What is the state of State government finances as states grapple with their own short and long-term fiscal challenges and the prospects of the continuing “trickle down” impact of tighter federal budgets given the interdependency of the levels of government on one another? And how can States best address the difficult road ahead?
The Department of Defense faces a challenging budget scenario over the coming decades, as it will be tasked with improving its cross-cutting operational effectiveness and mission excellence with constrained financial resources.
“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” notes Carl Sagan. Has the relatively recent focus on evidence-based decision-making enriched or stalled policy deliberations? What proof do we have that evidence-based decision-making has improved the quality of decision-making and program implementation? This session will explore the role of evidence in enhancing the availability of timely, authoritative and relevant information to policy makers.