Dr. Larry L. Orr, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Larry Orr to Receive Peter H. Rossi Award for Forty Years of Contributions to the Field of Evaluation
September 30, 2014 01:00 PM
APPAM is pleased to announce that Larry L. Orr of Johns Hopkins University has been selected as the 2014 winner of the Peter H. Rossi Award. Orr teaches the Program Evaluation course in the Institute for Health and Social Policy at Johns Hopkins University and works as an independent consultant on the design and analysis of evaluations of public programs. He currently serves as Evaluation Specialist on an evaluation of results-based aid in the education sector in Ethiopia, for the U.K. Department for International Development, and as co-principal investigator for a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
“Over the last 40 years, Larry Orr has made notable contributions to the field of evaluation, not just in their number, but also in conceptualization, implementation, and design and analysis,” says Douglas J. Besharov, chair of the award’s selection committee. “At the same time, he has helped other researchers understand and conduct high quality work of their own. He has done so as an academic, civil servant, research firm employee, and consultant.”
Orr has served as Project Director and Chief Economist at Abt Associates and in the U.S. government: first as a research economist at the Office of Economic Opportunity, then as Director of Income Security Policy Research, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, and finally as Director of the Office of Technical Analysis, U.S. Department of Labor. In these positions, he was responsible for the design and oversight of a number of large-scale surveys and field studies, including the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the income maintenance experiments, the Health Insurance Experiment, and the National Job Training Partnership Act Study. He conceived and managed the Health Insurance Experiment and chaired the working group that developed the conceptual design for the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).
After retiring from Abt Associates, Orr served on several Institute for Education Science (IES) projects within the U.S. Department of Education. He has authored, co-authored, or edited six books, including the graduate level text, Social Experiments: Evaluating Public Programs with Experimental Methods. Orr has also served as a member of the editorial board of Evaluation and Program Planning and on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Postsecondary Education and Training. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The award was last presented in 2012 to Thomas C. Cook from Northwestern University. Previous Rossi award winners include Howard Bloom, MDRC; Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania; and Grover (Russ) Whitehurst, Brookings Institution. Orr will receive his award and present a guest lecture on Thursday, November 6, at APPAM’s Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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 Rossi Award is presented for a recent paper, publication, or for an entire body of work that is recognized as an important contribution to the theory or practice of program evaluation. The selection committee is chaired by Douglas J. Besharov, University of Maryland, and includes two former presidents of APPAM and two past Rossi awardees, serving for staggered, three-year terms.