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Informing with Evidence: When to Disseminate during the Federal Budget Cycle

TDI Timeline

This timeline depicts the key steps in the budget and appropriations process, as well as entry points for researchers and advocates to educate policymakers.

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The federal budget process provides an important opportunity for researchers to share evidence with policymakers and inform their funding decisions. At any given point in a year, policymakers are handling budgets for three fiscal years—evaluating and reporting on last year’s budget, implementing the current year’s budget, and preparing for the coming year’s budget.