Rachel Fulcher-Dawson | November 3, 2016
James Sullivan, co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Development (LEO) and Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame, will testify Friday (Nov. 4) before the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in Washington, D.C.
Sullivan will present recommendations developed by LEO regarding non-governmental demand for evaluation. His testimony is based on LEO’s work with nonprofit social service agencies across the country that work to improve anti-poverty solutions via evidence-based research.
Private social service providers spend $200 billion annually on programs for vulnerable populations. Many innovative providers and programs are working to design new programs to address the needs of poor families. Sullivan says, “To promote evidence-based policymaking in government, we need to do more than evaluate government programs. To design better programs in Washington, we need to know what works outside of Washington.”