9. Evaluation Leadership & Governance


The Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting and its director lead the use of data and evidence in the state’s budget process through the review of agency budget requests based upon their level of evidence and evaluation to inform priority policy and budget decisions. This office engages with the University of Denver’s Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab as well the Colorado Evidence-Based Policy Collaborative composed of state agency representatives and community organizations. The office also administers a $500,000 annual fund for program evaluation and implementation grants, which provides competitive funding for agencies to undertake evaluation and implementation science projects.

Issue Areas: Child Welfare, Criminal Justice, Economic Mobility, Education, Health, Workforce