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September 6, 2019

"Leading with Evidence:  Innovative Strategies to
Deliver Government Effectiveness"

An FEI SES Enterprise Leadership Lab in collaboration with 
the OMB Evidence Team;
he LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin; and
the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University



Friday, September 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Onsite registration and networking start at 8:30 AM.

(This Lab was first offered in June 2018.)


This SES Enterprise Leadership Lab explores emerging trends and innovations in how Senior Leaders can integrate data and evidence into ongoing decisions to ultimately produce better program outcomes and more effective policies.

Why Do I Need This Lab

Most Federal Senior Executives do not need to be convinced that credible evidence should be used as a regular part of decision-making processes – whether it’s deciding how to roll out a new policy, determining which programs are duplicative and which are most effective, or coming up with a promising reform strategy for an outdated or ineffective program or regulation. 

You may know that some evidence exists, but sorting through the information can be daunting. How do you identify solid evidence strategies to select the most trustworthy and relevant information under time constraints and other pressures, including evidence that may be hidden within your agency? And when the evidence you have is lacking, what’s a Senior Executive to do?

Executives in the private industry rely heavily on data, analytics, and strategies like rapid cycle evaluations to inform decision making. Evidence informed policymaking is also supported at the Federal level, states, and in local governments, but what does this mean for you as a Senior Executive?

What Will I Experience

This Lab will provide Federal Senior Executives with the opportunity to:

  • Discuss new developments in the government’s approach to building and using evidence as a leadership strategy to drive better decision making and achieve greater impact and efficiencies
  • Network with fellow Senior Executives in a hands-on, real-world simulation to leverage evidence in making budget, management or policy decisions under constraints you face in your executive role
  • Explore how to lead Federal initiatives and programs as an executive who creates a demand for, and supply of, trustworthy evidence that helps to produce better outcomes
  • Walk away with tangible strategies to ensure reliable evidence is included with other factors in decision making as you develop solutions to new and persistent problems

An agenda and other information will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the Lab.

Should I Attend

This Lab is for you if you are a Career SES, Senior Level (SL), Scientific or Professional (ST), or other Career SES equivalent who wants to appreciate the larger benefits of bringing credible evidence to bear in decision making as you lead initiatives within your agency and across agencies. 

The Lab is not intended as a how-to for implementing OMB policy but rather is offered as a senior executive development opportunity to learn more about the application of evidence.  The Lab is not a substitute for technical training in program evaluation or data analytics.


The tuition is $795 per person, payable by Government-issued purchase card or agency-specific procurement forms. Tuition includes instructional materials and a working lunch.


United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Lower Level Auditorium at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.  Directions will be provided upon registration. Click here to see nearby hotels.

Meaning of "SES equivalent"

SES positions are those within the executive branch of the Federal government that are classified above the GS-15 level, or an equivalent position, which is not required to be filled by Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation, and in which the incumbent:

  • Directs the work of an organizational unit;
  • Is held accountable for the success of one or more specific programs or projects;
  • Monitors progress toward organizational goals, and periodically evaluates and makes appropriate adjustments to such goals;
  • Supervises the work of employees other than personal assistants; or
  • Otherwise exercises important policy-making, policy-determining, or other executive functions.

There are Federal agencies with legislation (e.g., Title 10, Title 38, and Title 42) that permits hiring into executive service positions for specialized skills (e.g. law enforcement and defense intelligence and medical specialties) paid above GS-15 that are not in the SES (QRB-certified), ST (Scientific or Professional), or SL (Senior Level) pay plans. The SES Leading EDGE Enterprise Leadership Labs are appropriate for such SES-equivalent positions. 

Also click here for OPM information on ST (Scientific or Professional) and SL (Senior Level) positions that are included in our definition of SES-equivalents.


We suggest wearing business attire to all FEI SES Leading EDGE programs.


For more information, call (434) 980-6278 or email SES-Leading-EDGE@opm.gov.


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