Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative: Targeting Programs that Work

Evaluating the performance of state programs has become more important than ever. Despite shrinking revenues, states are being bombarded with greater demand for services. Citizens not only want increased access to programs, but also expect these programs to be run efficiently. At this intersection of demand, limited resources and the watchful eyes of taxpayers sits the policymaker or agency administrator trying to decide how best to move forward. Measuring performance and using performance data to strategically place resources are key to implementing the accountable, transparent and results-focused governance policies that citizens demand. This session educated conference attendees on how “Results First” works and why using this approach to policy decision-making can lead to better, more efficient use of scarce state dollars.

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and 
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
September 19, 2013
 
Evaluating the performance of state programs has become more important than ever. Despite shrinking revenues, states are being bombarded with greater demand for services. Citizens not only want increased access to programs, but also expect these programs to be run efficiently. At this intersection of demand, limited resources and the watchful eyes of taxpayers sits the policymaker or agency administrator trying to decide how best to move forward. Measuring performance and using performance data to strategically place resources are key to implementing the accountable, transparent and results-focused governance policies that citizens demand. This session educated conference attendees on how “Results First” works and why using this approach to policy decision-making can lead to better, more efficient use of scarce state dollars.
 
Presentation by Gary VanLandingham, Director, and Adrea Turner, Senior Associate, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
 
 
 
Gary VanLandingham
Gary VanLandingham is director of the Results First project, a joint initiative of Pew and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He manages Pew’s work to advance the use of cost-benefit analysis and to cultivate a climate for evidence-based decision-making that can enable states to eliminate ineffective programs and shift resources to those that generate the best outcomes. As lead on Pew’s efforts to improve the use of data on cost-effectiveness in state policy making, VanLandingham works with state partners to implement proven analytical tools that more accurately assess the true costs and benefits of public programs. He also helps policymakers use the findings to drive state dollars toward programs with the highest returns on taxpayer investments. Before joining Pew in January 2011, VanLandingham served for seven years as director of the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, the Florida Legislature’s policy research and evaluation arm. He has over 30 years of experience conducting and leading policy studies at the state and local government levels. VanLandingham has a doctorate and master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University and a bachelor’s from the University of Florida.
 
Adrea Turner
Adrea Turner is a Senior Associate for the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts. In this role, she works with state policymakers to evaluate state-funded programs and incorporate cost-benefit analysis into their policy and budget decisions. Adrea leads the Results First policy work in Idaho, Mississippi, Oregon, and Texas. Prior to joining Pew, Adrea served as the Special Assistant to the Secretary at the Maryland Department of Transportation and as a Senior Analyst in the Executive Office of Governor Martin O’Malley.  Adrea has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Masters in Public Administration with a dual concentration in public policy and nonprofit administration.