Learning what works to support equitable delivery of the American Rescue Plan

Background

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was designed to address immediate needs related to the pandemic, with a specific focus on addressing historically disparate outcomes across race, class, and geography that were further exacerbated by the pandemic. As federal programs are innovating and finding new ways to achieve these goals, OES’ evaluations will measure whether ARP-funded interventions are working as intended and share lessons learned.

OES team members will work closely with agency partners to design and implement an evaluation, analyze data, and share findings. We’re excited to work with agency partners across government. If your Federal agency is interested in collaborating in this effort, please fill out this brief form. OES will be reviewing submissions on a rolling basis in 2022. Feel free to email questions to oes@gsa.gov.

How the collaboration works (PDF)

Portfolio

OES is collaborating with the Office of Management and Budget Evidence Team and the ARP Implementation Team, as well as the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Department of Education, and other agencies, to undertake a portfolio of evaluations with agency partners to better understand how to improve awareness, access, and allocation of ARP programs and resources, focusing on ARP programs with equity goals. This set of evaluations will be intentional and strategic in building evidence to understand the role of ARP programs and supported interventions in improving outcomes for historically underserved populations.

Relevant OES Resources

Blog: GSA to Build Evidence to Advance Equitable Outcomes through the ARP