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GAO Report w/ Recommendation on Evidence of Effectiveness for Federal Grantees

Posted on October 23, 2016 - 4:52 PM CDT

Tags: SMD E/PO Community | Assessment / Evaluation | Budgets

Why GAO Did This Study

The federal government spends more than $600 billion a year on grants to fund a wide range of programs and services, including those related to social services, education, and health care. To better integrate evidence and rigorous evaluation in federal grantmaking, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has encouraged federal agencies to use tiered evidence grant programs.

Recommendation: To facilitate collaboration and identify and broadly disseminate information on leading practices and lessons learned, the Director of OMB should establish a formal means for agencies to collaborate on tiered evidence grants. This could include creating a formal working group or providing collaboration technologies, such as an electronic mailing list or web portals.

Agency Affected: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget

Tiered Evidence Grants: Opportunities Exist to Share Lessons from Early Implementation and Inform Future Federal Efforts  GAO-16-818