OMB Memorandum M-20-12 outlines the Phase 4 Implementation of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018. It provides guidance to CFO Act agencies on program evaluation standards and practices, emphasizing the importance of systematic data collection and analysis to assess program effectiveness and efficiency. The document establishes five key standards: Relevance and Utility, Rigor, Independence and Objectivity, Transparency, and Ethics. These standards aim to improve the quality and use of evaluation across federal agencies, ensuring that evaluations are actionable, credible, and ethically conducted. The Memorandum guides federal data leaders in developing policies, evaluation offices, and infrastructure to support evidence-based policymaking, ultimately enhancing the government’s ability to deliver on its mission effectively.

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