About CEP

The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP) was established by the bipartisan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-140 [PDF <1.0 MB]), jointly sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and signed by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2016. The Act recognizes that better use of existing data may improve how government programs operate. The mission of the Commission is to develop a strategy for increasing the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality. Through the course of the Commission’s work, members will study how data, research, and evaluation are currently used to build evidence, and how to strengthen the government’s evidence-building efforts.

.pdf file   Public Law 114-140 [<1.0 MB]

The Commission is composed of 15 members, appointed by the President, the Speaker of the House, the House Minority Leader, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Senate Minority Leader. Members include individuals with experience as academic researchers, data experts, program administrators, and privacy experts. Currently appointed members of the Commission include:

Katharine G. Abraham, Chair
University of Maryland

Ron Haskins, Co-Chair
Brookings Institution

Sherry Glied
New York University

Hilary Hoynes
University of California, Berkeley

Paul Ohm
Georgetown University


Kathleen Rice Mosier
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Kenneth Troske
University of Kentucky

Robert Groves
Georgetown University

Jeffrey Liebman
Harvard University

Allison Orris*
Office of Management & Budget
(*Departed the Commission on 1/20/2017)

Robert Shea
Grant Thornton LLP

Kim Wallin
D.K. Wallin, Ltd.

Robert Hahn
University of Oxford

Bruce Meyer
University of Chicago

Nancy Potok*
Office of Management & Budget
(*Started with the Commission on 3/13/2017)

Latanya Sweeney
Harvard University

Members will apply their diverse range of experience and multidisciplinary expertise to study several key issues related to the use of survey and administrative data:

  • Existing barriers to accessing and using data government already collects
  • Strategies for better integrating existing data with appropriate infrastructure and security, to support policy research and evaluation
  • Practices for monitoring and assessing outcomes of government programs
  • Whether a data clearinghouse could enhance program evaluation and research opportunities

During the course of its work, the Commission will solicit input from stakeholders, including Federal agencies, researchers, program evaluators, program administrators, advocacy organizations, foundations and non-profit organizations, and the business community.
Under current law, the Commission will issue its findings and report to the President and the Congress in September 2017.

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