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Evidence Based Decision Making

Ramping Up the Problem Solving Capacity of Cities

James Anderson | Posted 12.31.2015 | Impact
James Anderson

The more than 400 mayors descended upon Paris' Hôtel de Ville to send a strong message during this month's climate talks: Cities have emerged as major drivers of innovation and action in global efforts to confront climate change.

A Game Changer for Education - And American Students

Michele Jolin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Could a significant investment in evidence-based education funding signal the beginning of the end of partisan gridlock in Washington? There is certai...

Design Innovation by Design Research

Soren Petersen | Posted 12.03.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

What design research is essentially effective at is increasing offering's innovativeness while ensuring usefulness and market acceptance. It achieves this feeding more of the right knowledge to designers, enabling them to jump into idea generation at a higher level.

We Have No Idea Which Prison Programs Are Reducing Recidivism in America

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The implication is that in America our prison systems have no idea which programs work and which programs don't. This should concern you. If we don't measure our prison programs to determine if they reduce recidivism, how can we make claims that they work?

What City Halls Across America Say About Using Data and Evidence

James Anderson | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
James Anderson

We're excited to be responding to the demand of City Halls to improve how they govern, because we recognize that supporting better governing improves people's lives. That connection is something we already know works.

Sobering Lessons From the Lone Juror in the Etan Patz Case

Dan Simon | Posted 05.15.2015 | Crime
Dan Simon

The Hernandez case confirms the adage that "confession is the queen of evidence." Even without a shred of physical evidence, an almost unanimous jury voted for conviction based on a 33-year-old statement, given by a man suffering from a personality disorder and limited intelligence.

Earth Day and Environmental Values Aren't Justification for Ignoring Evidence

David Ropeik | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green
David Ropeik

Town meeting is dangerously susceptible to decision making based more on values and emotions than evidence, a worrisome vulnerability in these days of increasing science denialism. Democratic, yes. Evidence-based intelligent decision making? Well, no.

Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

Randomized Controlled Trials: Powerful, But Only When Used Right

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Jon Jachimowicz

RCTs are important. They are an outstanding tool that researchers have to obtain better insights. However, RCTs need to be designed better: we need more intervention arms, better control groups, better definition and measurement of other possibly affected behaviors, and longitudinal designs including follow-ups to evaluate long-term effectiveness.

To Achieve Big Results From Social Policy, Add This

Lisbeth (Lee) Schorr | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Lisbeth (Lee) Schorr

The growing chasm between unmet social needs and what our social institutions are routinely accomplishing cannot be crossed one small step, or one standardized program, at a time. Something shown to have worked somewhere will not automatically produce the same effects elsewhere.

Competent, Caring Staff Crucial to Program Success

Laura Stepp | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Among the hundreds of programs that scholar Ron Haskins examined for his persuasive new book on social policy, one stands out in his mind: a home visiting initiative in Texas that sends nurses to visit teenage girls who are pregnant or new mothers.

Unfortunately, Reviews on Yelp Cannot Be Relied Upon for Vetting Purposes

Mark Baer | Posted 11.27.2014 | Business
Mark Baer

I would be highly suspect in relying upon Yelp reviews in the future. I wish this were not true because it just makes it that much more difficult and confusing for customers to locate "real evidence" that is so essential to properly vet products and services.

No French for Leadership?

Olivier Oullier | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Olivier Oullier

In these troubled times, where political leadership is shaken, a new class of French politicians should arise and seize the opportunity to improve the state of their country and its global positioning.

Data Is Key to Improving Outcomes for Students With Special Needs

Michele Jolin | Posted 09.10.2014 | Education
Michele Jolin

For far too long, we as a nation have set unnecessarily low education expectations for students with special needs, limiting their choices and opportunities for success.

9 Reasons Why Government Doesn't Work

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

State, county and municipal governments are mainly in the business of buying services for their constituents, paying providers to tackle a broad spectrum of social problems. But these governments face significant barriers to reducing costs and delivering high-quality services.

Do Something, Do Nothing, or Decide You Don't Care

Edward Muzio | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

When I was a kid, we didn't have weather. That doesn't sound right. I'm pretty sure we had weather. We just didn't talk about it much. That doesn't ...

A Conversation With Beth Shiroishi of the AT&T Foundation

Dan Cardinali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

That's the kind of successful, long-term collaboration that's so often missing in the nonprofit sector: A funder and a service provider perfectly aligned in both mission and metrics, pushing each other toward greater commitment and accountability.

Reflecting on Peter Buffett's Challenge

Dan Cardinali | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At the end of the day, Buffett raised some serious questions in an honest and courageous way. Those of us in the nonprofit sector would do well to consider whether our role in the "charitable-industrial complex" is making the world a better place -- or merely perpetuating "conscience laundering."

Show Me the Evidence

Alex Palombo | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Alex Palombo

If those in power were able to think a little more scientifically, to set aside their ideologies and see the evidence before them, I think we would be a lot closer to solving many of this country's problems, like gun violence and climate change.

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Paula Gordon | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

If, as now appears to be the case, our elected representatives have surrendered their loyalty, their consciences, their brains and their humanity to the NRA and other political thugs, evidence is irrelevant, the will of the people is a mere nuisance.

Why Data Matter

Daniel T. Blumstein | Posted 01.07.2013 | Science
Daniel T. Blumstein

Given the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change, and given our recent peek into what the future will look like (hot and stormy), isn't it time for evidence-based policy to be implemented to do our best to mitigate some of these forecast catastrophes?

The Lesson of the Cupcakes: Fix Schools by Resisting Gimmicks and Heeding Evidence

Kevin Welner | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education
Kevin Welner

There are no miracle cures or magic beans. If we increase opportunities to learn, the result will be more learning; if we deny opportunities to learn, the result is equally predictable.

I'm Biased and So Are You

Eric Korpela | Posted 06.06.2012 | Science
Eric Korpela

Biases are very important to the sciences. That's primarily that you have to understand them in order to avoid or correct for them. The most famous bias is probably the "selection bias."

Physics, Porn, and Personal Responsibility: Isaac Newton's Laws Applied

Bethany St. James | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Bethany St. James

Every action has a consequence. If we go against the actual laws of physics, why are we surprised when the result is less than satisfactory?

The Overzealous 10 Percent and the Ask Upon Congress

Janet Dillione | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Janet Dillione

Last month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked Congress to require prior authorization for doctors who order many diagnostic imag...