David Yokum is an adjunct associate professor at Brown University, where he is establishing and directing a new center that will support applied public policy research with state and local governments. He is also a senior advisor to The Lab @ DC in the Executive Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and a partner at Hugo Analytics. He hosts The Podcast @ DC, conversations that explore how to apply the latest scientific findings and methods in local government.

Yokum was the founding director of The Lab @ DC and, before that, a founding member of the White House's Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and director of its scientific delivery unit housed at the General Services Administration. His work has been published in diverse outlets, including Nature Human Behavior and Health Affairs, and has received widespread media coverage in outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and NPR.

Yokum earned a law degree and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in bioethics and medical humanities from the University of South Florida.

October 18, 2018

The Best Way to Build a Culture of Evidence-Based Government

Successful efforts to bring the use of data and research into decision-making are both top-down and bottom-up.