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Access the APPAM/MDRC Institutional Member Forum Webcast!

December 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, The Event Space, Washington, D.C. 20001

MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) hosted a forum which will explore the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy. This event brought together distinguished experts from MDRC, academia, and the government to share their work and provide insight on next steps for research, practice, and policy.

Attendees learned how lessons from behavioral science research can shape national, state, and local policies in order to improve outcomes for low income adults and vulnerable youth. Additionally, attendees came away with knowledge of cutting-edge behavioral science research and participated in a conversation about the future of this fast-growing field.

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Program Agenda

9:00-9:15 Introduction
9:15-10:15 Panel 1: Family & Work
  • Chair: Emily Schmitt,  Administration for Children and Families
  • Presenter: NadineDechausay, MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science
  • Presenter: Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago’sBehavioral Insightsand Parenting Lab
  • Discussant: Lisa Gennetian, New York University & beELL Initiative
The presenters briefly recapped recently completed and ongoing behavioral research focused on building families and supporting work. The presenters and discussant looked to the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy in this area. The moderator and audience had the opportunity to ask questions.
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 10:45 Keynote
10:45 - 11:45 Panel 2: Youth
  • Chair: Caitlin Anzelone, MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science
  • Presenter: Ben Castleman, University of Virginia
  • Presenter: David Yeager, The University of Texas at Austin & Mindset Scholars Network
  • Discussant: Brigitte Madrian, Harvard University
This panel discussed recent and ongoing research efforts focused on low-income and vulnerable youth. The panelists offered predictions, recommendations, and cautions for the next generation of behavioral science research for this population. The moderator and audience members had the opportunity to ask questions.
11:45-12:00 Closing Remarks


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