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APPAM Leadership Win Moynihan Prize

February 17, 2016 04:22 PM

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) named social policy experts Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill as the winners of the 2016 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize. Each year, the Moynihan Prize is given to a leading policymaker, social scientist or public intellectual whose career demonstrates the value of using social science evidence to advance the public good. Haskins is the current president -- and Sawhill a past president -- of APPAM.

Haskins and Sawhill were jointly nominated, making this the first time two awardees have been chosen to receive the prize. Their collaboration began in 2001 when they worked on the effects of welfare reform legislation with a shared goal of creating opportunity for children and families. Their collaboration led to the establishment of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution.

"It's an honor to receive the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize," said Dr. Ron Haskins. "The list of past awardees are well respected and accomplished for their research. We are happy to have our work highlighted by the AAPSS.”

Their most recent books also are concerned with the ways in which evidence can be mustered in support of sound family policy. Dr. Haskins' Show Me the Evidence is a history of the Obama Administration's attempt to improve social policy through evidence-based initiatives. Generation Unbound, by Dr. Sawhill, focuses on the explosion of births to adults in the U.S. that occur outside of marriage, the consequences of this trend and how family policy might adapt. The Moynihan Prize winners will give a public lecture on May 12, 2016, on Capitol Hill. Specific location and details will be forthcoming.

 

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