Office of Evaluation Sciences

The Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) translates insights from the social and behavioral sciences into concrete recommendations for how to improve Federal programs, policies, and operations. Composed of a small team of highly qualified experts, OES works closely with agency partners to design, pilot, and empirically measure the relative effectiveness and efficiency of these improvements.

OES was established in March 2015 within the General Services Administration’s Office of Government-Wide Policy. The work of OES is tightly aligned with the activities of the White House Social & Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), a cross-agency group of experts in applied behavioral science and subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council.

Our Work:

The Office of Evaluation Sciences team:

  • Identifies how applications of behavioral insights can help an agency achieve its goals with greater success and efficiency, drawing on external research, best practices, and academic experts;
  • Identifies opportunities for rigorous, rapid pilot testing that quantifies the impact of these insights on outcomes of interest (e.g., increased enrollment in a program, dollars saved, etc.);
  • Provides conceptual and technical support on how best to design, implement, and analyze the pilot, including assisting with research design, regulatory clearance, and data analysis; and,
  • Reports on the findings and implications of these results, including scale-up potential, for both public policy and academic audiences.

***For 2015 Project Abstracts, please visit https://sbst.gov...2016 Coming Soon***

Our Team:

OES is a small team of highly qualified scientists and applied researchers, combining technical expertise with experience implementing evidence-based interventions within the Federal government. The team has a diverse scientific background, drawn from fields such as psychology, economics, and statistics, and brings experience testing program impacts in complex settings. A majority of scientists are recruited from nationally recognized universities and research centers to serve 1-2 year tours of duty at OES. 

Sign-up here to receive the upcoming Call for Applications for rotations beginning in October 2017. 

To learn more about our work and how to get involved as an interested agency collaborator, researcher, or team member, please visit https://sbst.gov.

Last Reviewed 2016-08-09