ICYMI – On the Evidence Takes on APPAM
Does paid family leave help mothers return to work after a child is born? Do taxes on soda and other sweetened beverages reduce consumption? Can the federal government use medication data reported by disability insurance applicants to identify and treat people at risk of misusing opioids? And how can policy researchers make their work more relevant and impactful?
In November, On the Evidence sat down with more than a dozen guests during the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Denver to discuss some of today’s most pressing public problems and what can be done about them.
Five video interviews recorded live from APPAM are available on Mathematica’s Facebook page:
- Scaling Nudge Interventions in Post-Secondary Education
Featured guests: Kelly Ochs Rosinger (Penn State) and Jenna Kramer (RAND Corporation)
- How the Policy Lab Model Ensures That Policy Research Matters
Featured guests: Melissa Wavelet (MDRC) and Kristin Klopfenstein (University of Denver/Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab)
- Using Nudges and Low-Cost Evaluation in City Government
Featured guests: Brendan Babb (Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska) and Emily Cardon (Behavioural Insights Team)
- Policy Research By, About, and For Indigenous Communities
Featured guests: Cheryl Ellenwood (University of Arizona) and Laura Evans (University of Washington)
- The Impacts of Paid Family Leave
Featured guest: Jeffrey Hayes (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)
In addition, On the Evidence will add new episodes recorded at the APPAM conference, including edited versions of the Facebook Live interviews, as they become available. Here’s what we have so far.
Policy Labs: Applied Research for State and Local Government with Kristin Klopfenstein, director of the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, and Melissa Wavelet, a senior fellow at MDRC and the former director of the Office of Performance and Strategic Outcomes at the Colorado Department of Human Services
Using Large-Scale Behavioral Nudges to Increase College Enrollment with Jenna Kramer, an associate policy researcher at RAND Corporation, and Kelly Ochs Rosinger, an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University
Policy Research By, About, and For Indigenous Communities with Cheryl Ellenwood, a PhD candidate in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, and Laura Evans, an associate professor at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
Embracing the Emotional Aspects of Public Policy Research with Matt Stagner, a vice president at Mathematica
The Case for Engaging Diverse Perspectives in Public Policy Research with Maria Cancian, the dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and Matt Stagner, a vice president at Mathematica
How Paid Family Leave Might Help Mothers Return to the Labor Force with Kelly Jones, an assistant professor in the department of economics at American University and a senior research economist at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Estimating Opioid Use Among Applicants for Disability Insurance with April Wu, a researcher at Mathematica