The American Spirit combines a drive to explore with the ability to problem solve in moments that are radical and new. As a Nation we have had some terrible moments of failure. We have also led the advance of humanity through the birth pangs of modernity and into the information age.
The National Academy of Public Administration Transition 2016 program produced a presidential transition whitepaper under the direction of Edward DeSeve that serves as a strong outline for evidence based decision making. Among the insights...
-Leaders’ actions set the tone for the organization. Leaders should, early in their tenures, signal the importance of using data to make decisions around key mission needs, and create open organizational cultures that foster the sharing of information (both good and bad news).
-Mission clarity. It is important to understand the mission of the organization, as well as the leader’s role, authorities and constraints.
-Developing a framework and communicating how decisions will get make will be a key to success. Leaving the various decision frameworks that leaders need to navigate—policy, budget, acquisition, strategic planning, etc.—undefined or ad hoc will stymie concerted action.
The whitepaper is a smart resources and worth reviewing for those interested in advancing evidence based decision making.