40 Years of Evidence for Action at APPAM and in the Field
(Methods and Tools of Analysis)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
- This year marks the 40th anniversary of the APPAM Fall Research Conference, and several of the organizations represented on the panel have already, or are this year, celebrating their 50th anniversaries. How have your respective organizations changed over this time? What have been your major successes or challenges? How do they relate to the evolution of the field?
- The nature of our field and our work has changed substantially, thanks to the proliferation of big data and the blending of data science with social science. How can policy research organizations better partner with policy schools, as well as with the private sector, to use data science to make recommendations for policy and program improvement?
- Looking ahead to the next decade, what are the new questions that we will need to answer and what methodologies/approaches do we need to develop to answer them?
- Research and analysis methods look far different today than they did 40 years ago, but do our researchers? What skills do our researchers need today that they may not have needed 40 years ago? What can we do to better promote diversity and inclusion in the industry?
- The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking released its findings and recommendations just over a year ago. How can we work together to advance the cause of improving access to data, maintaining privacy and confidentiality protections, and increasing the capacity of government agencies to generate evidence?
Panelists will also answer questions from the audience – and each other – as the lively conversation highlights progress made and the opportunities ahead. Working together, united in our shared commitment to improving public well-being, APPAM and the policy research industry will continue to encourage innovation and improvement.