Results for America publishes Moneyball for Government, cites BELL as example of what works
November 11, 2014 - Washington, DC - Results for America announced today that their first book, Moneyball for Government, is now available for purchase through Amazon. The book, which includes bipartisan jointly-written chapters by former Obama and George W. Bush administration Budget Directors Peter Orszag and Jim Nussle (R-IA) and other current and former federal government leaders and advisors, encourages government to change how it works so that data, evidence and evaluation drive policy and funding decisions.
Moneyball for Government highlights 25 organizations and initiatives - including BELL's expanded learning programs - that are successfully using data and evidence to improve outcomes for kids, families and communities, 12 high profile Republican and Democratic leaders supporting the use of data and evidence in policy making, 6 interviews with leaders who have driven this change, and more than 2 dozen policy recommendations for how leaders from across the aisle can come together to make sure that the government plays Moneyball - even in today's challenging environment.
"We operate in a resource-constrained environment, and too often we see resources deployed in ways that do not make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and families in the community," said Tiffany Gueye, Ph.D., BELL's Chief Executive Officer. "And when that happens, it makes it that much more challenging for effective organizations to harness the resources they need to advance their missions. The nonprofit sector has a long way to go to figure out a way to leverage community resources and solve our greatest social challenges. The Moneyball for Government approach will push the sector forward in important ways as we drive to produce greater and greater social returns on investment."
BELL is cited as a model of what works because of its rigorous use of data to improve quality and scholar outcomes. An independent study of its summer learning program, published by the Urban Institute, showed that BELL's approach increases scholars' academic skills and parental engagement. Since the study's publication in 2005, BELL has partnered with schools and school districts across 19 states and blended public and private resources to expand learning opportunities and increase student achievement.
"Of course a big fear - and one that still remains - is that evaluating social impact is rarely a black and white proposition. Everyone wants a simple "yes or no" answer when asked 'does this program work.' The strongest evidence comes not in the form of a single data point, rather, the Moneyball approach has to be moderated by a range of data to help inform smart resource allocations."
In addition to the chapter by Orszag and Nussle, the book includes jointly-written chapters by U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Mark Warner (D-VA), former Obama and George W. Bush domestic policy advisors Melody Barnes and John Bridgeland; and former spokesmen for the Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns Kevin Madden and Howard Wolfson. It also includes chapters from former Obama and George W. Bush economic advisors Gene Sperling and Glenn Hubbard, and Obama and George W. Bush policy experts Robert Gordon and Ron Haskins.
"This book is about changing the way government works and getting better results for the American people," said Michele Jolin, managing partner of Results for America. "By learning what works, government can reward innovative approaches, tackle tough problems and scale the most successful programs. This exceptional group of authors provides practical insight and inspiration for pushing our government to play Moneyball and ensure we get better outcomes for every taxpayer dollars spent. Moneyball for Government shows that there is bipartisan momentum behind this effort and that government leaders at all levels can and should support and implement these ideas."
"The timing for this book is exactly right. Now that Republicans control Congress, the Moneyball approach is something that all Republicans should embrace," said Jim Nussle (R-IA), former Congressman and former OMB Director under President George W. Bush and co-editor of Moneyball for Government. "Republicans can support Moneyball because it helps ensure we aren't spending taxpayer dollars on programs that are outdated and ineffective. If we are serious about governing, the policy recommendations laid out in Moneyball for Government are the place to start."
"This book provides a path for bipartisan cooperation as we look for ways to make our government work better for the American people," said Peter Orszag, former OMB Director under President Barack Obama and co-editor of Moneyball for Government. "Now that the election is over, Republicans and Democrats face the hard task of governing. The solutions outlined in Moneyball for Government show that government can work to help address the great challenges facing our nation."