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Revisiting US Government Contracting: Continued Challenges, Possible Solutions, New Insights 

11-18-2019 15:02

The vast majority of United States Federal government evaluations are conducted by contractors, so policies and issues related to effective practices for government evaluation contracting are critical. This panel presentation summarized earlier AEA sessions (#Eval12, #Eval13, #Eval15) that addressed challenges in evaluation contracting and proposed specific, useful solutions. Topics include legal and regulatory obstacles; question and answer processes; influence of government cost and time frame estimates; contractor bid/no bid decisions; and performance-based contracting. Solutions to obstacles were organized around:

  • Evaluation planning and building scopes of work (SOW)
  • Negotiating the contract for evaluation services
  • Start-up activities and practices
  • Completing evaluations on time and within budget to address information needs
  • Effective reporting or presentation of evaluation findings
Panelists included government evaluators, contractors, and academics who will address changes in Federal evaluation contracting in the last four years, including changes under the current administration, and the potential impact of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. ​​

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The vast majority of United States Federal government evaluations are conducted by contractors, so policies and issues related to effective practices for government evaluation contracting are critical. This panel presentation summarized earlier AEA sessions (#Eval12, #Eval13, #Eval15) that addressed challenges in evaluation contracting and proposed specific, useful solutions. Topics include legal and regulatory obstacles; question and answer processes; influence of government cost and time frame estimates; contractor bid/no bid decisions; and performance-based contracting. Solutions to obstacles were organized around: Evaluation planning and building scopes of work (SOW) Negotiating the contract for evaluation services Start-up activities and practices Completing evaluations on time and within budget to address information needs Effective reporting or presentation of evaluation findings Panelists included government evaluators, contractors, and academics who will address changes in Federal evaluation contracting in the last four years, including changes under the current administration, and the potential impact of the Evidence-Based Policymaking Act. ​​