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This paper examines the evolving expectations of evidence building and evaluation in competitive grant funding, specifically examining the impact of the Government Performance and Results (GPRA) Modernization Act of 2010 and the Foundations of Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act) on the federal grantmaking process. The implementation of these acts, including the publication of agency learning agendas, will continue to strengthen evaluation requirements, capacity, and funding in federal Legislation. They also have changed government operations and increased the emphasis on data gathering and evidence-based programs. As federal agencies build on the precedent set by the GPRA Modernization Act and incorporate the new requirements of the Evidence Act into their operations, evidence building through grant making will likely become a more robust practice. grantmaking.

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