Data and evidence are increasingly used to inform and shape policymaking. But does that mean we are actually creating more effective policies? A debate is roiling research, science, and policy circles about the value and role of evidence in crafting policies meant to solve U.S. society’s most pressing issues.

Join the Niskanen Center for a virtual panel discussion featuring leading researchers and experts, who will explore the when, where, why, and how of evidence and data in crafting effective federal policy. This discussion is informed by the latest issue of Vital City, Does Evidence Matter?: Research meets the real world, a co-venture with the Niskanen Center’s Hypertext journal

Does evidence matter in policy making?
June 17, 2024, 1:00 p.m.


  • Dylan Matthews, senior correspondent at Vox (moderator)
  • Nancy La Vigne, director of the National Institute of Justice
  • Megan Stevenson, professor of law and economics at the University of Virginia Law School
  • Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow at Brookings Institution
  • Amy O’Hara, professor of research at Georgetown University and Director of Georgetown’s Federal Statistical Research Data Center

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