APPAM/Sanford School Institutional Member Forum
Bridging Research and Policy: What Universities Can and Should Do
February 17, 10:30AM - 3:00PM, Duke University
Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke’s Policy Bridge, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) hosted an Institutional Member forum on February 17, 2017 which explored how research being conducted in universities is informing policy. Discussion included the role of practitioners in making policy, researcher/policymaker partnerships, and some strategies to bridge the gap between policy and practice.
This event, held at Duke University, brought together distinguished academia, practitioners, and policymakers who will share their insights on the successful development of coordinated research and policymaking efforts.
The program agenda for the Feburary 17th event is below.
10:30AM Welcome and Plan for the Day
Ron Haskins, APPAM Past President; Senior Fellow and Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution
Fritz Mayer, Sanford APPAM Institutional Representative; Professor and Associate Dean, Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy
Michael J. Schoenfeld, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations, Duke University
10:45 - 11:45AM Session 1
Two Steps Forward? Recognizing and Addressing the Researcher-Policymaker Gap
Moderator: Anita Brown-Graham, Professor of Public Law and Government, School of Government, University of North Carolina
Senator Chad Barefoot, North Carolina General Assembly, 18th District
Rick Glazier, Executive Director of North Carolina Justice Center
The panelists discussed the gap between academic research and policymaking and possible solutions for the future alignment of the two. The moderator and audience had the opportunity to ask questions.
12:00 - 1:00PM Session 2
Two-Way Research-Policy Street Exemplified
Moderator: Jenni Owen, APPAM Policy Council Member; Policy Director, Office of the Governor, North Carolina
Drew Cummings, Chief of Staff, Office of the County Manager, Durham County, North Carolina
Manoj Mohanan, Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
The panelists shared examples of and strategies for successful bridging between research-policy/practice. The moderator and audience had the opportunity to ask questions.
1:00 - 2:00PM LUNCH
Box lunches were available for guests to take and eat throughout the Sanford Building
2:00 - 3:00PM Session 3
What’s Happening and What’s Ahead in the Evidence-Based Policy and Research-Policy Realms – and what can I do?
Moderator: Ron Haskins, APPAM Past President; Senior Fellow and Cabot Family Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution
Daniel Gitterman, Professor, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill
Kathy Stack, Vice President of Evidence-Based Innovation, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
The panelists discussed where we are with the evidence-based policy research agenda, both nationally and on the state level, and discuss what the future might hold for evidence-based research. The moderator and audience had the opportunity to ask questions.