Better Government through Testing and Learning

Join OES and numerous agency partners to learn how the Federal government uses repeat testing and leverages administrative data to improve outcomes. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy will introduce the event highlighting government-wide progress using data as a strategic asset. In three brief sessions (descriptions below), distinguished agency partners and academic collaborators will present case studies and lessons learned from rapid cycle testing, building a portfolio of evidence, and transparent evaluation.

Read the detailed agenda, including speakers and OES 2018 portfolio.

Better Government through Rapid Cycle Testing

Partners from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the General Services Administration will share new results and lessons learned from conducting repeated experimental tests. We’ll address priorities like overprescribing of certain medications, energy cost-savings, and improving the effectiveness of government communications.

Better Government through a Portfolio of Evidence

We’ll highlight findings from tests with HHS, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Louisiana Department of Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on low-cost and scalable program changes to improve vaccination rates among various populations like Veterans, children, and adults 65 and over.

Better Government through Transparency in Evaluation

Transparency in federal evaluation promotes accountability and trust in government. Building transparent methods into the evaluation process can strengthen the evaluation itself, by helping ensure that statistical claims are well founded and results are reliable and actionable. One important component of transparency in the evaluation process is preregistration of study designs and analysis plans. Despite growing attention to preregistration in evaluation (and in the social sciences more broadly), its application has been uneven.

Following the event, experts from the Behavioral Science and Policy Association (BSPA) and GSA will co-facilitate two workshops on how repeat testing can help you understand behavior and make services more effective and an introduction to behavioral science for government. Register here. Read the agenda here.