Rigorous policy pilots have tremendous potential to improve governance.
Several successful programs demonstrate that prioritizing evidence can positively impact policy effects.
Clear standards for producing and sharing data can encourage more effective policymaking.
The future for evidence-based regulation has never looked brighter.
A new proposal seeks to reduce the time and cost of securing approval for human subject research.
An agency’s regulatory experience informs the development of effective future programs.
Trial-and-error decision-making could provide great benefits to regulators.
Regulators should rely on both clinical and actuarial judgment when setting policy.
Random audit programs should prioritize transparency to enhance legitimacy and minimize reputational risks.
Randomized policy research should be pre-registered to reduce the chance of false positive results.
Policymakers should take steps to ensure successful pilots can be scaled up effectively.
Scholars examine the benefits, challenges, and best practices of evidence-based policymaking.