A Great Day for Open Policy Analysis – CEGA | US Congressional Budget Office | Medium
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"...As with the open science movement, a few pioneers have been voicing concerns about the opaqueness of policy reports for a long time now (see Charles Manski’s work). But the idea of “open” policy reports has been slow to gain traction. Fortunately, momentum is starting to build. The charity evaluator Givewell publishes its analyses online, the Open Source Policy Center posts all of its code, and the US Congress is even debating a law to improve the transparency of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
CBO is of the most influential producers of policy analysis in the US.
...CBO’s move is pretty landmark. This is the first time (to my knowledge) that a major policy agency has published both the data and code behind some of its key policy reports. As I’ve written in past, this is a major step in the fight against “alternative facts”. It’s a step toward directly connecting research with policy. And by making policy analysis more reproducible, it can increase the efficiency of producing future policy reports. So yes, I was very happy to see that CBO is moving in the right direction. To keep the momentum going, we at BITSS will be hosting a number of convenings focused on OPA. The 2018 BITSS Annual Meeting (at UC Berkeley this December) will have a special focus on OPA, bringing together key players in the nascent “open policy” movement. In the upcoming months, I’ll be presenting our work to researchers, policy analysts and policy-makers from around the world — including Givewell, UK Aid, and APPAM, the American professional society for policy analysts...."