On Friday, October 21, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking will hold its first public hearing in Washington, D.C. It is the first of three planned hearings across the country to hear from stakeholders about the Commission’s work. The goal of the Commission is to develop a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data to develop evidence about government programs.
The commission is accepting requests for oral statements through today, and welcomes written statements from stakeholders as well. There is also an open Request for Comment from the Commission that closes on November 14. As of the end of Saturday, October 15 a whopping 8 comments have been submitted to that request (none have been posted as yet).
Friday’s hearing is the third public meeting of the Commission, which intends to hold two more meetings by the end of this year. The two additional stakeholder hearings are planned for early in 2017. One will take place in the western U.S. and the other in the center of the country. The Commission has an expiration date of September 2017, so it is interested in working quickly. If you have information that should come before the Commission, you should work quickly as well.