Fall Research Conference


2015 Caucuses

In 2015, we will offer 16 caucuses held over breakfast on Saturday, November 14th in the Exhibit Hall.  These informal discussions center on an emerging policy or management topic and are led by a moderator. Focusing around evolving research topics, participants are encouraged to provide feedback, questions, and discourse. A light breakfast will be provided for all caucus speakers and attendees.

What is a Caucus?

Each caucus is meant to prompt informal discussions on an emerging policy or management topic and is led by a moderator. These open discussions are designed to center around evolving research topics and invite feedback, questions, and promote discourse.

Caucuses are one hour long and should begin with the moderator giving a brief 10-minute introduction to the general topic and suggesting some questions, theories, or related information to spur discussion. Attendees are encouraged to respond to questions and comments by the moderator. Participants should feel free to raise their own questions for the group and suggest other perspectives and angles to be considered.

Caucus moderators are to focus on a broad topic and guide the discussion of attendees. Moderators should not spend more than 10-12 minutes introducing the topic and should not present research or written work. Moderators should invite questions and differing perspectives but not allow any one perspective or person to dominate the conversation.

2015 Caucus Sessions

Building the Evidence Base through Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds: Progress, Themes, and Challenges
Christopher Spera, Abt Associaes, Inc.

Can States and Districts Lead on Educational Equity? Diagnosing and Solving the Problem of Unequal Access to Effective Teachers and Schools
Steven Glazerman, Mathematica Policy Research

Capturing the Rhythms of Big Data for Sustainable Development
Ayesha Tahir Hashmi, University of Texas, Dallas

Developing a Veterans Policy Research Program within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Amy Gawne and Leonard Staples, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Family Stability: What is it and Should It be a Goal of Social Policy?
Jennie Romich, University of Washington

HUD Research Roadmap Continued: Future Research for Evidence-Based Housing and Community Development Policy
Marge Martin, U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

Implications of Evidence-Based Policies within an Era of Changing Population Demographics
Michael Lopez, Abt Associates, Inc.

Inside a State Legislature: When and Why We Use (and Don't Use) Evidence
Jenni Owen, Duke University

Presenting Research to the Public Using Social Media
Ginger Moored and Yesim Taylor, District of Columbia Government

Rapid Re-Housing After Family Options: Stabilizing Any Shelter Clients?
Josh Kaufman-Horner, Renewal Institute

Real, Not Rhetorical: Sustaining Research Partnerships
Beth Gamse, Abt Associates, Inc.

Reforming the Federal Disability Benefit Application Process
Megan Troy, Northwestern University

Reporting Quasi-Experimental Results: Helping Policy Makers Understand the Evidence on Medicare and Medicaid Innovations
Thomas Grannemann, Mathematica Policy Research

Rossi Awardees Discuss: What’s next for the Field of Evaluation?
Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates, Inc.

The Push for Rapid-Cycle Evaluation:  Translating Keen Enthusiasm into Effective Practice
Stephen Bell, Abt Associates, Inc.

What Methods for Wicked Policy Problems?
Heather E. Campbell, Claremont Graduate University


Questions? Please contact Tristanne Staudt at tstaudt@appam.org or 202-496-0130, ext., 27.