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Brookings’ Isabel Sawhill to Receive 2014 APPAM Exemplar Award
October 7, 2014 10:00 AM
APPAM is pleased to announce that Isabel Sawhill, Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project at the Brookings Institution, is the recipient of this year’s APPAM 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 recognizes extraordinary skills in policymaking and serves as a counterpart to those awards recognizing outstanding research. The award went to former Congressman Lee Hamilton in 2013.
“I am honored to be receiving this award and hope that some of APPAM’s very talented younger scholars will take up the challenge of translating research into action,” said Sawhill. She will be giving a talk at APPAM’s Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Friday, November 7 during the Membership and Awards Lunch at noon. Sawhill will discuss taking research and moving it into the active public policy field during her presentation, From Research to Action: How to Affect the Policy Debate.
“Isabel’s contributions to the policy community are extraordinary, spanning decades,” said APPAM President Angela Evans. “Her expertise on fiscal and budgetary issues, her dedication to improving the socio-economic well-being of the most vulnerable among us, and her standing within the policymaking community certainly are noteworthy and merit recognition through this award.”
A nationally recognized social policy expert, Isabel V. Sawhill focuses on domestic poverty and federal fiscal policy, with a special interest in behavioral economics. She is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, one of the most trusted and influential think tanks in the world. She has previously served as Vice President and Director of Economic Studies at Brookings and was president of APPAM in 1988. Her research has spanned a wide array of economic and social issues, including economic growth, poverty and inequality, social mobility, the well-being of children, and changes in the family.
Sawhill is also the author of Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage (forthcoming) and co-author (with Ron Haskins) of Creating an Opportunity Society, and board president of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
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