MDRC Experts Presenting at APPAM Fall Research Conference in Denver, November 7-9


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is holding its Annual Fall Research Conference — “Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence” — in Denver, November 7-9, 2019. A number of MDRC experts are presenting papers and participating in panels and roundtables (see below).

Please visit our exhibit tables #201 and #203 for the latest MDRC reports and information about job opportunities.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Panel: Managing Public Organizations in Turbulent Times, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Court 5

Roundtable: Building Transparency & Reproducibility into Federal Evaluation, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 10

  • Moderator: Rekha Balu (MDRC)

  • Speakers: Russ Burnett (U.S. General Services Administration), Sean Grant (Indiana University), Richard Hendra (MDRC), and Emily Schmitt (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Panel: Building Opportunity: Designing and Learning from the Creating Moves to Opportunity Experience, I.M Pei Tower: 2nd Floor, Tower Court B

  • “Designing a Program to Help Families Move to Opportunity Neighborhoods,” Andria Lazaga (Seattle Housing Authority) and Sarah Oppenheimer (King County Housing Authority)

  • “Offering Mobility Services for New Voucher Holders: Program Implementation Experience,” Jonathan Bigelow (MDRC)

  • “Achieving Opportunity Moves: Early Evidence of Program Effects,” Kristen D. Watkins (Opportunity Insights)

  • Panel Chair: Nandita Verma (MDRC)

  • Discussants: Todd M. Richardson (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and Doug Rice (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Panel: Helping Students Rise to the Challenge: What We Are Learning from College Access and Success Program, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 11

  • “Increasing Degree Attainment of Low-Income Community College Students: Preliminary Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial,” Kelly Hallberg, Marianne Bertrand, Kenneth Hofmeister, and Brittany Morgan (University of Chicago)

  • “Doubling Graduation Rates in a New State: Two-Year Findings from the ASAP Ohio Demonstration,” Michael Weiss, Colleen Sommo, Dan Cullinan, and Michelle Manno (MDRC)

  • “Impact of College Advising on Non-Academic Outcomes in Young Adults: Follow-Up to the 2014-2015 Bottom Line RCT,” Ann Kearns Davoren, Karen Grigorian, Christopher Wong, Shana Brown (NORC at the University of Chicago), Benjamin L. Castleman (University of Virginia), and Andrew Barr (Texas A&M University)

  • Panel Chair: Shazia Miller (NORC at the University of Chicago)

  • Discussants: Michelle Barton (Bottom Line) and Ashley Johnson (Detroit College Access Network)

Panel: Building a Pipeline to Employment: Lessons from Publicly and Privately Funded Career and Technical Education and Career Pathways Programs, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Ballroom F

  • “Youth CareerConnect: The Evolution of Implementing a Federally-Funded Career and Technical Education Program,” Christian Geckeler, Raquel Gonzalez, Lea Folsom (Social Policy Research Associates), Erin Dillon and Nan Maxwell (Mathematica)

  • “Youth CareerConnect: Engaging Employers and Workforce Agency Partners” Erin Dillon, (Mathematica)

  • “States’ Efforts to Expand Career Pathways: Findings from the New Skills for Youth Evaluation,” Sandra Staklis, Julianne Payne, and Laura Rasmussen Foster (RTI International, Inc.)

  • “Research Partnerships with CTE Intermediaries: Laying the Groundwork for Program Improvement and Evaluation,” Rachel Rosen, Frieda Molina, Sonia Drohojowska, William Corrin, Ivonne Garcia, and Hannah Dalporto (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: Nan Maxwell (Mathematica)

  • Discussant: Jennifer Kemp (U.S. Department of Labor

Roundtable: Employment Programs for Parents Unable to Pay Child Support: What We’ve Learned and Where Do We Go Next? Plaza Building: Lobby Level, Director’s Row H

  • Moderator: Nicole Constance (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

  • Speakers: Dan Bloom (MDRC), Robert Doar (American Enterprise Institute), and Robert Prevost (Arapahoe County Department of Human Services)

Roundtable: What Do You Mean by Evidence-Based? Diverse Perspectives from the Trenches, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 15  

  • Moderator: Jenni Owen (Office of Governor Roy Cooper)

  • Speakers: Melissa Wavelet (MDRC), Lisa Hill (Invest in Kids), Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting), and David Anderson (Arnold Ventures)

1:45 PM-3:15 PM

Roundtable: Designed for Impact: How the Policy Lab Model Ensures Research That Matters, I.M Pei Tower: Terrace Level, Beverly

  • Moderator: Melissa Wavelet (MDRC)

  • Speakers: Kristin Klopfenstein (University of Denver), Ekim Muyan (Rice University), Andrea Plevek (University of Michigan), and Julia Quinn (University of Chicago)

Panel: Assessing the Effects of Alternative Rent Policies for Housing Subsidy Recipients on Work and Other Outcomes, I.M Pei Tower: 2nd Floor, Tower Court B

  • “Failing the Least Advantaged: An Unintended Consequence of Local Implementation of Housing Choice Voucher Program.” Huiyun Kim (University of Minnesota)

  • “Reducing Work Disincentives for Housing Voucher Recipients,” James A. Riccio, Nandita Verma, and Victoria Deitch (MDRC)

  • “Testing the Effects on Work of Reducing Voucher Holders’ Housing Subsidies,” Nina Castells (MDRC)

  • “Subsidizing Low-Income Families’ Housing Costs Using Tiered Rents and Stepped Rents: Policy Design and Evaluation Plans,” Paul Joice (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)

  • Panel Chair: Michael Wiseman (George Washington University)

  • Discussants: Katherine O’Regan (New York University) and Robert Collinson (University of Notre Dame)

3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Panel: Long-Term Effectiveness of Sector Strategies and Career Pathways Programs: Lessons for the Field and Strategies for Scaling, Plaza Building: Lobby Level, Director’s Row H

  • “New Findings from the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Impacts Study: Impacts Three Years after Random Assignment,” Laura Peck (Abt Associates, Inc.)

  • “Costs, Benefits, and Five-Year Impacts from the WorkAdvance Evaluation,” Kelsey Schaberg (MDRC) and David H. Greenberg (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

  • “Advancing the Sectoral Workforce Approach through Programs, Research, and Data: Lessons from New York City,” David S. Berman (New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity)

  • “Three-Year Impact Findings from Pathways to Healthcare, a PACE Career Pathways Program,” Larry Buron and Karen N. Gardiner (Abt Associates, Inc.)

  • Panel Chair: Richard Hendra (MDRC)

  • Discussants: Karin Martinson (Abt Associates, Inc.) and Nicole Constance (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Friday, November 8, 2019

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Panel: Innovative Approaches to Collaborating Around Workforce Data to Improve Job Programs, Plaza Building: Lobby Level, Director’s Row H

  • “Establishing a Unified Data System and Common Metrics for New York City’s Workforce Development Programs,” Tayyab Walker (New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity)

  • “Using Predictive Modeling to Support Reentry Employment Programs: A Research/Practitioner Partnership,” Kristin E. Porter and Megan Millenky (MDRC)

  • “Creating a Data and Information Sharing Collaboration between the City of Detroit and Workforce Development Practitioners,” Jeannine LaPrad (Corporation for a Skilled Workforce)

  • Discussant: David S. Berman (New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity)

Panel: Social Psychological Insights for Education Policy: Impact of Learning Mindsets on High School Students’ Motivation, Behavior, and Academic Outcomes - Evidence from Three Randomized Control Trials, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 12

  • “Towards Understanding the Growth Mindset Mechanisms in Higher Education,” Soobin Kim, John Yun. and Barbara Schneider (Michigan State University)

  • “It’s Normal for AP to Be a Challenge”: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Social-Belonging Intervention for First-Time Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Students,” Eric Gaudiello and Shannon Brady (Wake Forest University), Holly Karakos, Adam Kay, and Alejandro Torres (Equal Opportunity Schools)

  • “Effect of a Growth Mindset Intervention on Standardized Tests, GPA, and Challenge-Seeking Behavior: Gender Differences from an RCT in Chile,” Susana Claro, Camila Serra, Magdalena Ramdohr, Eddie Escobar (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), David Yeager (University of Texas, Austin), and Ryan Bell (University of Texas)

  • “Using Multi-Site Multiple Mediator Instrumental Variables to Explore Mediator Effects of Growth Mindset Intervention in the National Study of Learning Mindsets (NSLM),” Maithreyi Gopalan (Pennsylvania State University) and David Yeager (University of Texas, Austin)

  • Panel Chair: Rekha Balu (MDRC)

  • Discussant: Shanette Porter (Mindset Scholars Network)

1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Panel: What Are Effective Components of Training Programs for Disconnected Youth and How Can They be Improved: Evidence from RCTs of Job Corps, YouthBuild, and National Guard Youth Challenge, Plaza Building: Lobby Level, Director’s Row H

  • “Does Job Corps Improve Labor Market Outcomes 20 Years Later? Findings from a Nationally Representative Experiment,” Peter Z. Schochet (Mathematica)

  • “What Are Options for Enhancing the Job Corps Program to be More Effective?” Jillian Berk (Mathematica)

  • “Lessons and Continued Work on National Guard Youth Challenge and YouthBuild,” Megan Millenky (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: Jessica Lohmann (U.S. Department of Labor)

  • Discussant: John Martinez (MDRC)

Panel: How Machine Learning Can or Cannot Improve Policy Studies, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 15

  • “Within-Population Occupational Segregation by Ethnicity during the Age of Mass Migration: A Machine Learning Approach,” Yuxin Zhang (University of Texas-Austin) and Dafeng Xu (University of Washington)

  • “Combining Family History and Machine Learning to Link Historical Records,” Joseph Price, Isaac Riley, Jacob Van Leeuwen (Brigham Young University) and Kasey Buckles (University of Notre Dame)

  • “Comparing Manual Qualitative Coding to Natural Language Processing: A Case Study of Financial Decision-Making,” Anna Jefferson, Siobhan Mills, Xi Xi, and Meaghan Hunt (Abt Associates, Inc.)

  • Panel Chair: Johannes Himmelreich (Syracuse University)

  • Discussant: Richard Hendra (MDRC)

3:15 PM-4:45 PM

Panel: The Paths They Take: Transitions to Careers Among Low-Income Young Adults, Plaza Building: Lobby Level, Director’s Row H

  • “Pathways from High School to the Labor Market: What We Know and What Might Help,” Harry Holzer (Georgetown University)

  • “Career Pathways and Postsecondary Transitions in Washington State High Schools,” Dan Goldhaber (University of Washington), Harry Holzer (Georgetown University), Zeyu Xu and James Cowan (American Institutes for Research)

  • “Promoting Successful Career Transitions for Low-Income Young Adults: Findings for Three Programs,” David Fein (Abt Associates, Inc.)

  • “Can Subsidized Employment Programs Help Disconnected Youth Advance in the Labor Market? Findings from the Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration,” Danielle Cummings (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: Rebecca Maynard (University of Pennsylvania)

  • Discussant: Irma Perez-Johnson (American Institutes for Research)

Roundtable: Effective Routes to Self-Sufficiency for Disconnected Youth Need More Roundabouts, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Court 8

  • Moderator: Matthew Stagner (Mathematica)

  • Speakers: Erika Van Buren (First Place for Youth), Jan DeCoursey (Child Trends), Ahmed Whitt (Center for Employment Opportunities), and Richard Hendra (MDRC)

Panel: Evidence from College and Community Supports Designed to Increase Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 10

  • “Easing the Transition: Effects from a Longitudinal Evaluation of College Coaching,” Tamara Linkow, Erin Bumgarner, Austin Nichols, Kelly Lack (Abt Associates, Inc.) and Beth Gamse (Gamse Partnership)

  • “Early Evidence on the Impact of the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship Program on College Enrollment and Persistence,” Carycruz Bueno, Jonathan Smith (Georgia State University) and Lindsay C. Page (University of Pittsburgh)

  • “Studying the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) at Three Institutions,” Alexander K. Mayer, Melissa Boynton, Benjamin Cohen (MDRC), Hoori Kalamkarian and Lauren Pellegrino (Community College Research Center)

  • Panel Chair: Beth Gamse (Gamse Partnership)

  • Discussant: Antoniya Owens (The Boston Foundation)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Panel: Implementation of Policy and Management, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Court 6

  • “Policy Implementation: When Should Organizations Empower Employees?” Yifan Chen (Arizona State University)

  • “Understanding the Organizational Factors Impacting the Take-Up of New Ideas,” Jodi Sandfort, Henriet Hendricks, and Trupti Sarode (University of Minnesota)

  • “Implementation of Evidence-Based Programs and Continuous Improvement Initiatives: Views through an Accountability Lens,” Carolyn Hill (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: Stuart Bretschneider (Syracuse University)

  • Discussant: Stephanie Moulton (The Ohio State University)

Panel: School’s Not Out for Summer: Evaluating Summer Course Taking as a Means to Timely Graduation, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 16

  • “Making Summer Pay Off: Using Behavioral Science to Encourage Postsecondary Summer Enrollment,” Michael Weiss, Camielle Headlam, Caitlin Anzelone, and Kayla Reiman (MDRC)

  • “The Effects of Free Classes over the Summer: A Fee Incentive Program Aimed to Increase Enrollment in Summer Courses,” Di Xu, Sabrina M. Solanki (University of California, Irvine) and Rachel Baker (Stanford University)

  • “The Impact of Summer School on Community College Student Success,” Andy Brownback (University of Arkansas) and Sally Sadoff (University of California, San Diego)

  • Panel Chair: Xuehan Zhou (University of California, Irvine)

  • Discussant: Yuen Ting (Vivian) Liu (Columbia University)

Panel: Identifying and Testing Factors That Support Postsecondary Persistence and Completion, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 10

  • “The Effects of Performance-Based Funding Equity Provisions on Reducing Disparities in College Persistence and Completion,” Monnica Chan, Preeya Mbekeani (Harvard University) and Zachary Mabel (College Board)

  • “Plagued by Selection: The Value of Using Post-Schooling Earnings Outcomes in the College Scorecard to Guide College Decisions,” Michael Drew Hurwitz, CJ Libassi, and Zachary Mabel (College Board)

  • “Implementation Lessons and Early Impacts from Two Multiple Measures Assessment Studies,” Dan Cullinan (MDRC) and Elisabeth Barnett (Community College Research Center)

  • “Policy or Pedagogy? Evaluating the Interaction between Instructor Incentives and Teaching Practices on Student Outcomes,” Gabe Avakian Orona (University of California, Irvine)

  • Panel Chair: Kelly Hallberg (University of Chicago)

10:15 AM-11:45 AM

Panel: The Integration of Supportive Housing and Health Services: Building Evidence for Improved Housing Stability and Health Among Frequent Users of Shelter, Hospital, and Criminal Justice Systems, I.M Pei Tower: Majestic Level, Majestic Ballroom

  • “The Emerging Crisis of Aged Homelessness in New York City: Could Housing Solutions Be Funded by Avoidance of Excess Shelter, Hospital, and Nursing Home Costs?” Dennis Culhane, Dan Treglia (University of Pennsylvania), Kelly Doran (New York University), Randall Kuhn (University of California, Los Angeles), Eileen Johns, Maryanne Schretzman (New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services), Stephen Metraux (University of Delaware), and Thomas Byrne (Boston University)

  • “Health and Health Care While Experiencing a Cycle of Homelessness and Incarceration,” Sarah Gillespie and Devlin Hanson (Urban Institute)

  • “Evolving Housing First + Health Care Coordination with Shared Medical Appointments,” Jamie Taylor (LeSar Development Consultants), Cheryl Ho (Valley Homeless Healthcare Program), Ed Stellon (Heartland Alliance Health), Kate Marple-Cantrell (The Cloudburst Group), and Lara Weinstein (Pathways to Housing Philadelphia)

  • “Designing the HomePath Study: Lessons from Piloting an Enhanced Housing First Treatment Model for Homeless Individuals with Substance Use Disorder,” Edith Yang (MDRC)

  • Panel Chair: Kate Marple-Cantrell (The Cloudburst Group)

  • Discussant: Ed Stellon (Heartland Alliance Health)

1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Super Session: Diverse Perspectives on Employment Models: What Works for Whom? Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Ballroom A & B

  • Moderator: Hilary Bruck (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

  • Speakers: Dan Bloom (MDRC), Laura Peck (Abt Associates, Inc.), Gary Bond (Westat), and Robert Lerman (Urban Institute)

3:15 PM-4:45 PM

Panel: Supporting College Enrollment and Early Success of Underrepresented Students: Investigating Individual and Institutional Approaches across State Contexts, Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Governor’s Square 10

  • “College Pathways and Outcomes Among Detroit High School Graduates: A Landscape Study,” Stacey L. Brockman, Robin Jacob, and Jasmina Camo-Biogradlija (University of Michigan)

  • “A Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Efficacy of the Detroit Promise Path, a College Promise Program with Success Supports,” Alyssa Ratledge, Dan Cullinan, Rebekah O’Donoghue (MDRC) and Jasmina Camo-Biogradlija (University of Michigan)

  • “A System in Crisis: Early Impacts of the State Budget Impasse on Low-Income Enrollment at Illinois Public Four-Year Institutions,” Awilda Rodriguez and K.C. Deane (University of Michigan)

  • “Do Learning Communities Work in STEM Education? Evaluating the Impact of the Enhanced Academic Student Experience (EASE) Initiative on Student Success” Sabrina M. Solanki (University of California, Irvine)

  • Panel Chair: Jenna W. Kramer (Vanderbilt University)

  • Discussants: Ashley Johnson (Detroit College Access Network) and Kevin Stange (University of Michigan)

Student Resources: Confronting Structural Racism in Quantitative Research, I.M Pei Tower: Terrace Level, Biltmore

  • Moderators: Lam Pham (Vanderbilt University) and Rachel M. Perera (Pardee RAND Graduate School)

  • Speakers: Steven Brown (Urban Institute), John Martinez (MDRC), Felipe Goncalves (University of California, Los Angeles), and Sarah Jane Brubaker (Virginia Commonwealth University)