Evidence Building Plan (Learning Agenda)
An evidence-building plan, also referred to as a learning agenda, is a plan for identifying and addressing priority questions relevant to the programs, policies, and regulations of the agency. The evidence-building plan identifies, prioritizes, and establishes strategies to develop evidence to answer important short- and long-term strategic questions about how the agency meets its mission and performs its operations. The evidence-building plan is intended to emphasize and foster an agency culture of learning and continuous improvement. Once an evidence-building plan is implemented, decision makers can use the resulting evidence to guide choices to improve agency programs, policies, and regulations.
The evidence-building plan is a cycle; it is not a one-way journey. Getting feedback throughout the process is essential to successfully implement an evidence-building plan. The evidence-building plan includes priority questions that are structured to provide an understanding of how each answer will be pursued.
General Evidence-Building Plan Process
The Evidence Act requires the following information to be included in the evidence-building plan:
- A list of policy-relevant questions for which the agency intends to develop evidence to support policymaking.
- A list of data the agency intends to collect, use, or acquire to facilitate the use of evidence in policymaking.
- A list of methods and analytical approaches that may be used to develop evidence to support policymaking.
- A list of any challenges to developing evidence to support policymaking, including any statutory or other restrictions to accessing relevant data.
- A description of the steps the agency will take to accomplish paragraphs (1) and (2) in this list.
- Any other information as required by guidance issued by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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