Conferences & Events


2015 Spring Conference Recap

How Policymakers Use APPAM Member Research

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management held a one-day conference on APPAM member research on Saturday, April 11 in Washington, D.C. at the University Club, 1135 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.


Thank you to our 2015 Spring Conference Sponsor:

Saturday, April 11

7:30 - 9:00 am

Opening Plenary

Bridging the Gap Between Research, Policy and Practice
Moderator: Angela Evans, University of Texas, Austin and Past APPAM President

  • Jon Baron, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy (present)/Laura and John Arnold Foundation (as of April 15th)
  • Melissa Kearney, The Hamilton Project
  • Brendan Kelly, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families
  • Jim Sullivan, The Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), University of Notre Dame
  • Don Wolfensberger, The Woodrow Wilson Center/The Bipartisan Policy Center

Read Henry Smart III's summary of the session




9:15 am - 10:15 am


Concurrent Sessions

Moving Behavioral Sciences into Policy      [Session Slides]

  • Matthew Darling, ideas42
  • Will Tucker, ideas42
  • Amanda Hahnel, Doorways to Dreams Fund
  • Óscar Calvo-González, World Bank
  • Irma Perez-Johnson, Mathematica Policy Research

Using Evidence and Evaluation in Federal Budget Decisions      [Session Slides]

  • Nicholas Hart, Office of Management and Budget
  • Maria Williams, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Emily Sharp, Senate Appropriations Committee

Research Influence on Welfare Policy

  • Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution
  • Ryan Martin, Ways and Means Human Resources Subcommittee
  • Lawrence Mead, New York University
  • Angela Rachidi, New York City Welfare Department

Read Keunwon Song's summary of the session

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Concurrent Sessions

Making Public Policy Research Useful and Used: Lessons from Health Services Research and Beyond

  • Michael Doonan, Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and Brandeis University
  • Marsha Gold, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Sherry Glied, PhD, New York University
  • Michael E. Gluck, MPP, AcademyHealth
  • Erin Holve, Academy Health
  • Erika Shugart, Erika Shugart Consulting, LLC

Read Brianna Key's summary of the session

Research Clearinghouses and Systematic Evidence Reviews

  • Joy Lesnick, Department of Education
  • Sarah Oberlander, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Celeste Richie, Department of Labor
  • Emily Schmitt, Department of Health and Human Services

Data Visualization and Translation: 21st Century Tools for Effectively Communicating, Implementing, and Sharing Research

  • Jennifer DeVallance, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Sarah Sattelmeyer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Jonathan Schwabish, The Urban Institute


A Visualization Mapping: Form and Function

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Simple Isn't Stupid: How to Maintain Rigor and Relevance in a Twitter and Sound Bite World     [Session Slides]

  • Niall Brennan, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Adam Coyne, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Barbara Devaney, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Naomi Goldstein, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families
  • Ruth Neild, Department of Education


ACF Evaluation Policy
Child and Family Development Research Annual Report
Family Strengthening Research - Annual Report
Portfolio of Research in Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency: Fiscal Year 2014

Communicating the Value of Social Science to Policymakers

  • Elizabeth Boris, The Urban Institute
  • Paul Posner, George Mason University
  • Beryl Radin, Georgetown University
  • John Tambornino, Department of Health and Human Services

Education Policy Research Partnerships: Models from Massachusetts

  • Carrie Conaway, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Jon Fullerton, Harvard University
  • Joshua Goodman, Harvard University
  • Roneeta Guha, SRI International

Read Keunwon Song's summary of the session

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch and Plenary

Making Informed Policy Decisions
Moderator: Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution and APPAM President-elect

  • Becky Shipp, Senate Finance Committee

Read Paige Pierce's summary of the session

2:15 pm- 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

When and How Do Policymakers and Practitioners Use Research? Insights from Education and Training Initiatives for Low-Income Youth and Adults

  • Ricardo Estrada, Instituto Del Progreso Latino
  • Shauna King-Simms, Kentucky Community and Technical College System
  • Josh B. McGee, The Arnold Foundation
  • David Prince, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Julie Strawn, Abt Associates




The Two-Way Street: A Conversation Among Policymakers and Researchers about Strategies for Successful Researcher-Policymaker Interaction


  • Leigh Bordley, Durham Public Schools
  • Tom Brock, National Center for Education Research
  • Jenni Owen, Duke University
  • Matt Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research

Read Paige Pierce's summary of the session

Getting Research into Policy: Pathways, Gaps, and Opportunities      [Session Slides]      [Session Slides]     

  • Sheila Fleischhacker, National Institutes of Health
  • Jennifer Otten, University of Washington
  • Miron Straf, Virginia Tech
  • Deborah Young-Hyman, National Institutes of Health

3:30 - 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Ensuring Policy Research is Credible and Unbiased: Recent Work has Uncovered a Troubling Pattern in Social Science Research                                                                                                             [Session Slides]

  • Arif Mamun, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania
  • Maureen Pirog, Indiana University
  • Sean Tanner, University of California, Berkeley




CUNY’s Practitioner-Academic Partnership Supported Policy Changes for Undocumented Immigrant College Students
Participants:                                                                                                                [Session Slides]


  • Colin Chellman, CUNY Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
  • Rachel Stephenson, City University of New York

Public and Nonprofit Sector Perspectives: Using Research to Inform Decision Making in Policy, Planning, and Evaluation

  • Sharaelle Grzesiak, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ted Horan, Social Security Administration
  • John Hutchins, MDRC
  • Jamila Kennedy,  Government Accountability Office
  • Raun Lazier, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Connie Neal, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Read Agnes Buanya's summary of the session