Making Impact Evaluations More Informative; Westat Co-Hosts 2020 Forum

Westat is co-hosting an Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Institutional Member Forum: Leverage Points for Stronger, More Informative Impact Evaluations of Social Programs, on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. This half-day virtual forum will focus on advances that raise the scientific and policy strength of studies seeking evidence of “what works?”—ideas of universal relevance to experimental evaluations illustrated through employment assistance studies.

Sessions will push the field forward on several fundamentals of successful experiments that are often overlooked. These include

  • Testing policies and programs that have a strong potential for social impact
  • Establishing the right policy contrast between the intervention and the counterfactual
  • Assuring site readiness and intervention fidelity when conducting randomized experiments

Speakers from across the research community will participate. Scott Royal, Ph.D., Westat’s President and CEO, will give opening remarks, and the event will be guided by Patty Troppe, Ph.D., Westat’s institutional representative to APPAM. Westat scholars will provide insights on the forum’s main topics:

Laurie May, Ph.D., Assessing an Intervention’s Potential Benefits Prior to Launch of a Full-Scale Experiment.

Stephen Bell, Ph.D., Defining and Implementing the Most Policy-Relevant Counterfactuals.

Jarnee Riley, Assuring Site Readiness and Intervention Fidelity.

For more details and to register, see the online program.

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