MDRC Experts Presenting at APPAM Research Conference, November 17-19


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is holding its Annual Fall Research Conference, “Advancing Policy Research with Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives,” in Washington, DC, on November 17-19, 2022.

A number of MDRC experts are presenting papers and participating in panels and roundtables. In addition, MDRC Vice President John Martinez is the current President of APPAM and will be delivering an address, “The Power of Inclusion in Public Policy Analysis and Management: Reflections on Why it Matters and Potential Solutions,” on Thursday evening.

Please visit our exhibit booth (#211) to learn about our latest work and current career opportunities at MDRC.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel: Reducing Racial Disparities in Maternal Health and Family Wellbeing: Lessons from Non-Traditional Modes of Delivery and Under-Examined Community Perspectives

  • Organizer: Jane Leer (Duke University)
  • Panel Chair: Florencia Lopez Boo (Inter-American Development Bank)
  • Discussants: Meghan McCormick (MDRC), Teresa Eckrich Sommer (Northwestern University)

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel: Stabilizing and Supporting the Early Care and Education Workforce: Cross-Sector Perspectives

  • Organizer: Laura Bellows (University of Virginia)
  • Panel Chair: JoAnn Hsueh (MDRC)
  • Discussants: Sara Mead (Bellwether Education Partners), Erica Harbatkin (Florida State University)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel: Reconnecting Youth to Education and Employment: Incorporating Multiple Disciplines and Methods to Synthesize the Research and Enhance Innovation

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel: Exploring the How, When, Whether, and Why Early Care and Education Programs Promote Children’s Development

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Presidential Address: The Power of Inclusion in Public Policy Analysis and Management: Reflections on Why it Matters and Potential Solutions

  • Speaker: John Martinez (MDRC)

Friday, November 18, 2022

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Super Session: Navigating Minefields in Building Transformative Affordable Housing: Lessons from the Field for Policy and Practice

  • Organizer and Moderator: James Riccio (MDRC)
  • Speakers: Jacqueline Alexander (The Community Builders, Washington/Baltimore), Juan Powell (The Community Builders, Virginia), Bart Mitchell (The Community Builders, National), Shanda Brown (The Community Builders)

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel: From Safety Net to Socioeconomic Mobility: How Social Welfare Programs Disrupt Intergenerational Poverty

  • Organizer: Edith Kealey (NYC Department of Social Services)
  • Panel Chair: Theresa Anderson (Urban Institute)
  • Discussants: Richard Hendra (MDRC), Lauren Hall (University of Maryland)

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel: Supporting Successful Workforce Development for Low-Income Individuals: Factors Related to Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Sector-Focused Programs

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Panel Paper: Enrollment in Pre-K and Children’s Social-Emotional and Executive Functioning Skills: To What Extent Are Associations Sustained across Time? Meghan McCormick (MDRC)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel Paper: Examining Sustained Benefits of PreK on Academic, Social-Emotional, and Executive Functioning Skills in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Meghan McCormick (MDRC) Christina Weiland (University of Michigan), Catherine Snow (Harvard University), Mirjana Pralica (MDRC), JoAnn Hsueh (MDRC), Jason Sachs (Boston Public Schools)

Saturday, November 19, 2022

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Panel: Ethics Training and Practices in Data Science and STEM: Overview, Outlook, and Policy Implications

10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Panel: Employment and Substance Use: Policy and Program Interventions

  • Organizer: Hannah Betesh (Abt Associates, Inc.)
  • Panel Chair: Megan Millenky (MDRC)
  • Discussant: Clare DiSalvo (Administration for Children and Families)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Panel: The TANF Data Collaborative: An Innovative Approach to Increasing Data Analytics Capacity