Nine federal agencies participated in the Index this year and I had the privilege of joining the eight other agencies—described by Results for America as “evidence champions”—in a panel celebrating the launch of the 2018 Index. It was encouraging to hear a common commitment to evidence across federal agencies with vastly different missions. Agencies noted a recent push to ensure data and evidence are accessible to external stakeholders. This includes producing products that are easy to understand and that allow, even encourage, the public to engage.
MCC is taking this challenge seriously with forthcoming products to make the results of our investments and independent evaluations more accessible and clear. While MCC was highlighted as one of three agencies to increase its overall score on the Index compared to last year, MCC’s external stakeholders expect the Agency to continually push the bounds of creating and using evidence to make investments. We welcome this external push. Stay tuned for new products in this spirit in 2019.
Panel participants also discussed pursuing a culture of evidence, data and learning that extends beyond traditional monitoring and evaluation staff. Building this culture means having honest discussions about what works and what doesn’t work, while making these conversations transparent to stakeholders. The creation and use of evidence and data is central to MCC’s investment approach, and MCC remains committed to advancing the role of evidence in decision-making in our own investments and with our partner countries.