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Evidence Based Policymaking: Where Are We Now?

In Partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance

April 25, 2017 | 2 p.m. ET

In late January, the Pew Charitable Trusts released an exhaustive report about evidence based policymaking in the states. It identified the state of the art across the 50 states as well as identifying six specific approaches states can use to incorporate evidence based research in their decisions. In addition, it investigated and reported on the prevalence and level of these actions in four human service policy areas across the states. This webinar will take the audience through the high points of the report and focus on two specific states' actions: Ohio and Colorado.


Ann Renaud Avila, Project Director, Colorado Results First Initiative, Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting
Ann Renaud Avila is the Project Director for Colorado's Results First Initiative in the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting. She has more than 10 years of experience working on human services and criminal justice issues in both the legislative and executive branches in Colorado and Florida. She currently oversees the Results First and Pay for Success initiatives in Colorado. Avila also conducted evaluations of state programs for the Florida Legislature prior to coming to Colorado. She has a Master's degree from Indiana University.

Sara Dube, Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
Sara Dube directs the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a joint effort of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dube manages Pew’s work to advance evidence based decisionmaking by states and counties, including the use of an innovative cost-benefit analysis tool that helps government leaders direct investments in programs and policies that generate the best outcomes while making the most of limited resources. In doing so, she brings to state and county partners the latest research on data driven programs and analytical tools to help assess the true costs and benefits of these taxpayer-funded initiatives.

Kristen Rost, Executive Director, Ohio Children's Trust Fund
Kristen Rost is executive director of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF), the state’s sole public funding source dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. Partnering with statewide and county entities, the OCTF supports prevention programs that recognize and build on existing strengths within families and communities to effectively intervene long before child abuse or neglect occur. During SFY 2016 the Trust Fund awarded more than $4.1 million to more than 250 organizations and agencies throughout Ohio.

Torey Silloway, Research Manager, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
Torey Silloway is the research manager for the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative and leads the development of various research products, including policy briefs, case studies and 50-state analyses aimed at advancing the field of evidence based policymaking. Previously, he was program manager at the Finance Project, helping state and local governments and nonprofit agencies develop strategies for financing and sustaining programs serving children and families. He also worked for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s strategic consulting division and as a policy and budget analyst with the Maryland Department of Budget and Management. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California—Santa Cruz and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University.

Richard Greene, Moderator, Center for Accountability and Performance