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Every day, companies are carrying out thousands of tests to develop and refine their products and increase their profitability. How can the same practices be used to guide the evaluation and development of administrative policy and the law, improving their effectiveness for the American people?

This question motivated a one-day, invitation-only workshop that brought together federal officials, academics, and members of the civil and private sectors to share best practices, increase capacity, and build a community of practice around the use of rigorous policy pilots in making law and policy.

The event was held on May 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. The proceedings were closed to the media and observed the Chatham House rule. The program featured lightning talks, panels, and interactive discussion.

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Administrative Conference of the United States, the Partnership for Public Service, the Columbia Center for Constitutional Governance, the Santa Clara University High Tech Law Institute, and the Penn Program on Regulation.

Participants from over a dozen federal agencies as well as academic and non-profit institutions addressed the following topics:

  • Agency Experiences with Rigorous Policy Pilots and Lessons Learned
  • Prospective and Retrospective Evaluation of Policy to Advance Mission
  • Cross-Agency Coordination
  • Embedding Rigorous Evaluation in Policy- and Law-Making and Implementation

If you would like more information, please contact the workshop’s organizing co-chairs, Colleen Chien (Columbia/Santa Clara) at, or Todd Rubin (Administrative Conference of US) at

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Federal Pilots and Evaluation Programs

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