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"Leading with Evidence:

Innovative Strategies to Drive Government Effectiveness"

An FEI SES Enterprise Leadership Lab 


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Why It's

Most Federal Senior Executives do not need to be convinced that credible evidence should be used as a regular part of decision-making processes – whether it’s deciding how to roll out a new policy, determining which programs are duplicative and which are most effective, or coming up with a promising reform strategy for an outdated or ineffective program or regulation. 

You may know that some evidence exists, but sorting through the information can be daunting. How do you identify solid evidence strategies to select the most trustworthy and relevant information under time constraints and other pressures, including evidence that may be hidden within your agency? And when the evidence you have is lacking, what’s a Senior Executive to do?

Executives in the private industry rely heavily on data, analytics, and strategies like rapid cycle evaluations to inform decision making. Evidence informed policymaking is also supported at the Federal level, states, and in local governments, but what does this mean for you as a Senior Executive?

How You Will Benefit

This Lab will provide Federal Senior Executives with the opportunity to:

  • Discuss new developments in the government’s approach to building and using evidence as a leadership strategy to drive better decision making and achieve greater impact and efficiencies
  • Network with fellow Senior Executives in a hands-on, real-world simulation to leverage evidence in making budget, management or policy decisions under constraints you face in your executive role
  • Explore how to lead Federal initiatives and programs as an executive who creates a demand for, and supply of, trustworthy evidence that helps to produce better outcomes
  • Walk away with tangible strategies to ensure reliable evidence is included with other factors in decision making as you develop solutions to new and persistent problems

An agenda and other information will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the Lab.

Should Attend

This Lab is for you if you are a Career SES, Senior Level (SL), Scientific or Professional (ST), or other Career SES equivalent who wants to appreciate the larger benefits of bringing credible evidence to bear in decision making as you lead initiatives within your agency and across agencies. The Lab is not a substitute for technical training in program evaluation or data analytics.


For more information, call (434) 980-6278 or email


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