Evidence-Based Policymaking: Survey Data Identify Opportunities to Strengthen Capacity Across Federal Agencies, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 3MB]
From the Highlights: "The Evidence Act created a framework for enhancing the federal government's capacity to build and use evidence in decision-making. The Evidence Act includes provisions for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to review its implementation. This report (1) describes federal managers' reported availability and use of evidence in decision-making activities, and (2) assesses federal managers' reported views on their agencies' capacity for evidence-building activities. To conduct its work, GAO analyzed results from a survey it administered from July to December 2020 to a stratified random sample of about 4,000 managers at 24 major federal agencies. The survey had a 56 percent response rate. Results can be generalized to the population of managers government-wide and at each agency. GAO also reviewed documents from OMB [Office of Management and Budget], OPM [Office of Personnel Management], and relevant interagency councils, and interviewed federal officials."
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/