The movement to improve performance in government programs has yielded mixed results. While the formal process of strategic planning and performance reporting have lifted the discussion of program outcomes to a higher plane, there is often inadequate evidence that the methods being undertaken are in fact the most efficacious ones.
Techniques including Randomized Control Trials (RCT) have spotlighted the strengths- and weaknesses- in various program approaches. This Panel will analyze the existing process of planning and measurement required by statute and regulation with the two fold objective of providing insights in how the processes can be streamlined and how evidence based methods can be used to improve outcomes. It will also examine the necessary time, political support and resources necessary to undertake evidence based analysis.