The federal evidence agenda & lessons for state/local leaders: An interview with Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution – Episode #70

What are the key themes of the Obama Administration’s evidence-based policy agenda around grant making and what can state and local leaders learn from those efforts to strengthen the use of evidence in their own jurisdictions?

We get perspective on those questions from Ron Haskins, the author (with Greg Margolis) of Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy. The book describes the development and implementation of six evidence-based social policy initiatives undertaken by the Obama administration, spanning areas such as education, teen pregnancy, employment and training, and health. He also published a related opinion piece in the New York Times.

He is a former White House and congressional advisor on social policy issues. Today he is a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families as well as the Budgeting for National Priorities Project.

Web extras: Ron Haskins discusses the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, one of the six evidence-based social policy initiatives he discusses in his book. [click here]