Building Demand for Evidence in the “Post-Fact” Political Environment
In the United States, the political environment has been slowly shifting. Today, policymakers face pressure to improve how they deliver public services, and allocate and spend resources with mounting demands for transparency and accountability from increasingly engaged citizens. The result has been a growing interest in evidence-informed policymaking at all levels of government.
The landscape is changing, however, and the “post-fact” environment following the 2016 elections in the United States requires new and more aggressive approaches to building demand and incentives to promote the use of data and evidence in policymaking. This includes expanding work to build capacity for evidence-informed policymaking – including knowledge and skill building, peer-to-peer learning and technical support – and enhancing the networks of evidence stakeholders who can influence policymakers at all levels of government.