Smarter Crowdsourcing Roundtable

House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Susan Dudley will be a part of this conversation.


In support of the US House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, The GovLab is organizing an online advisory session on October 28th, 12 - 2pm EDT to inform the Committee’s process of developing recommendations on evidence-based lawmaking. The first of two online conversations, the goal of this Smarter Crowdsourcing roundtable is to discuss solutions to the challenge of sourcing high-quality, relevant, timely information to enhance lawmaking practices in the U.S. Congress. 

With support from Democracy Fund and the Burnes Family Center for Social Change, this conversation will bring together diverse experts in evidence-based practices from a range of disciplines and fields. Select Committee Chair Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Washington) will deliver a brief welcome, after which former Members Brian Baird (D-Washington) and Mickey Edwards (R-Oklahoma) will explain the root causes of the challenge of evidence-based lawmaking. 

The conversation will focus on the following questions:

  • What projects, programs or policies should Congress implement to enable more coordination between legislators and the research community? 
  • What are some examples of existing projects that facilitate two-way communication between policymakers and outside experts?
  • What are some ways that Congress can make the process of contributing evidence more accessible, efficient and effective?
  • What are some ways that universities can provide evidence to legislators in a more usable format?
  • What recommendations should the Select Committee make to improve access to evidence?