2014 Fall Conference Caucuses


Several caucus sessions will take place during the Thursday, November 6 lunch break from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm. These informal discussions center on an emerging policy or management topic and are led by a moderator. Focusing around evolving research topics, participants are encouraged to provide feedback, questions, and discourse. (Please note that participants will need to provide their own lunch.)

Room location is in italics; all rooms are located in the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Increasing Access to Government Data to Increase Beneficial Impact of Government Action?
Santo Domingo
Moderated by Shelley Metzenbaum, Volcker Alliance

Internal Concerns vs. External Demands: The Intersection of the ACA and Race to the Top
Moderated by Andrew L. LaFave, University of Southern California

Linking College and Labor Market Datasets for Research on the Labor Market Returns to Postsecondary Education
Moderated by Di Xu, Columbia University

Modeling of Dropout Prediction Models Across States
Moderated by Lauren P. Bailes, The Ohio State University

Options to Address the Pending Exhaustion of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Trust Fund: What Does the Evidence Base Support?
San Juan
Moderated by David Stapleton, Mathematica Policy Research

Suburban Poverty
Moderated by Natasha Tursi, Rutgers University

Veteran Policy Field of Study
Moderated by Susan Sullivan and Stephanie Jones, Department of Veterans Affairs

Caucus Guidelines

Each caucus is meant to prompt informal discussions on an emerging policy or management topic and is led by a moderator. These open discussions are designed to center around evolving research topics and invite feedback, questions, and promote discourse.

Caucuses are one hour long, each session should begin with the moderator giving a brief 10-minute introduction to the general topic and suggesting some questions, theories, or related information to spur discussion. Attendees are encouraged to respond to questions and comments by the moderator. Participants should feel free to raise their own questions for the group and suggest other perspectives and angles to be considered.

Caucus moderators are to focus on a broad topic and guide the discussion of attendees. Moderators should not spend more than 10-12 minutes introducing the topic and should not present research or written work. Moderators should invite questions and differing perspectives but not allow any one perspective or person to dominate the conversation.

A caucus is not an opportunity to solicit feedback on a specific paper or study. Rather, a caucus is meant to determine interest in an emerging policy or management area, and to learn from attendees how that issue is being addressed by the community, what work is already being done, and what work would be of value in the future. Additionally, a caucus can serve as an opportunity to discuss a specific dataset and its uses and relevance, or evaluate a specific government or institutional program.

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