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Peter H. Rossi Award

About the Award

The APPAM Policy Council approved the Peter H. Rossi Award, for Contributions to the Theory or Practice of Program Evaluation, on April 8, 2005. Funding for the award comes from an endowment managed by the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc. This endowment welcomes additional donations. The University of Maryland School of Public Policy hosts a separate website for the Rossi Award,  welfareacademy.org/rossi.

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 award may be for a recent paper, publication, or for an entire body of work. The letter of nomination for 2020 (with the nominee’s current address, e-mail address, and phone number) should detail the work’s contributions to the field of evaluation and should include the paper or relevant parts of the body of work. Nominations should be e-mailed to Professor Besharov, Besharov@umd.edu by July 17, 2020.

The Rossi Award is given out every other year.

Prior Recipients of the Rossi Award

  • 2018: Mark Lipsey, Vanderbilt University
  • 2016: Rudolph Penner, Robert Reischauer, and Alice Rivlin, Congressional Budget Office
  • 2014: Larry L. Orr, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2012: Thomas D. Cook, Northwestern University
  • 2010: Howard Bloom, MDRC
  • 2009: Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2008: Judith Gueron, MDRC
  • 2007: Grover (Russ) Whitehurst, U.S. Institute of Education Sciences
  • 2006: Rob Hollister, Swarthmore College
  • 2005: Frederick Mosteller, Harvard University
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