MDRC Experts Presenting at APPAM Fall Research Conference in Washington, November 3-5


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is holding its Annual Fall Research Conference — “The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective” — in Washington, DC, November 3-5, 2016. A number of MDRC researchers are presenting papers and participating in panels and roundtables (see below).

Please visit our exhibit table #27 for the latest MDRC reports.

Thursday, November 3

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Panel: Learning about and from Variation in Program Impacts Using Multisite Trials, Columbia 12 (Washington Hilton)

  • “Bounds for Principal Causal Effects in Multisite Trials,” Lindsay C. Page (University of Pittsburgh), Avi Feller (Harvard University), Luke Miratrix (Harvard University), Marie-Andrée Somers (MDRC), Rebecca Unterman (MDRC), Jane Furey (Abt Associates), and Todd Grindal (Abt Associates)

  • “Cross-Site Impact Variation: How Much Is There?” Natalya Verbitsky-Savitz (Mathematica Policy Research), Michael Weiss (MDRC), Howard Bloom, (MDRC), Dan Cullinan (MDRC), Himani Gupta (MDRC), and Alma Vigil (Mathematica Policy Research)

  • “Using the MSMM-IV Model to Estimate Mediator Effects When the Exclusion Restriction Is Invalid,” Sean F. Reardon (Stanford University), Fatih Unlu (Abt Associates), Howard Bloom (MDRC), Pei Zhu (MDRC), and Jane Furey (Stanford University)

  • “Weighting Methods for Unpacking Between-Site Heterogeneity in Causal Mechanisms,” Guanglei Hong (University of Chicago), Edward Bein (Abt Associates), Jonah Deutsch (Mathematica Policy Research), Kristin E. Porter (MDRC), Xu Qin (University of Chicago), and Alma Vigil (Mathematica Policy Research)

  • Panel Organizer: Lindsay C. Page (University of Pittsburgh)

  • Panel Chair: Howard Bloom (MDRC)

  • Discussant: Stephen W. Raudenbush (University of Chicago)

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Panel: Uses of Predictive Modeling in Three Policy Areas, Columbia 11 (Washington Hilton)

  • “Predictive Modeling of Education Milestones,” Kristin E. Porter (MDRC)

  • “Predictive Modeling of High-Cost Usage of Housing Services,” Halil Toros (Economic Roundtable)

  • “Predictive Modeling in Health Care: A Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners,” Lindsey Leininger (Mathematica Policy Research)

  • Panel Organizer: Rekha Balu (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair:  Marguerite Burns (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

  • Discussants: Thomas DeLeire (Georgetown University) and Coady Wing (Indiana University)

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM

Roundtable: Improving Students of Color College Achievement: Lessons from Minority-Serving Institutions, Holmead East (Washington Hilton)

  • Speakers: Marybeth Gasman (University of Pennsylvania), Michelle Asha Cooper (Institute for Higher Education Policy), Antonio Henley (Johnson C. Smith University), and Jcsu Student (Johnson C. Smith University)

  • Roundtable Organizer and Moderator: Rashida L. Welbeck (MDRC)

Roundtable: Building on Past Success: Stories of Evidence-Based Policymaking to Inspire the New Administration, Oak Lawn (Washington Hilton)

  • Speakers: Andrew Feldman (Brookings Institution), Ryan Martin (U.S. House Ways and Means Committee), Michele McLaughlin (Knowledge Alliance), and Katherine Darke Schmitt (U.S. Department of Justice)

  • Moderator: Jenni Owen (Duke University)

  • Organizer: John Hutchins (MDRC)

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel: Strengthening Parent Engagement with Federal Anti-Poverty Programs: Three Experimental Studies, Fairchild East (Washington Hilton)

  • “Framing the Message: Using Behavioral Economics to Engage TANF Recipients,” Mary Farrell (MEF), Jared Smith (MDRC), Leigh Reardon (MDRC), and Emmi Obara (MEF)

  • “Increasing Attendance at Head Start: A Behavioral Approach,” Ariel Kalil and Susan E. Mayer (University of Chicago)

  • “Promoting Parents’ Social Capital to Increase Children’s Attendance in Head Start: Evidence from an Experimental Intervention,” Teresa Eckrich Sommer (Northwestern University), Terri J. Sabol (Northwestern University), P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (Northwestern University), Mario L. Small (Harvard University), Henry Wilde (Acelero Learning), Sean Brown (University of New Mexico) and Zong Huang (Northwestern University)

  • Panel Organizer: Allison Cooperman (Northwestern University)

  • Panel Chair: Richard Reeves (Brookings Institution)

  • Discussants: Crystal Hall (University of Washington) and Nisha Patel (U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty)

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Panel: New Evidence on the Effectiveness of Demand-Driven Training Programs for Low-Income Individuals, Kalorama (Washington Hilton)

  • “Two-Year Impacts of a Sectoral Training Program for Low-Income Individuals: Findings from the WorkAdvance Demonstration,”Richard Hendra, Kelsey Schaberg, Alexandra Pennington, and Gayle Hamilton (MDRC)

  • “Early Implementation and Impact Findings from Three Random Assignment Studies of Career Pathways Programs,” Howard Rolston (Abt Associates), Matthew Zeidenberg (Abt Associates), Sung-Woo Cho (Abt Associates), Mary Farrell (MEF Associates), David Fein (Abt Associates), and Karen N. Gardiner(Abt Associates)

  • “The WIA Adult and Dislocated Work Programs: 30-Month Impacts from a Nationally Representative RCT,” Kenneth Fortson, Sheena McConnell, Dana Rotz, Paul Burkander, and Peter Schochet (Mathematica Policy Research)

  • Panel Organizer: Gayle Hamilton (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: David Berman (NYC Center for Economic Opportunity)

  • Discussants: Todd Greene (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta) and Doug Cotter (Grant Associates Inc.)

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Panel: Building the Knowledge Base on the Effects of Summer Youth Employment Programs, Jay (Washington Hilton)

  • “The Effects of Youth Employment: Evidence from New York City Lotteries,” Alexander Gelber (University of California, Berkeley)

  • “An Evaluation of the Boston Youth Summer Employment Program to Reduce Inequality Across Groups,” Alicia Sasser Modestino (Northeastern University)

  • “What Makes Summer Jobs Work? Evidence from NYC,” Amy Schwartz, (New York University)

  • “Assessing the Academic and Labor Market Impacts of New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program,” Farhana Hossain (MDRC)

  • Panel Organizer and Chair: Martha Ross (Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program)

  • Discussants: Harry Holzer (Georgetown University) and David Fischer (NYC Center for Youth Employment)

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Panel: Improving Birth and Other Outcomes: Findings on Home Visiting and Other Programs, Fairchild East (Washington Hilton)

  • “Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns: Year 2 Findings from the National Program Evaluation,” Ian Hill, Sarah Benatar, Brigette Courtot, Sarah Gadsden, and Morgan Cheeks (Urban Institute)

  • “An Early Look at Families and Local Programs in MIHOPE-Strong Start,” Helen Lee (MDRC), Sarah Crowne (Johns Hopkins University), Kristen Faucetta (MDRC), and Rebecca Hughes (MDRC)

  • “The Effect of a Universal Home Visiting Program on Parenting Practices in the First Year,” Jill Cannon and M. Rebecca Kilburn (RAND Corporation)

  • “Using Research Evidence and Data Analysis in Large-Scale Collaborative Implementations: First 5 LA’s Implementation of PCIT in Los Angeles County,” Grace Bahng (Azusa Pacific University), Marcia Taborga (Seedling Consulting Group), Christine Bae (Seedling Consulting Group), and Devan Petersen (First 5 LA)

  • Panel Organizer: Anne Warren (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: Charles Michalopoulos (MDRC)

  • Discussants: Caitlin Cross-Barnet (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and Lauren Supplee (Administration for Children and Families)

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Special Event: Welfare Policy in the 21st Century: The Role of Research in Breaking New Ground to Reduce Poverty, Lincoln (Washington Hilton)

  • Speakers: Maria Cancian (University of Wisconsin – Madison), Robert Doar (American Enterprise Institute), Judith Gueron (MDRC), Lawrence Mead (New York University), and Ronald B. Mincy (Columbia University)

Friday, November 4

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel: New Findings on Subsidized Employment, Jay (Washington Hilton)

  • “Interim Results from a Subsidized Employment Program in Los Angeles,” Asaph Glosser (MEF Associates)

  • “Implementation and Impacts of Four Subsidized Employment Programs for Noncustodial Parents,” Randall Juras (Abt Associates)

  • “Subsidized Employment and Recidivism,” Cindy Redcross (MDRC)

  • Panel Organizer and Chair: Dan Bloom (MDRC)

  • Discussant: Cliff Johnson (National League of Cities)

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel: Financial Incentives, Poverty, and Behavior Change: Lessons from Recent Research (Poverty and Income Policy), Morgan (Washington Hilton)

  • “Adapting Conditional Cash Transfer Programs for the US: Lessons from Two Different Experiments,” James Riccio and Cynthia Miller (MDRC)

  • “Lone Parents and Work Incentives,” Michael Wiseman (The George Washington University) and James Riccio (MDRC)

  • “Financial Incentives and Fundraising: When Paying Undermines the Pitch,” Alixandra Barasch (New York University), Deborah Small (University of Pennsylvania), and Jonathan Berman (London Business School)

  • Panel Organizer: James Riccio (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: Sinead Keegan (NYC Center for Economic Opportunity)

  • Discussants: Claudia Maldonado (CLEAR Center for Latín America), and Andrea Phillips (Goldman Sachs)

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Roundtable: The Transition from Dependency to Adulthood: Evaluator and Program Partnerships to Build Evidence of Effective Interventions, Fairchild West (Washington Hilton)

  • Speakers: John Martinez (MDRC), Jan C. DeCoursey (MEF Associates), Sarah Hurley (Youth Villages), and Erika Van Buren (First Place for Youth)

  • Organizer: Jan C. DeCoursey (MEF Associates)

  • Moderator: Matthew Stagner (Mathematica Policy Research)

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Poster: Friday Poster Session, Columbia Ballroom (Washington Hilton)

  • “How Does Neighborhood Organizational Life Differ? New Findings from the Chicago Community Networks Survey,” Aurelia Aceves (MDRC), Mikael Karlstrom (University of Chicago), Stephen Nuñez, David Micah Greenberg, Sarah Schell, and Edith Yang (MDRC)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel: Expanding and Understanding: Evidence on Classroom Processes and Taking Early Childhood Interventions to Scale, Columbia 2 (Washington Hilton)

  • “Making Pre-K Count: Impacts from a Large-Scale RCT of a Preschool Math Curriculum,” Shira Mattera (MDRC), Pamela Morris (New York University), and Michelle Maier (MDRC)

  • “Actionable Lessons from Boston’s Scale-Out of Public Prekindergarten into Community-Based Organizations,” Monica Yudron, (University of Massachusetts, Boston), Christina Weiland, (University of Michigan) and Jason Sachs, (Boston Public Schools)

  • “Math in Preschool: A Review of the Mathematics Activities in the Most Widely Used Preschool Curricula,” Amy Claessens (University of Chicago), Dale C. Farran (Vanderbilt University), Sarah Eason (University of Chicago), Sascha Mowrey and Luke Rainey (Vanderbilt University), and Sarah Leonard (University of Chicago)

  • “Understanding Mathematics Instruction in Kindergarten: Evidence from a Large Urban District,” Mimi Engel and Sarah Kabourek (Vanderbilt University), and Robin Tepper Jacob (University of Michigan)

  • Panel Organizer: Mimi Engel (Vanderbilt University)

  • Panel Chair: Anna Markowitz (Georgetown University)

  • Discussants: Greg J. Duncan (University of California, Irvine) and Caroline Ebanks (U.S. Department of Education)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Roundtable: Leading Examples of Researcher/Practitioner Partnerships that are Advancing Evidence-Based Policy: A Lightning Round of Insights from Researchers, Georgetown West (Washington Hilton)

  • Speakers:  Robert Goerge (University of Chicago), Julia Lane (New York University), Mary Ann Bates (J-PAL North America), Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (MDRC), Adam Sacarny (Columbia University), Justine Hastings (Brown University), Dayanand Manoli (University of Texas at Austin) and Matthew Hill (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Organizer and Moderator: Andy Feldman (Brookings Institution)

Saturday, November 5

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel: Learning What Works for College Students at Public Institutions: Examining Outcomes and Demonstration Projects in New Contexts, Columbia 4 (Washington Hilton)

  • “Do Honors Programs Improve Student Outcomes?” Ted Joyce and David Jaeger (National Bureau of Economic Research), Gregory Coleman (Pace University), and Dhaval Dave (Bentley University)

  • “The Longer-Term Picture: Six-Year Outcomes of CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP),” Diana Strumbos and Zineta Kolenovic (City University of New York)

  • “Bringing CUNY ASAP to Ohio: Early Findings from an Evaluation in Three Community Colleges,” Colleen Sommo, Alyssa Ratledge, and Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (MDRC)

  • Organizer: Diana Strumbos (City University of New York)

  • Discussants: Angela Boatman (Vanderbilt University) and Colin Chellman (City University of New York)

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel: Using Behavioral Insights to Improve the Effectiveness of Government Assistance Programs, Oak Lawn (Washington Hilton)

  • “The BIAS Project: Applying Behavioral Insights to Human Services Programs,” Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Caitlin Anzelone, Nadine Dechausay, and Patrick Landers (MDRC)

  • “Applied Behavioral Science in the Federal Government: The Work of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team,” Crystal Hall (University of Washington)

  • “Reminders & Recidivism: Evidence from Tax Filing & EITC Participation Among Low-Income Nonfilers,” John Guyton (U.S. Internal Revenue Service), Dayanand Manoli (University of Texas at Austin), Brenda Schafer (U.S. Internal Revenue Service), and Michael Sebastiani (U.S. Internal Revenue Service)

  • “The Impact of Information and Assistance on Enrollment in Public Benefits Among Elderly Individuals Eligible for SNAP: A Randomized Evaluation,” Amy Finkelstein, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Matthew Notowidigdo (Northwestern University)

  • Panel Organizer: Lashawn Richburg-Hayes (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: Emily Schmitt (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

  • Discussant: Brigitte Madrian (Harvard University)

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Roundtable: Connecting Opportunity Youth to Education and Employment, Fairchild East (Washington Hilton)

  • Speakers: Harry Holzer (Georgetown University), Farhana Hossain (MDRC), and Nick Mathern (Gateway to College National Network)

  • Organizer: Jen McHenry (ICF International, Inc.)

  • Moderator: Venessa Marks (ICF International, Inc.)

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel: New Interventions and Practices to Inform Child Welfare Policy, Fairchild West (Washington Hilton)

  • “Utilizing Predictive Analytics to Improve Child Welfare Policy and Practice through Improved Targeting of Resources and Interventions for Children at Risk for Placement Instability,” Randi Walters and Dallas J. Elgin (IMPAQ International, LLC)

  • “Two-Year Impacts of a Transitional Living Program for Former Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Youth,” Melanie A. Skemer and Erin Jacobs Valentine (MDRC)

  • “Integrating Trauma Systems Therapy into a Child Welfare System,” Kristin Moore, Zakia Redd, Kelly Murphy, Karin Malm, and Martha Beltz (Child Trends)

  • “Father Placement and Well-Being Among CPS-Involved Children,” Yonah N. Drazen (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel: Methodological Advances for Understanding Equity, Holmead East (Washington Hilton)

  • “Sources of Assumptions and Inequities in Service Delivery: Using Service Recipients as a Resource to Overcome Structural Barriers,” Nicole R. Thomas (The Ohio State University)

  • “Immigrant Enclaves and Access to Formal Credit,” Sean Hubbard (University of Texas at Dallas)

  • “Methods and Techniques for Measuring and Assessing Racial Equity,” Samuel L. Myers, Fernando Burga, and Alejandra Diaz (University of Minnesota)

  • Panel Chair: John Martinez (MDRC)

  • Discussant: Jodi Sandfort (University of Minnesota)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel: Statistical Issues in Estimating Impacts, Kalorama (Washington Hilton)

  • “Semi-Nonparametric Control Function Estimation of Endogenous Switching Models,” Riju Joshi (Michigan State University)

  • “Statistical Power When Adjusting for Multiple Hypothesis Tests,” Kristin E. Porter (MDRC)

  • “Revisiting Multicollinearity: When Correlated Predictors Exhibit Nonlinear Effects or Contain Measurement Error,” Nathan Favero (American University)

  • “Inference with Correlated Clusters,” David Powell (RAND Corporation)

  • Panel Chair: Robert Olsen (Rob Olsen LLC)