MacArthur's work to support the use of benefit-cost analysis tools to help states provide the best outcomes for citizens while improving fiscal health is influencing policy. The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo to heads of executive departments and agencies on the use of evidence and evaluation in the 2014 budget. The memo cites the Foundation-supported Results First initiative as a model that helps states assess and consider investment in programs based on the evidence of their return on investment. Results First was also cited in a New York Times commentary about the rise of evidence in shaping policy; the piece also mentions the work of the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, a Foundation grantee working to increase government effectiveness through the use of rigorous evidence about what works.
The Power of Measuring Social Benefits
The Power of Measuring Social Benefits is a $35 million policy research initiative that seeks to test the hypothesis that effective social policies that invest in individuals in need or at risk not only improve their life chances, but in many instances benefit the larger society and generate public returns long after assistance has ended.