Grant Thornton’s Robert Shea: Agencies Must Demo Evidence-Based Program Assessment Under New Law

Jeff Brody

Robert Shea, a principal at Grant Thornton, has said that the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act mandates agencies to implement evidence-based organizational management approaches and establish a standalone chief data officer, FCW reported Wednesday.

"By September, agencies generally need to show the approach they're taking to assessing their capacity to gather and use evidence and develop a learning agenda – what evaluations they're going to conduct to deepen their insights into whether their programs are working," he told the publication.

Shea, who serves as a member of an advisory board that helped create the law, noted that a standalone CDO will be able to enact other functions that a CIO cannot perform as a single official.

Under the law, agencies must also implement the Technology Business Management framework in efforts to manage enterprise technology spending.

Agencies are required to submit an implementation strategy in September along with fiscal budget reports.

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