A Decade of Progress and Impact

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Message
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Our
Founders


Michele Jolin

Michele Jolin

CEO & Co-Founder
Chair of the Board

David Medina

David Medina

COO & Co-Founder

Ten years ago, we started Results for America with a simple idea:

Governments that harness the power of evidence and data would make better decisions and faster progress on our toughest challenges.

Ten years later, we are seeing the results: Billions of federal dollars shifted to more effective solutions. Millions of people across the country benefiting from more results-oriented government decisions. Thousands of high-impact government leaders – at every level – delivering for residents.

For the last decade, we have helped government leaders test new strategies for using evidence and data to increase the impact of government dollars. Through this work, we have refined an approach that steers more public dollars to solutions that accelerate economic mobility.

Our mission for the next 10 years: To spread this approach far and wide. To close racial gaps and open opportunities for all. To work with leaders across the political spectrum to improve the impact of the over $2 trillion already being spent each year by governments in the United States to meet the needs of vulnerable populations and advance economic mobility.

Big solutions don’t have to be partisan or political. By investing in what works, we can help restore the public’s faith in government’s ability to tackle our most difficult problems.

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Michele Jolin

Michele Jolin

CEO & Co-Founder
Chair of the Board

David Medina

David Medina

COO & Co-Founder

By the Numbers

10 Years of Impact

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Government Funds Shifted

Results for America and our coalition helped shift more than $19.7 billion in federal dollars to evidence-based programs that deliver better results for residents.

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Policies and Executive Actions

Results for America and our coalition helped shape more than 50 policies and executive actions over the last decade that will deliver better results.

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Government Leaders Trained

Results for America and our partners have trained more than 14,000 leaders and staff from City Halls, Governor’s offices, and federal, state and local agencies.

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States

Results for America has worked with leaders in 36 states to build and use their evidence and data capacity.

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Cities & Counties

Results for America has supported over 275 cities and counties in using evidence and data to address local challenges.

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Champions

More than 650 bipartisan leaders and members of our coalition have committed to helping governments at every level invest in what works.

Policies

Results for America and our coalition have helped enact legislation and shaped key executive actions and policies at the federal, state and local levels, including:

Results for America and our coalition have helped enact legislation and shaped key executive actions and policies at the federal, state and local levels.

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act
  • Juvenile Justice Reform Act
  • Annual Federal Appropriations Bills
  • Family First Prevention Services Act
  • Head Start Performance Standards
  • Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
  • Child Care and Development Block Grant Act
  • Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board Evidence Definitions
  • Texas Workforce Commission’s Tiered-Evidence Framework
  • Nevada Department of Education Evidence Definitions
  • Colorado Workforce Commission Evidence Definitions
  • Buffalo (NY) Proactive Rental Inspections Legislation
  • Long Beach (CA) Guaranteed Income Pilot Program
  • Kansas City (MO) Performance Ordinance
Evidence Act Every Student Succeeds Act U.S. Treasury Department's American Rescue Plan Act Guidance President Biden's Memorandum on Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Social Impact Partnerships to Pay for Results Act Juvenile Justice Reform Act Annual Federal Appropriations Bills Family First Prevention Services Act Head Start Performance Standards Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act Child Care and Development Block Grant Act Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board Evidence Definitions Texas Workforce Commission's Tiered-Evidence Framework Nevada Department of Education Evidence Definitions Colorado Workforce Commission Evidence Definitions Buffalo (NY) Proactive Rental Inspections Legislation Long Beach (CA) Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Kansas City (MO) Performance Ordinance

Solutions

Results for America has supported federal, state and local governments to increase their investments in solutions that work, including:

Results for America has supported federal, state and local governments to increase their investments in solutions that work.

  • Maternal and Child Home Visiting Programs
  • High-Dosage Tutoring
  • Sector-Based Skills Training
  • Alternative Emergency Response
  • College Access Programs
  • Fines and Fees Reform
  • Guaranteed Income
  • Providence Talks
  • Placed Based Partnerships
  • Subsidized Transit Fares
  • Broadband Access
  • High-quality, Affordable Preschool
  • Lead Paint Abatement
  • Adult Reentry Programs
  • Registered Apprenticeships
  • Innovation Funds
  • School-based Health Programs
  • Summer Youth Employment
  • Eviction Prevention Programs
  • Financial Empowerment
  • Career Academies
  • GED/HSED Certificate Programs
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  • Summer Learning Programs
  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Rapid Re-housing Initiatives
  • License Restoration & Criminal Record Expungement
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Post-Secondary Guidance and Support
  • Community Health Programs
Maternal and Child Home Visiting Programs High-Dosage Tutoring Sector-Based Skills Training Alternative Emergency Response College Access Programs Fines and Fees Reform Guaranteed Income Providence Talks Placed Based Partnerships Subsidized Transit Fares Broadband Access High-quality, Affordable Preschool Lead Paint Abatement Adult Reentry Programs Registered Apprenticeships Innovation Funds School-based Health Programs Summer Youth Employment Eviction Prevention Programs Financial Empowerment Career Academies GED/HSED Certificate Programs Teen Pregnancy Prevention Summer Learning Programs Permanent Supportive Housing Rapid Re-housing Initiatives License Restoration & Criminal Record Expungement Mentoring Programs Post-Secondary Guidance and Support Community Health Programs
Maternal and Child Home Visiting Programs High-Dosage Tutoring Sector-Based Skills Training Alternative Emergency Response College Access Programs Fines and Fees Reform Guaranteed Income Providence Talks Placed Based Partnerships Subsidized Transit Fares Broadband Access High-quality, Affordable Preschool Lead Paint Abatement Adult Reentry Programs Registered Apprenticeships Innovation Funds School-based Health Programs Summer Youth Employment Eviction Prevention Programs Financial Empowerment Career Academies GED/HSED Certificate Programs Teen Pregnancy Prevention Summer Learning Programs Permanent Supportive Housing Rapid Re-housing Initiatives License Restoration & Criminal Record Expungement

Our Approach

Results for America changes the way governments invest dollars by attaching new impact requirements to the money flowing from federal to state to local governments. Through this approach, governments are incentivized to look at whether their dollars go to what works and to shift to investing in solutions that deliver better results. Then, we support government leaders to implement.

The result: More of the $2 trillion that U.S. governments spend each year to meet the needs of vulnerable populations and open opportunities go to higher-impact solutions that will improve Americans’ lives.

Flow of Investment

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Our Network

We are working with data-driven, results-oriented leaders in City Halls, County seats, Governor’s offices, the White House and Congress, and agencies across the country. Over the last decade, our network has expanded to include bipartisan leaders at every level of government, from every region, who are committed to delivering better results.

Impact Through the Years

Milestones

2012

Results for America is founded

2012

2013

RFA launches Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence

2013

2014

“Moneyball for Government” book published, becomes national bestseller

RFA’s Local Government Fellowship created

2014

2015

President Obama signs bipartisan act for students amidst crowd

President Obama signs bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act, which includes key evidence provisions

RFA partners with Bloomberg Philanthropies to launch What Works Cities initiative

2015

2016

Congress passes bipartisan law creating the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

RFA launches Evidence in Education Lab, Nonprofit Fellows program, What Works Media Project and Results for All initiative

2016

2017

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What Works Cities Summit in New York City draws nearly 300 Mayors, city leaders and experts

2017

2018

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Inaugural group of 9 cities achieve What Works Cities Certification

Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence launched

2018

2019

Bipartisan Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act signed into law

RFA announces the Evidence in Workforce Lab, the Economic Mobility Initiative and the Providence Talks replication initiative

2019

2020

RFA launches the Economic Mobility Catalog, EdResearch for Recovery Project and City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery program

2020

2021

50 U.S. cities achieve What Works Cities Certification

8 Leading States and 4 Honor Roll states recognized for their use of evidence and data

9 Federal agencies certified at the Gold, Silver or Bronze level

2021

2022

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey receiving recognition as a What Works City

RFA releases American Rescue Plan Data & Evidence Dashboard based on data from 200+ local, state, and tribal governments

RFA expands reach to more than 275 cities and counties, with new initiatives including the Good Jobs and Equity Project, the Solutions Accelerator and the ARP Initiative

2022
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“AmeriCorps has been recognized for outstanding performance in using evidence and data to invest federal resources in programs that work…[W]e will continue to support grantees and other supported programs with their evidence-building activities”

Michael D. Smith CEO, AmeriCorps

Impact Snapshot

AmeriCorps


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In 2013, Results for America began urging federal agencies to prioritize evidence of effectiveness in their grant programs through the annual Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence. AmeriCorps was among the first agencies to respond, and it has increased its evidence-based grantmaking every year. Last year, 51% of AmeriCorps’ State and National grants went to programs backed by strong evidence.

The Impact

This shift helped Minnesota Reading Corps – which improves reading skills for K-3rd grade students, according to multiple rigorous studies – receive $7 million more from AmeriCorps over five years. The program was able to add 400 more tutors and serve 6,000 more students.

Impact Snapshot

AmeriCorps


AmeriCorps volunteer posing with three young children
In 2013, Results for America began urging federal agencies to prioritize evidence of effectiveness in their grant programs through the annual Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence. AmeriCorps was among the first agencies to respond, and it has increased its evidence-based grantmaking every year. Last year, 51% of AmeriCorps’ State and National grants went to programs backed by strong evidence.

The Impact

This shift helped Minnesota Reading Corps – which improves reading skills for K-3rd grade students, according to multiple rigorous studies – receive $7 million more from AmeriCorps over five years. The program was able to add 400 more tutors and serve 6,000 more students.

Impact Snapshot

Nevada


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Nevada state education leaders worked with Results for America to seize on the evidence provisions in the bipartisan federal education law (Every Student Succeeds Act) to steer over $200 million in both federal and state grants annually toward programs backed by evidence.

The Impact

In one school – Grass Valley Elementary School in Winnemucca, Nevada – this shift to evidence-based interventions nearly doubled the number of 3rd graders who were proficient in reading in a single year.

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“Why are we doing this? So that all students, regardless of their zip codes or backgrounds, have access to an excellent education.”
Dr. Seng-Dao Yang Keo Chief Strategy Officer at the Nevada Department of Education

Impact Snapshot

Nevada


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Nevada state education leaders worked with Results for America to seize on the evidence provisions in the bipartisan federal education law (Every Student Succeeds Act) to steer over $200 million in both federal and state grants annually toward programs backed by evidence.

The Impact

In one school – Grass Valley Elementary School in Winnemucca, Nevada – this shift to evidence-based interventions nearly doubled the number of 3rd graders who were proficient in reading in a single year.

“Why are we doing this? So that all students, regardless of their zip codes or backgrounds, have access to an excellent education.”
Dr. Seng-Dao Yang Keo Chief Strategy Officer at the Nevada Department of Education

“Data tells a story that you cannot deny.”

Victoria Woodards

Mayor of Tacoma, WA

Impact Snapshot

Guaranteed Income


In 2020, Results for America led a “Solutions Sprint” for 22 cities that wanted to learn more about how to implement a “guaranteed income” program. A rigorous evaluation of Stockton, CA’s program – which provided monthly cash transfers to struggling residents – found that recipients were twice as likely as non-recipients to find full-time employment, while also experiencing other benefits, such as reduced depression and anxiety.

The Impact

After the seven-week Sprint, half of the cities (11 cities) launched or announced plans to launch Guaranteed Income pilots. Tacoma (WA) Mayor Victoria Woodards said the Sprint helped her city secure $500,000 in additional funding and “develop a successful pilot…[and] implement the program in an accelerated fashion.”

Impact Snapshot

Guaranteed Income


In 2020, Results for America led a “Solutions Sprint” for 22 cities that wanted to learn more about how to implement a “guaranteed income” program. A rigorous evaluation of Stockton, CA’s program – which provided monthly cash transfers to struggling residents – found that recipients were twice as likely as non-recipients to find full-time employment, while also experiencing other benefits, such as reduced depression and anxiety.

The Impact

After the seven-week Sprint, half of the cities (11 cities) launched or announced plans to launch Guaranteed Income pilots. Tacoma (WA) Mayor Victoria Woodards said the Sprint helped her city secure $500,000 in additional funding and “develop a successful pilot…[and] implement the program in an accelerated fashion.”

“Data tells a story that you cannot deny.”

Victoria Woodards

Mayor of Tacoma, WA

Impact Snapshot

Racine, Wisconsin


For decades, Racine had one of the highest unemployment rates in Wisconsin, as well as low educational attainment rates, with roughly one in five adult residents lacking a high school diploma or equivalent. In 2019, the city was selected to participate in Results for America’s What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative, designed to help Mayors test strategies and work more closely with community partners to increase economic mobility.

The Impact

Racine’s High School Equivalency Diploma program – led by YWCA Southeast Wisconsin – had generated strong results but was serving only a small number of participants. With the added capacity, the city expanded the program, added community partners and secured additional federal and state grants. Over 400 students have now completed the program – with 80% having graduated and earned workforce readiness certificates – positioning themselves for better wages and higher quality jobs.

“We want to say to those adults, ‘We believe in you. It’s not too late for your education, and we want to help you get that so you can get on a path to getting into these jobs.’”

Vicky Selkowe Racine’s Strategic Initiatives & Community Partnerships Manager

Impact Snapshot

Racine, Wisconsin


For decades, Racine had one of the highest unemployment rates in Wisconsin, as well as low educational attainment rates, with roughly one in five adult residents lacking a high school diploma or equivalent. In 2019, the city was selected to participate in Results for America’s What Works Cities Economic Mobility Initiative, designed to help Mayors test strategies and work more closely with community partners to increase economic mobility.

The Impact

Racine’s High School Equivalency Diploma program – led by YWCA Southeast Wisconsin – had generated strong results but was serving only a small number of participants. With the added capacity, the city expanded the program, added community partners and secured additional federal and state grants. Over 400 students have now completed the program – with 80% having graduated and earned workforce readiness certificates – positioning themselves for better wages and higher quality jobs.

“We want to say to those adults, ‘We believe in you. It’s not too late for your education, and we want to help you get that so you can get on a path to getting into these jobs.’”

Vicky Selkowe Racine’s Strategic Initiatives & Community Partnerships Manager

Transforming How
Government Works

Results for America does three things at the federal, state and local levels of government:

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Setting a "North Star"

Establishes standards of excellence – a “north star” for what results-oriented government looks like

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Implementing What Works

Provides implementation support to help government leaders improve results

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Building Momentum

Creates external motivation to celebrate and reward their progress

Setting a "North Star"

Our Standards of Excellence help governments benchmark their existing data and evidence capacity and provide a roadmap for how to accelerate their progress and deliver better results.

As of early 2022, Results for America has recognized:

Local

55
What Works Cities Certified

for their excellence in data-driven decision making

State

8 Leading States
& 4 Honor Roll States

for their evidence-driven efforts

Federal

9
Federal Agencies

for their progress in building the evidence and data capacity to invest in what works

Implementing What Works

Our Implementation Support includes technical assistance, individual coaching, multi-year Fellowships, boot camps, peer networks, solutions sprints, case studies, policy reports and roadmaps – as well as providing model legislative and administrative language to help governments invest in what works.

Over the last decade, we’ve had:

500+
participants at our Solutions Sprints

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250+
reports, briefs, roadmaps and case studies

125+
leaders who have participated in our Fellowships

“We are building the capacity in local government to innovate and test new approaches to solving intractable problems. This approach gives us the freedom to try something new and evaluate it before we make major investments. If it works, we scale up; if not, we adjust our approach and test again.”

Mayor G.T. Bynum, R-Tulsa

a former Results for America Local Government Fellow who now leads a What Works Certified City

Building Momentum

Our Strategic Communications and Mobilization Efforts help build momentum for change in government by motivating and celebrating policymakers who are investing in what works.

2,000+
articles, op-eds and videos

1,000+
events and briefings

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650+
member bipartisan coalition of leaders

Looking Ahead

The Next
Ten Years

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Over the next decade, we will broadly spread our tested approach so that investing in what works becomes the “new normal” in government.

Data-driven decision making will no longer be optional or an outlier. It will be standard operating procedure. Government decision-makers will expect to see data and regularly use evidence of impact to make their funding and policy decisions. And this will change the way we solve social problems in America.

Government is the largest funder of solutions to open economic opportunities. By changing the way government funding flows and incentivizing results, decision making changes for the better. This is a powerfulsystemic transformation that will improve Americans’ lives for decades to come.

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Michele Jolin speaking to audience at RFA Summit

Over the next decade, we will broadly spread our tested approach so that investing in what works becomes the “new normal” in government.

Data-driven decision making will no longer be optional or an outlier. It will be standard operating procedure. Government decision-makers will expect to see data and regularly use evidence of impact to make their funding and policy decisions. And this will change the way we solve social problems in America.

Government is the largest funder of solutions to open economic opportunities. By changing the way government funding flows and incentivizing results, decision making changes for the better. This is a powerfulsystemic transformation that will improve Americans’ lives for decades to come.

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Our Team

Results for America’s strength is our team.

We have decades of experience in government. We know what it takes to change government leaders’ behavior because we have walked in their shoes.

Our Partners and Funders

Gratitude

We thank all the unseen heroes in government who are working every day to deliver better results for the people they serve. Now more than ever.

We are grateful to all of our Board Members, friends and supporters, Advisory Committee members, current and former Senior Fellows, current and alumni Fellows, Moneyball for Government All-Stars, and partners in the Invest in What Works Coalition who have helped drive this progress.

Results for America’s work over the last decade would not have been possible without the generous support of our funding partners – past and present.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Arnold Ventures

Ballmer Group

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Blue Meridian Partners

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

The Families & Workers Fund

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

George Kaiser Family Foundation

The Kresge Foundation

MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

The Morino Institute

Nielsen Foundation

Open Society Foundations

Overdeck Family Foundation

S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Schmidt Futures

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Sorenson Impact Center

Strada Education Network

William T. Grant Foundation

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