Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JPAM Featured Article: Using Preferred Applicant Random Assignment (PARA) to Reduce Randomization Bias in Randomized Trials of Discretionary Programs

As part of our ongoing effort to promote JPAM authors to the APPAM membership and the public policy world at large, we are asking JPAM authors to answer a few questions to promote their research article on the APPAM website.

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Member Spotlight: Nick Hart, Ph.D.

June 15, 2017 09:00 AM

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APPAM honors those student and professional members who are dedicated to the public policy profession and stewards of APPAM's mission. Each month, both a new student and professional member will be featured in out Member Spotlight series. Interested in being in the spotlight? Email Meghan Grenda for more information.

What policy school did you attend and what was your degree program? 

My first tour though policy school was at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), where I completed a Masters of Environmental Science and a Masters of Public Affairs. More recently, I attended George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration where I completed a PhD, with emphasis in the field of program evaluation. 
 

What is your current organization, job title, and role?

I am currently the Policy and Research Director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, where I lead the Commission's process for developing findings and recommendations that will be submitted to Congress and the President this fall. Prior to this role, I spent nearly a decade working in the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during the Bush and Obama Administrations.
 

What is your policy focus?

My primary research emphasis is on program evaluation policy in the Federal government.  I am especially intrigued by the factors that affect institutional evaluation capacity in regulatory agencies.   
 

How did you first get involved with APPAM?

My first introduction to APPAM was from Maureen Pirog at IU, who dutifully assigned JPAM reading while she was editor for her program evaluation course. Shortly after, when I moved to DC, I attended my first APPAM conference!
 

Why do you stay active in APPAM?

The real question is -- why wouldn't you stay active in APPAM?  After attending and presenting at multiple APPAM conferences, and serving previously on the Student Advisory Committee, the Doctoral Conference Advisory Committee, and the DC Regional Conference Advisory Committee, I can definitively say that I appreciate the value add APPAM offers its members. Professional organizations like APPAM that take pride in developing solid development and networking opportunities ultimately strengthen our entire professional community.
 

What APPAM tools/resources do you use most often?

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
 

Hobbies or fun fact:

I once road a bike from coast to coast without talking about a single regression model.

 

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