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Dr. Demetra Nightingale

APPAM Announces 2016 Exemplar Award Winner

September 12, 2016 08:43 AM

Award serves to recognize extraordinary skills in policymaking

WASHINGTON, DC (September 12,2016)—The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Exemplar Award Winner is Dr. Demetra Nightingale of the U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Nightingale will give a featured presentation during the 2016 Fall Research Conference on Friday, November 4.

Demetra Smith Nightingale, PhD, is the Chief Evaluation Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor. In this position, she is responsible for coordinating the Department's evaluation agenda and working with all agencies to design and implement evaluations. She is currently a Professorial Lecturer at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University, teaching Program Evaluation. She also serves as a Senior Research Affiliate with the Poverty Center at the University of Michigan and a senior research consultant with the World Bank.

Dr. Nightingale has previously served as a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute and on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University's public policy graduate program. Additionally, she was an expert advisor to the White House Welfare Reform Working Group in 1992-93. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Public Policy, both from the George Washington University.

“Demetra Nightingale is the perfect recipient of the Exemplar Award because she exemplifies the Award's emphasis on using research and analysis to craft innovative solutions to policy problems. Just in the last decade, she has been a leader in nine major evaluations of innovative programs,” stated Ron Haskins, APPAM President. “As the Chief Evaluation Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor, she has initiated over 50 programs and formal evaluations that are being conducted by most of DOL's 15 operating agencies. No one has done more to promote evaluation as the foundation of evidence-based policy than Demetra.”

The Exemplar Award was created by APPAM's Policy Council in 2013 to draw attention to the important role individuals play in connecting research and policy in the policymaking process. The award recognizes the work of an individual who has made major contributions to public policy by valuing the knowledge resident in academia and using research and analysis to craft innovative solutions to policy problems. Additionally, this award serves to recognize extraordinary skills in policymaking and serve as a counterpart to those awards recognizing outstanding research. Given annually at APPAM’s Fall Research Conference, the Exemplar Award recipient will receive a plaque, $2,500 cash award, and travel and lodging for attending the conference.

Upon being named the 2016 Exemplar recipient, Dr. Nightingale said, “It is a great honor to receive this award from APPAM. It is really a recognition of the hard work being done by many evaluators, researchers, government officials, and academics to improve how we talk about our research to make it useful to policy makers and program administrators.”

Prior recipients of the Exemplar Award include Rebecca Blank, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Isabel Sawhill, Brookings Institution; and Lee Hamilton, Indiana University.

For further information about the 2016 Fall Research Conference, please visit


Since its formation in 1979, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has been dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.APPAM membership is comprised of academic institutions, practitioners, and students devoted to public policy education, development, and collaboration. 


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