Using Behavioral Economics to Tackle Agency Challenges and Meet Evidence Act Goals


The Technology Policy Institute is hosting an exciting half-day program on evidence-based policymaking aimed at making the most of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. The particular focus will be on using behaviorally-informed insights to learn and do what works.

The event is made possible through a generous grant from the William T. Grant Foundation.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and light breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and Introduction
Scott Wallsten Technology Policy Institute
Robert Hahn, Technology Policy Institute
9:10 – 9:35 Updates on Evidence Act:  A conversation with Shelly Wilkie Martinez
(invited), U.S. Office of Management and Budget and Robert Shea (moderator), Grant Thornton
Lightning-round presentations on leading examples (15 min each)
9:35 – 9:50 Insights from the Administration for Children and Families multi-year
work on behavioral insights
Emily Schmitt, Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
9:50 – 10:05 Insights for federal agencies from the city level
Sam Quinney, The Lab @ DC
10:05 – 10:20 Insights from the U.S. Department of Education
Jessica Barrett Simpson, U.S. Department of Education
10:20 – 10:35 Break
10:35 – 10:50 Insights from working with agencies
Paul Ferraro, Johns Hopkins University
10:50 – 11:25 Moderated discussion and audience Q&A with presenters
Andy Feldman (moderator), Grant Thornton
11:25 – 11:30 Concluding remarks – Robert Hahn
11:30 AM Adjourn



  • November 5, 2019
    8:30 am - 11:30 am


409 12th Street SW, Second Floor, Washington, District of Columbia, 20024, United States