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Are There Hidden Costs Associated with Conducting Layoffs? The Impact of Reduction-in-Force and Layoff Notices on Teacher Effectiveness | JPAM Featured Article

The Great Recession of 2008 led to widespread layoffs in both the public and private sectors. While there is a literature of empirical work that shows the direct costs of such employment reductions, there is little work that examines the less obvious consequences associated with layoffs and the process through which layoffs occur. The authors show that the negative impacts of the layoff process on teacher productivity are driven by the process’ effects on teachers’ job commitment.

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Call for Papers for Special Issue of Evaluation Review: External Validity and Policy

August 8, 2014 09:00 AM

The growing emphasis on “evidence based policy” (EBP) is a challenge for the existing evidence base. Most evidence formally applies to a particular program, in a particular place, at a particular time. EBP uses that very specific impact evaluation evidence to inform choices about some other program, in some other place, at some other time.

A special issue of Evaluation Review seeks papers that are informative about this translation of specific evaluation results to other contexts. Topics of interest include external validity, generalizability, and replicability. Particularly of interest are contributions that have practical application to the work of evaluators, policy makers at various levels, and decision-makers tasked with determining an EBP’s appropriateness for the context of their setting and population.

The special issue seeks (i) general papers on these topics; (ii) discussions of how these topics relate to the policy challenges of EBP; and (iii) case studies of how these issues have been addressed—especially, but not exclusively, by official systematic evidence reviews.

For more information, download the full call for papers here.

 

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