Evidence-Building and Evaluation

The NRC is committed to using evidence and science to make evidence-based decisions.  The NRC is an evidence-based organization, with a culture of continuous learning and improvement.  The NRC’s evaluations and other evidence-building activities depend on objective technical analyses and assessments to make evidence-based decisions.  Evidence-building is used to inform agency activities and actions, such as licensing, oversight, budgeting, program improvement, rulemaking, guidance development, and policy development.

The "Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018" (Public Law 115-435) (Evidence Act) requires the development of an Evidence-Building Plan (Learning Agenda), a Capacity Assessment, an Annual Evaluation Plan, and an Open Data Plan.

Key Elements of Evidence-Building and Evaluation Required by the Evidence Act

EVIDENCE BUILDING PLAN
(LEARNING AGENDA)

 
 

CAPACITY ASSESSMENT

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ANNUAL EVALUATION PLAN

 
 

OPEN DATA PLAN

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Key Evidence Act Positions

The Evidence Act requires federal agencies to take various steps to enhance federal data and evidence-building functions.  In support of its goals, the Evidence Act requires the designation of a Chief Data Officer (CDO), the Evaluation Officer (EO), and the Statistical Official (SO). Below are the designations of these key positions at the NRC.

Designated Senior Agency Officials:

Chief Data Officer (CDO)
            NRC Position: Chief Information Officer
            David Nelson
            David.Nelson@nrc.gov

Evaluation Officer (EO)
            NRC Position: Director, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES)
            Raymond (Ray) Furstenau
            Raymond.Furstenau@nrc.gov

Statistical Official (SO)
            NRC Position: Director, Division of Risk Analysis, RES
            Mark Thaggard
            Mark.Thaggard@nrc.gov

In September 2019, the NRC established a Data Governance Board (DGB) that is comprised of senior-level staff to ensure that the NRC is setting priorities for managing data as a strategic asset in service to the agency's mission.  The DGB is chaired by the NRC's Chief Data Officer and meets on a quarterly basis or as often as necessary.  Additional information can be found in the charter established for the DGB.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, February 26, 2021