Can we have an evidence-based government?

The federal government is getting more and more invested in evaluating its programs. But will that fix what ails it?

By Jim Tankersley and Dylan Matthews April 16, 2013

Why comparing budgets is so maddeningly tough

On the one hand, doing budget math is just solving arithmetic problems. On the other hand, the arithmetic problems were designed by a sadistic madman.

By Dylan Matthews April 11, 2013