Gary VanLandingham


Professor and national leader in evidence-based policymaking whose work and research enables state and local governments to harness the power of rigorous evidence to improve public outcomes, Dr. Gary VanLandingham has over 30 years of successful leadership experience in a variety of public and nonprofit organizations and is a recognized expert in knowledge transfer, public policy, evidence-based governance, and program evaluation.


  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, Florida State University, 2006
  • MPA in Public Administration, Florida State University, 1980
  • 1979 BA with High Honors in Political Science, University of Florida, 1979

Courses Taught

  • PAD 5035: Policy Development and Administration
  • PAD 5057: :Managing the Performance of Public Agencies
  • PAD 5121: Managing Florida’s Government & Key Policy Issues
  • PAD 5907Public Policy Analysis
  • PAD 6900: Pre-Capstone Project

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, 2023
  • Specialized Faculty Teaching Award, FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, 2020
  • Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, National Legislative Program Evaluation Society, 2018
  • Harry Hatry Distinguished Performance Management Practice Award, American Society for Public Administration Center for Accountability and Performance, 2016 Leadership Achievement Award, American Society for Public Administration North Florida Chapter (2008).
  • Raul P De Guzman Award for Outstanding Doctoral Seminar Paper, Reuben O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University (2006).
  • Legislative Staff Achievement Award, National Conference of State Legislatures (1999).
  • Outstanding Two-Year Scholar, University of Florida (1979).

Professional Experience

  • Staff Director, Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, 1987-1996
  • Deputy Director, Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, 1996-2003
  • Director, Florida Legislature Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, 2003-2010
  • Director, Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, Pew Charitable Trusts, 2011-2016

Selected Publications

  • VanLandingham, G. R. (2020). Evaluation in the age of evidence-based policymaking — successes, challenges, and paths forward. Australian Journal of Evaluation, 18(3), 141-164. doi:
  • VanLandingham, G. R. (2020). Evidence-informed governance – towards a more holistic approach to performance reform. International Journal of Policy Studies, 11(1), 47-62.
  • VanLandingham, G. R., & Silloway, T. (2016). Bridging the Gap Between Evidence and Policymakers: A Case Study of the Pew MacArthur Results First Initiative. Public Administration Review, 76(4), 542-556.

Gary VanLandingham

Reubin O'D. Askew Senior Practitioner in Residence

Areas of Interest: Evidence-based Policymaking, Performance Management, Public Policy, Program Evaluation

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Curriculum Vitae