The House on Monday approved a bipartisan plan for a commission to expand use of agency data to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and tax expenditures.
The Evidence-Based Policy Commission Act, introduced in April by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would establish a 15-member commission of experts in data and statistics to determine whether a central data clearinghouse would help with spending decisions without violating privacy rights.
“When we’re making policy, we focus on inputs ….. on effort–like how much money we’re spending, how many people we’re serving, how many programs we’re creating,” said Ryan during floor debate. “What we need to do is focus on outcomes …. on results, like how many people we’re getting out of poverty. Creating this commission is the first step in a long-term effort.”