Saturday, November 9, 2019

#2019APPAM Saturday: A Day in the Life of an Equity & Inclusion Fellow

Alberto Jacinto is one of the APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellows, and he participated at #2019APPAM. Here Alberto talks about what that was like.

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Video: APPAM/Westat Forum - Bringing Rigor and Intentionality to Mixed Methods Evaluations

July 3, 2019 09:38 AM
hosted by:
Westat 
June 5, 2019 at The Conference Center at Heart House, American College of Cardiology, 2400 N Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
 

Mixed methods evaluation seeks to integrate a body of qualitative and quantitative evidence to form conclusions about the success, or impact, of a social policy intervention that neither piece alone—nor even the concatenation of their findings—can produce.  Despite its promise, concern persists that too often the qualitative and quantitative “mixing” occurs only after investigation ends and that mixed methods approaches lack the scientific rigor to be trusted.  This day-long forum sponsored by Westat and APPAM focused researchers on sharpening and expanding the mixed method paradigm to respond to these concerns and to enable impact evaluations to make larger contributions to policy learning.  Major themes included the roles of mixed methods evaluation in explaining/understanding impact findings from randomized control trials and in strengthening quasi-experimental analytic methods to ward off selection bias.  A view of how government agencies can benefit from the approach followed.  Closing perspectives—both skeptical and hopeful—considered where mixed methods evaluation may take us going forward.  Audience participation opportunities interlaced the day.
 
You can read the content highlights via live tweets!
 
The half-day agenda for 200 registrants was as follows:

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration & Morning Refreshments 
9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome 

Scott Royal, Westat

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9:15 am - 9:25 am
Overview of Day
 
Patty Troppe, Westat
9:25 am - 9:45 am
Mixed Methods Evaluations: Purpose, Scope, and Challenges
 
Demetra Nightingale, Urban Institute
9: 45 am - 10:45 am
Pushing the Envelope of Mixed Methods Evaluation to Learn from Prospective Impact Studies 
 
Virginia Knox, MDRC 
Debra Rog, Westat (Reaction, followed by open discussion)
 
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10:35 am - 11:00 am
Break
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Using Mixed Methods Evaluation to Support Better Non-Experimental Analysis
 
Stephen Bell, Westat

Jeffrey Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Reaction, followed by open discussion)

11:45 am - 12:30 pm
What Would Benefit Funders and Policymakers?
 
Maria Woolverton, DHHS/ACF/OPRE 
 
Marsha Silverberg, ED/IES/NCEE
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
Lunch Service/Announcement of Breakroom Assignments
 
Patty Troppe, Westat
 
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
Sharing of Examples and Real-World Challenges (breakout sessions)
 
• "Mixed Methods Evaluation for Better Understanding of RCT Results" - Michelle Derr, Mathematica Policy Research
 
• "Mixed Methods Evaluation to Better Support Non-Experimental Impact Analysis" - Douglas Walton, Abt Associates 
 
• "Policy Questions Besides Intervention Impact Worth Addressing by Mixed Methods" - Irma Perez-Johnson, American Institutes for Research 
 
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2:25 pm - 3:10 pm
Reports from Breakout Sessions
3:10 pm - 3:35 pm
Break
3:35 pm - 3:55 pm
Haven't We Been Here Before?  Convince Me
 
Larry Orr, Johns Hopkins University
3:55 pm - 4:15 pm
Potential and Predicted Progress for the Next Decade 
 
Carolyn Hill, MDRC
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Open Discussion 
 
 
Share your memories from this event on Twitter using the hashtag #APPAMWestat!
 
 

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