Data Has a Better Idea

The first step in reinventing government is to establish an agile framework for testing our new ideas.

The key to effective legislation is to define problems in a way that cuts across party lines. Every American I know wants better schools, lower taxes, affordable healthcare, less burdensome regulations, cleaner air and water, and so on. We simply can’t agree on what the right solutions are.

If we want to move beyond polarizing rhetoric and political games, we need to develop a data-driven system for vetting ideas. This means designing experiments to test out each new assumption and determine which ideas can actually deliver the results we want. This is essential to the process of innovation,.

To accomplish this, we must first clearly define our problems in terms both parties can agree upon, and then come up with possible solutions from both sides of the aisle. For each proposed solution, we need to design a lean experiment that serves as a real-world test. The data will determine what steps we take next.

Our goal should be to find the smartest solutions from wherever they originate and put them into action. It’s not about ideology. It’s about what works, and only actual data can tell us that.

Steve Hoffman
Captain of Lead America Forward

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