Evidence-Informed Decision-Making: The Legacy of FATAA and the Evidence Act for US Development Agencies

Two pieces of US legislation - the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA) and the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (The Evidence Act) - stand out for their focus on the publication of accessible, timely data and the generation and use of evidence to help inform critical policy decisions. 

This panel, co-hosted by CGD and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), explored the implications of legislative requirements and how to continue to drive greater transparency and informed decision-making in US development policy. Thomas Kelly, 3ie Director – Evidence for Policy and Learning, moderated this hybrid event.

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Time: 10:00 - 11:30am ET | 3:00 - 4:30pm GMT

Start Date: 15 November 2023 End Date: 15 November 2023

Opening Remarks

  • Ted McCann, Vice President, American Idea Foundation
  • Loren DeJonge Schulman, Associate Director, Performance and Personnel Management, Office of Management and Budget


  • Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen, Vice President of the Office of Development Policy, US International Development Finance Corporation
  • Diana Epstein, Evidence Team Lead, Office of Management and Budget
  • Jessica Lieberman, Deputy Managing Director, Planning, Performance, and Systems, Office of Foreign Assistance, US Department of State
  • Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Vice President of the Department of Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Christophe Tocco, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Planning, Learning and Resource Management, US Agency for International Development


Thomas Kelly, Director, Evidence for Policy and Learning, 3ie

Introduction and welcome from Erin Collinson, Director of Policy Outreach, Center for Global Development