40th Anniv. Policy Series Event: The Promise and Challenge of Evidence-Based Policy and Practice
July 06, 2011
Congress is in the midst of tough fiscal decisions, and is weighing proposals for deficit reduction and the FY 2012 budget that could slash funding for many programs important to people of all income levels, but especially low-income people. In these tight economic times there's an increasing focus on evidence-based policy and practice to justify public expenditures, make every dollar stretch as far as possible and maximize "returns on investments."
On July 6 from 2 - 3:30 p.m., join CLASP for a timely discussion that will explore the different types of evidence policymakers and practitioners have available to them, including theoretical research; administrative or management data; impact studies, such as randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designs; and implementation studies, and then examine which types of evidence best inform differing policy and practice choices.
In many instances, the particular evidence policymakers and practitioners need for a particular decision doesn't yet exist or is in development. What should they do then? How can they still make evidence a cornerstone of policy or practice? How do policymakers and practitioners continue to fuel innovation and build new evidence, even as they improve existing evidence in a given area? Ultimately policy and practice decisions reflect a nation's, a state's or a community's priorities. To what extent can and should evidence inform such prioritization? These questions and more will be addressed by the expert panel, with particular attention paid to low-income populations and communities.
This is the final event of CLASP's 40th anniversary policy series, Policy and Promise for Low-Income People in America.
This event will be held at CLASP (1200 18th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036 -- above The Daily Grill).
- Rutledge Hutson, director of Child Welfare Policy at CLASP
- Gordon Berlin, president of MDRC
- Lisbeth Schorr, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy and lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard University