Assessment for government programs

In my field of higher education, the big idea is assessment.  Accreditors are requiring that we assess what we do; that is, that we give evidence for the quality and effectiveness of our programs and operations.  Businesses too are measuring product quality and customer satisfaction.  But there is almost no assessment of government programs.  Very little data is gathered to determine whether or not a program works or fulfills its purpose.  As a result, once a program is enacted, it is almost impossible to kill.  But now some economists are proposing ways to bring assessment to the government. [Read more...]