Nick Hart

Nick Hart
Director, Evidenced-Based Policymaking Initiative
Bipartisan Policy Center

Nick Hart is the director of BPC’s Evidence Project. Prior to joining BPC, he worked in the federal government for nearly a decade, most recently as the policy and research director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. In that capacity, he oversaw the commission’s policy and research support team and led the drafting process for “The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking,” the commission’s final report and recommendations presented to the Congress and the president in September 2017.

Hart has worked on a wide range of issues including social security, disability, anti-poverty, environmental, energy, economic development, and criminal justice policies. He worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a senior analyst and special assistant, where he contributed to writing executive branch budget proposals and encouraged increased capacity for evidence-based practices across government. He also served as OMB’s representative on the White House steering committee for President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.

Hart has spoken widely about the history of evidence-building efforts and the need for organizational capacity to generate and use evidence to inform policymaking. He is an expert in evaluation, statistical, data, science, and privacy policy.

Hart is an adjunct professor of program evaluation at George Washington University. He chairs the American Evaluation Association’s Evaluation Policy Task Force. He also serves on the boards of the Washington Statistical Society, Washington Evaluators, and the Eastern Evaluation Research Society.

Hart earned a doctorate from George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, specializing in program evaluation. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Truman State University.

Recent Events and Presentations

February 7, 2019

President Trump signed the OPEN Government Data Act (H.R. 4174) on January 14, 2019. The law is a major milestone for open data. Now that the law has been enacted, what should Congress and the administration do next to ensure the benefits of open data are fully realized?