3:00—4:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Championing Evidence Use for Policy Impact in US Foreign Aid and Beyond


Keynote Speaker:

Administrator Samantha Power
US Agency for International Development


Alicia Phillips Mandaville
Vice President, Department of Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Dafna Rand
Director, Office of Foreign Assistance, US Department of State
Michele Sumilas 
Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, US Agency for International Development
Eliya Zulu
Executive Director, African Institute for Development Policy


Amanda Glassman
Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Opening Remarks:

Christina Ciocca Eller
Assistant Director of Evidence and Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Ruth Levine
Chief Executive Officer, IDinsight and Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development

US foreign aid agencies have long been at the forefront of evidence-based policymaking—tracking and measuring the impact of assistance programs on well-being and prosperity around the world. 

As part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Center for Global Development (CGD), in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget, invite you to join an Evidence Forum. This event will celebrate progress in advancing evidence use in US foreign aid and explore opportunities for US bilateral aid agencies and their country partners to further elevate and integrate data and analysis in service of better development policy. 

What lessons can be learned from the evidence use experiences of aid agencies, including evaluation activities? And what lessons can be applied from the global evidence-based policymaking community to the US context? Speakers will highlight US support for evidence generation and use in foreign aid and international development work, and specific milestones in the evidence-based policymaking space that build on these investments. The discussion will also explore the role of evidence-to-policy partnerships in mainstreaming evidence use and the importance of locally grounded, context-specific expertise in the knowledge production process.

The event will draw from Breakthrough to Policy Use: Reinvigorating Impact Evaluation for Global Development, the final report of a recent CGD working group on expanding the policy value and use of rigorous evidence.

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