Dreyfus Testifies Before Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking
Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, testified on Thursday, Feb. 9 to the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, a panel created by legislation co-sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
As detailed in her prepared remarks, Dreyfus addressed three key issues on behalf of the Alliance network:
- Social sector organizations must align and integrate with others in their ecosystems to promote efficiencies and better outcomes
- Developing a deeper appreciation for research evidence among staff in the human services sector can produce better outcomes for children and families
- Evidence-based and informed practices need to be implemented within a research and development infrastructure that is equipped to support fidelity, quality service delivery, positive outcomes and innovation
Dreyfus’ testimony is informed by a study by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Members of the Alliance network participated in the study, which found that the use of research evidence produces better outcomes for children and families.
Tasked with improving the government’s use of data in policymaking, the commission is a bipartisan initiative sponsored by Speaker Ryan and Sen. Murray. Its mission is to develop a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs.The commission is comprised of 15 members.
Through the course of the commission's work, the members, who are leading researchers and social scientists, are studying how data, research, and evaluation are currently used to build evidence, and how to strengthen the government’s evidence-building efforts. Its findings are due to Congress in September 2017.