Evidence-Based Fiscal Discipline: The Case for PART 2.0

America’s debt is out of control, and Congress and recent Presidents have done little to decrease spending. The use of rigorous evidence in evaluating program effectiveness is a crucial area where the next President can help to improve accountability and fiscal discipline in the federal budget process. A genuine evidence-based agenda focused on fiscal discipline will help the next President re-assert control over runaway spending. The next Administration should re-establish a modified and improved Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) along with a fiscally disciplined evidence-based spring review by the Office of Management and Budget. Programs that fail to produce results should receive less funding or be terminated altogether, while programs that generate results should continue to receive funding. Unless rigorous evaluation results are strongly linked to budget decisions, any proclamations about the benefits of evidence-based policymaking are meaningless.

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