Celebrating 100 Collaborations Across Government

November 16, 2021

The first panel reflected on what the Office of Evaluation Scineces (OES) has learned after 100 collaborations, using the results from panelists’ projects to illustrate what makes successful projects. The second panel discussed how OES and contributes to the portfolio of evidence on equity and economic recovery. Finally, the third panel considered what’s next for OES and evidence in government. A detailed agenda and speaker biographies can be found here.

OES@100 Presentation Slides (PDF)

OES@100 Virtual Packet (PDF)

Watch the Event Recording

Welcome and Introduction:

What leads to a successful evaluation? Reflections from 100 OES collaborations

OES has completed 100 collaborations across government since 2015. Our evaluations have involved over 44 million individuals. During this session, OES shared the following reflections:

  1. A program change and evaluation approach don’t have to be ideal to be valuable.
  2. Coupling randomized evaluations with administrative data let’s us learn things quickly, rigorously and at low-cost.
  3. There’s more to sample size than counting the number of participants in a program.
  4. Being transparent about implementation — as well as results — has enormous value.

Reflections from 100 OES Collaborations (PDF)

Portfolio of evidence on equity and economic recovery

OES presented their portfolio of evaluations with the Small Business Administration (SBA). These evaluations focused on how city governments distributed COVID-19 relief to small businesses and lessons learned in order to increase equal access to these resources.

Lessons Learned from the OES Portfolio on Equity & Small Business Recovery (PDF)

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New frontier for evidence in government - what’s next?

During this session, panelists discussed the increased focus on Evidence Act implementation through an equity lense.

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Closing Remarks