Thursday, October 13, 2016

An APPAM/MDRC Institutional Member Forum: The Future of Applying Behavioral Science to Social Policy

MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) and APPAM are hosting a forum on December 13, 2016 which will explore the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy. This event brings together distinguished experts from MDRC, academia, and the government to share their work and provide insight on next steps for research, practice, and policy.


APPAM Members Elect New Leadership to the Policy Council

APPAM has completed its member elections for the next cohort to serve on the Policy Council. In addition to the election of a practitioner and two academic representatives (one early career academic), APPAM members also elected a new President-Elect, Vice President and Treasurer of the organization’s Executive Committee. A student was appointed to serve as a member of the Policy Council and members were asked to endorse a resolution regarding open access to data and did so, in an overwhelming majority.  The text of the resolution is as follows: "We ask our colleagues in federal, state and local governments to facilitate open access to administrative data, with appropriate protections for confidentiality, but also support for linking across datasets. We ask them to ensure that researchers have timely access to the data necessary to support research that produces benefits for the government agencies and the public. Without access to timely data, research can be compromised, contributing to inferior analysis and public policies that fail to meet the public interest."

The full list of newly appointed leadership and council members is below. Policy Council members will serve through 2018. The new Vice President, Treasurer and student rep will serve two year terms; the President-Elect will serve a one year term and will automatically become APPAM President at the conclusion of the 2015 APPAM Fall Conference.  

Ron Haskins will serve at APPAM President-Elect. Ron is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution.  He just released a book about evidence-based policymaking.  Haskins is also a senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and in 2002 was the senior advisor to the president for welfare policy at the White House. Prior to joining Brookings and Casey, he spent 14 years on the staff of the House Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee, first as welfare counsel to the Republican staff, then as the subcommittee’s staff director. Haskins has also served as a lecturer at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and at Duke University, and as an editor and author of various publications. His areas of expertise include welfare reform, child care, child support, marriage, child protection, and budget and deficit issues. Haskins received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Mark Long will serve as one of APPAM’s two vice presidents; he will join David Johnson from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. Mark joined the Evans School at the University of Washington faculty in 2004. He is a professor of public affairs and adjunct professor of economics. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Economics from the University of Michigan. He also holds an MPP from the University of Michigan, and a BA from DePauw University. He is affiliated with several centers including Scholars Strategy Network, West Coast Poverty Center, Center for Education Data & Research, and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.


Robert Kaestner will serve as APPAM’s Treasurer.  Robert is a Professor in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and a Professor in the Department of Economics of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and serves as a co-editor of JPAM. His areas of expertise are health, labor and social policy. He has authored more than 100 scholarly publications and has been awarded several research grants from the National Institutes of Health.


Sherry Glied will serve as an academic representative to the Policy Council.  In 2013, Sherry was named Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989-2013, she was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management from 1998-2009. In June of 2010, Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in that capacity from July 2010 through August 2012.


Jason Fletcher will serve as an early career academic representative to the Policy Council. Jason is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs with appointments in Sociology, Applied Economics and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A specialist in health economics, economics of education and child and adolescent health policy, his research focuses on examining social network effects on adolescent education and health outcomes, combining genetics and social science research, estimating long-term consequences of childhood mental illness, and child and adolescent mental health policy. He is an affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology, Institute for Research on Poverty, and Center for Demography on Health and Aging at the University and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Group at the University of Chicago.


H. Elizabeth Peters will serve as a practitioner representative to the Policy Council. Sheis the director of Urban Institute's Center on Labor, Human Services and Population. A Cornell University Department of Policy Analysis and Management faculty member since 1994, she initiated Cornell's population program in 2007. She was an associate professor until 2001, when she became a professor. She directed the department's graduate studies from 2001 to 2004. Peters, who earned her doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago, was a national fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution (1990-91) and an assistant and associate professor in the department of economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1985-94). Her work has been widely published in journals of economics, demography, and sociology, and she is the coeditor of Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities (2009), From Welfare to Childcare: What Happens to Infants and Toddlers when Single Mothers Exchange Welfare for Work (2006), and Fatherhood: Research Interventions and Policies (2000).

John Martinez will serve as the institutional representative to the Policy Council. John joined MDRC in 1997 and is an expert in project incubation and start-up. As deputy director of Program Development, John oversees MDRC’s grants-management and funder-relations functions and plays a key role in new program development across MDRC’s five policy areas. Prior to his current role, he served as deputy director of MDRC’s Health and Barriers to Employment Policy Area, where he focused predominantly on projects targeting young people, including young people with disabilities and those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the National Youth Employment Coalition.  Before joining MDRC, John conducted research in a substance-abuse treatment center and in a community health center with patients with schizophrenia. He began his career as a food stamp eligibility worker. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.

Ayla Bonfiglio is a doctorate student at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.  Ayla’s background is in development work and she now works in the arena of migration and refugees. She is an expert in the relationship between migration and development, forced migration in Africa and the research methodologies and theories employed to study international migration and displacement. Based on extensive fieldwork, she has deep knowledge of communities who live under stress. Her current activities and research interests are focused on refugees in higher education in Africa. She is also interested in issues on refugee livelihood strategies and emergency education programming.



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