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Drugs, Crime and Justice: Evaluating Linkages and Developing Models to End Demand


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Workforce, Income, and Food Security

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The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2015 Fall Conference focused on 14 policy areas, including education, crime and drugs, family and child policy, and social equity. The conference theme was the “Golden Age of Evidence-Based Policy,” a reference to the number of evidence-based initiatives begun by the Obama administration.

Abt Associates gave 21 panel presentations and organized two roundtable discussions and five breakfast caucus sessions at APPAM 2015. These covered a range of Abt evaluations, methodological discussions, and research.

Abt staff also gave presentations on studies of the impact of housing assistance on homeless families, the effectiveness of comprehensive career ladder job training programs, the role of qualitative research in understanding the financial lives of Americans, and an examination of the validity of the urban food desert concept, to name a few.

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When: Nov. 12-14, 2015
Where: Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida

View the full list of Abt presentations at APPAM 2015.

For more information visit the conference website.

Roundtable Discussions

Thursday, November 12
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Tequesta

Bridging the Gap Between Research, Policy, and Practice: The Implementation and Study of Massachusetts’ Educator Evaluation Framework
Speaker: Amy Checkoway

Friday, November 13
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Tuttle Prefunction

Findings and Implications from the HHS Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Moderator: Meredith Kelsey

Caucus Breakfast Session

Christopher Spera

Beth Gamse

Michael Lopez

Kathleen Flanagan

Stephen Bell
Saturday, November 14
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Riverfront South/Central

Building the Evidence Base through Pay for Success and Social Impact Bonds: Progress, Themes, and Challenges
Moderator: Christopher Spera

Real, Not Rhetorical: Sustaining Research Partnerships

Moderator: Beth Gamse

Implications of Evidence-Based Policies within an Era of Changing Population Demographics
Moderator: Michael Lopez

Rossi Awardees Discuss: What’s Next for the Field of Evaluation?
Moderator: Kathleen Flanagan

The Push for Rapid-Cycle Evaluation: Translating Keen Enthusiasm into Effective Practice
Moderator: Stephen Bell

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