Bush and Barack Obama Administrations both espoused support for the generation and use of evidence to guide and improve government management. The two presidents brought very different professional experiences, political views, and policy advisors to the job as Chief Executive of the federal bureaucracy, yet their “President’s Management Agendas” established similar expectations about the use of evaluation and performance data. The paper outlines how the two Presidential Administrations centrally approached “evidence‐based policy” and “performance management,” with emphases on program evaluation and performance measurement, respectively
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