Exemplar Award


The Exemplar 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. This award serves to recognize extraordinary skills in policymaking and serve as a counterpart to those awards recognizing outstanding research. The 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 2016 Exemplar Award was presented to Dr. Demetra Nightingale of the U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Nightengale gave a presentation during the 2016 Fall Research Conference Membership and Awards Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 4.

Given annually at the Fall Research Conference, the Exemplar Award provides the recipient a chance to deliver a talk or other program deemed appropriate by the President-elect for the conference's programming. The recipient will receive a plaque, $2,500 cash award, and travel and lodging for attending the conference.

Nominees for this award should be those who successfully link knowledge and discovery to practical applications that can be implemented successfully for the public good. Only APPAM members may nominate an individual. Nominations must be accompanied by a written description of the significant contributions by the nominee over time and should involve high-level, complex issues. A small committee of three members from the Association's Policy Council, selected by APPAM's President, will review all nominations and make a recommendation.

Awardees possess the following characteristics:

  • Values intellectual rigor.
  • Holds own work to highest standards.
  • Works across political perspectives.
  • Demonstrates a strong moral and ethical character.
  • Fosters mutual respect.
  • Seeks innovative approaches to policy problems.
  • Sought out by peers for his/her counsel and advice.

A letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s accomplishments are required for nomination.

There will be no award presented in 2017.

Prior recipients of the Exemplar Award:

2016: Dr. Demetra Nightingale, U.S. Department of Labor
2015: Rebecca Blank, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2014: Isabel Sawhill, Brookings Institution
2013: Lee Hamilton, Indiana University

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