Our mission is to build and use evidence to better serve the public.

Who we are

Since 2015, OES has recruited over 100 interdisciplinary experts (psychologists, economists, statisticians, and more) into the federal government. The team is a mix of federal employees, fellows and academic affiliates, often on loan from a university or research institution.

What we do

OES is an interdisciplinary team that works across the federal government to help agencies build and use evidence. OES partners with federal agencies to answer priority questions with rigorous evaluation methods and administrative data. We design and conduct evaluations of existing programs and evidence-based program changes.

Why is OES at GSA?

At the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy, OES is uniquely situated in a central entity that can easily deploy technical support, provide an independent yet intragovernmental perspective, and develop standards for high-quality evidence activities in the federal environment.