Thursday, Governor Walz announced that Minnesota has been recognized by the National Governors Association and Results for America for its use of evidence and data to improve results for Minnesotans.

Results for America, a national nonprofit focused on helping government leaders improve results by investing in what works, released the 2020 Invest in What Works State Standard of Excellence, which showcases 169 examples of data-driven and evidence-based practices, policies, programs, and systems in 35 states across the country. Minnesota was recognized as a Leading State.

“As we face a global pandemic, it has never been more important to ground our public policies in evidence and invest in proven public programs,” said Governor Walz. “We are pleased to see our commitment to data-driven policies reflected in our recognition as a leading state in Results for America’s 2020 State Standard of Excellence.”

Minnesota has become a national leader when it comes to using data to improve services, programs, and outcomes for its residents. In 2020, the state’s data-driven culture allowed the state to swiftly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota employed its data infrastructure to create a comprehensive COVID-19 data dashboard to track health and economic data. This dashboard contained information about the state’s response capacity as well as a race/ethnicity data dashboard to identify communities that are disproportionately impacted, in particular communities of color. Prior to the state’s COVID-19 response, Minnesota leveraged evidence to inform funding decisions resulting in $87 million in new or expanded evidence-based programming in the 2020–2021 budget.

For more information about how states are building data and evidence capacity, state leaders can refer to Results for America’s Blueprint for Delivering Results in State Government, which serves as an implementation guide for the State Standard of Excellence.

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