U.S. Department of Education Rates Well on Use of Evidence/Evaluation

The U.S. Department of Education rates well compared to several other U.S. government departments and agencies, according to the “Investing in What Works Well” index. The index, compiled by Results for America, an initiative of America Achieves, rates the government entities on the following criteria: 

  • having an evaluation office/senior evaluation officer for research, development, dissemination, and program evaluation
  • having an office that provides current, user-friendly, and publicly available data related to its core mission
  • contributing scientific evidence-based standards of what works in the field to the What Works Clearinghouse
  • using a common evidence framework to inform its funding decisions and to communicate with potential grantees
  • investing at least one percent of program funds in evaluations and making the results of those evaluations public
  • allocating funds from its five largest competitive grant programs based on demonstrated evidence of success
  • allocating funds from its five largest non-competitive grant programs based on demonstrated evidence of success

The U.S. Department of Education scored 25 out of 35 points. This tied it for the top rating along with the U.S. Agency for International Development and ahead of the U.S. Department of Labor (23 points), the Administration for Children and Families (22 points), and the Corporation for National and Community Service (22 points).

Access the full chart here.

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