Peter H. Rossi Award

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The APPAM Policy Council approved the Peter H. Rossi Award, for Contributions to the Theory or Practice of Program Evaluation, on April 8, 2005. Funding for the award comes from an endowment managed by the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. This endowment welcomes additional donations. The University of Maryland School of Public Policy hosts a separate website for the Rossi Award, welfareacademy.org/rossi.

The Rossi award honors the lifetime achievements of Peter Rossi (1921–2006) by recognizing important contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation. The award may be for a recent paper, publication, or for an entire body of work.

The Rossi Award is given out every other year. The award was presented in 2016 to Rudolph Penner, Ph.D., Robert Reischauer, Ph.D., and Alice Rivlin, Ph.D. at the 2016 Fall Research Conference. Read more about the winners. The 2016 winners received a plaque, recognition at the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference, reimbursement for travel expenses to the meeting, and a cash award in the amount of $2,000.

Nominations for the 2018 award are now closed.

Any recent paper, publication or entire body of work will be considered. The selection committee may, from time to time, decide to establish time limits for what may be considered. When appropriate, joint awards will be made for co-authored works or joint products. The paper, publication, or body of work may involve any aspect of planning, conducting, or analyzing evaluations of social programs and may be directed to lay or professional audiences. The work should reflect the importance of precision and objectivity in setting the evaluation framework, design, execution, and reporting, as well as the value of evidence-based presentation or translation for varied audiences. Illustrative examples include works on the state of evaluation or knowledge in a particular substantive field, new approaches to program evaluation, and program evaluation and its role in the political decision-making process.

The selection committee is chaired by Douglas J. Besharov, University of Maryland, and includes two former presidents of APPAM and two past Rossi awardees, to serve for staggered, three-year terms.

Nominations may be made by any individual or organization. (Individuals may nominate their own work.) The letter of nomination (with the nominee’s current address, e-mail address, and phone number) should detail the work’s contributions to the field of evaluation and should include the paper or relevant parts of the body of work. Nominations should be e-mailed to Professor Besharov, Besharov@umd.edu.

Prior Recipients of the Rossi Award

  • 2016: Rudolph Penner, Robert Reischauer, and Alice Rivlin, Congressional Budget Office
  • 2014: Larry L. Orr, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2012: Thomas D. Cook, Northwestern University
  • 2010: Howard Bloom, MDRC
  • 2009: Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2008: Judith Gueron, MDRC
  • 2007: Grover (Russ) Whitehurst, U.S. Institute of Education Sciences
  • 2006: Rob Hollister, Swarthmore College
  • 2005: Frederick Mosteller, Harvard University
 
 
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