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Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 2020 Fall Research Conference


Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – Friday, November 13, 2020 EST

Abt staff are looking forward to the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 2020 Fall Research Conference, which will take place virtually. This year’s theme, Research Across the Policy Lifecycle: Formulation, Implementation, Evaluation and Back Again, will explore the challenges of program and policy implementation in real-world contexts, and what it takes to be successful.

Our experts will speak on nearly 30 panels, roundtables, and posters, sharing the latest in social science research.

Abt staff are proud to participate as members of the APPAM Leadership and Conference Committee:

APPAM Secretary
Laura Peck, Abt Associates

Institutional Member Representative
Beth Boulay, Abt Associates

Co-chair of the Employment and Training Policy Area
Hannah Betesh, Abt Associates


PRESENTATIONS (click to expand):

Wednesday, November 11, Noon - 3pm

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* Names in bold indicate presenter

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | Room 11

Panel - Implementation, Evaluation, and Formulation of Career Pathways Programs
(Employment and Training Programs)
Organizer, Daniel Litwok, Abt Associates

Presentation:  Patterns of Training in a National Career Pathways Program
Authors: Jacob Alex Klerman, Daniel Litwok, Tori Morris, Abt Associates

Presentation: Examining Career Pathways, Trajectories, and Occupational Transitions in the Real-World Labor Market
Authors: Andrew Clarkwest, Austin Nichols, Tresa Kappil, Julie Strawn, Deena Schwartz, Abt Associates


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | Room 15

Panel - Improving the Homeownership Investment for Vulnerable Populations: The Role of Policy (Housing, Community Development, and Urban Policy)
Organizer: Shawn Moulton, Abt Associates

Presentation: The Short-Term Impacts from First-Time Homebuyer Education and Counseling Demonstration
Authors: Laura Peck, Shawn Moulton, Debbie Gruenstein Bocian, Donna DeMarco, Nichole Fiore, Abt Associates


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | Room 18

Roundtable: Tiered Evidence Programs in Action: What Have We Learned and Where Should We Go? (Methods and Tools of Analysis)
Abt Speaker: Beth Boulay


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Room 11

Panel - Improving the Trajectory of Young Adults with Barriers to Employment
(Employment and Training Programs)

Presentation: Assessing the Implementation Fidelity and Impact of Roca’s CBT Curriculum on Program Engagement, Employment Attainment, and Recidivism for High Risk Young Men
Authors: Walter Campbell, Holly Swan, Yvonne Christy, Claudia Masters, Elyse Yarmosky, Abt Associates


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Room 8

Panel - Institutional and Policy Strategies for Postsecondary Student Success (Education)

Presentation: From Start to Finish: Effects from a Longitudinal Evaluation of College Coaching
Authors: Tamara Linkow, Erin Bumgarner, Kelly Lack, Tori Morris, Austin Nichols, Abt Associates


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Room 33

Poster: The Pra Neighborhood Housing Option for Very Low Income People with Disabilities: Perspectives on Tenancy Supports from Private Landlords, Service Providers, and Property Residents
Authors: Katharine Witgert, Melissa Vandawalker, Abt Associates

Thursday, November 12, 11am - 2pm

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* Names in bold indicate presenter

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET | Room 11

Panel - Syntheses of Evidence on Job Training Strategies’ Effectiveness (Employment and Training Programs)
Organizer: Randall Juras, Abt Associates

Presentation: Lessons from the PACE and HPOG 1.0 Evaluations: Synthesis of Three-Year Impact Findings
Authors: Randall Juras, Larry Buron, Abt Associates

Presentation: Enhancing Evidence-Based Program Design: Preliminary Evidence from a Meta-Analysis of 45 Career Pathways Programs
Authors: Laura Peck, Christopher C. Weiss, Randall Juras, Siobhan Mills, Tori Morris, Nathan Greenstein, Deena Schwartz, Abt Associates


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET | Room 12

Panel - Advancing the Use of “Core Components” Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice in Youth Programs (Family and Child Policy)
Organizer: Christopher Weiss, Abt Associates

Presentation: Core Components of Effective Prevention Programs for at-Risk Youth
Sandra Wilson, Abt Associates


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET | Room 30

Panel - Does Health Care Consolidation Matter? Assessing the Effects and Examining Emerging Models (Health)

Presentation: The Effect of the Shared Savings Program on Medicare Part D Drug Spending: Evidence from the ACO Investment Model
Authors: Chao Zhou, Matthew Trombley, Betty Fout, Lauren M. Scarpati, Abt Associates


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | Room 18

Panel - Text-As-Data in Education Policy Research: Learning More from What We Already Have (Methods and Tools of Analysis)

Presentation: Using New Research Methods to Identify Implementation Lessons: Machine Learning in Career Pathways Research
Authors: Siobhan Mills, Nathan Greenstein, Deena Schwartz, Abt Associates


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | Room 11

Panel - Current Research in Career Education and Training (Employment and Training Programs)
Organizer: Sarah Prenovitz, Abt Associates

Presentation: Short-Term Impacts of a Recent Round of Federal Grants to Support Local Healthcare Training Programs
Authors: Jacob Alex Klerman, David Judkins and Sarah Prenovitz, Abt Associates

Presentation: Job Training Is Not Pixie Dust
Authors: Jacob Alex Klerman, Daniel Litwok, Abt Associates


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | Room 12

Roundtable: The Potential of Employment Services to Improve the Well-Being of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders (Employment and Training Programs)
Abt Speaker: Karin Martinson


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Room 2

Panel - Regression Discontinuity Designs for Evaluating Policy Impacts: Visual Inference, Machine Learning, RCTs, and Cross-Site Variation (Methods and Tools of Analysis)
Discussant: Laura Peck, Abt Associates


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Room 11

Panel - Integration and Coordination of the Workforce Development System: Policies and Practices from Three Workforce Programs (Employment and Training Programs)
Organizer: Zachary Epstein, Abt Associates

Presentation: Advancing Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Program Evidence: Implementation Study Findings
Authors: Zachary Epstein, Andrew Clarkwest, Abt Associates; John Trutko, Alex Trutko, Capital Research Corporation; Demetra Nightingale, Urban Institute

Presentation: SNAP Employment and Training: Opportunities for Alignment with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Authors: David Kaz, Seattle Jobs Initiative; Julie Strawn, Abt Associates


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Room 18

Panel - Analyses of COVID-19 Impacts: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities
(Methods and Tools of Analysis)
Discussant: Daniel Litwok, Abt Associates

Thursday, November 12, 2pm - 3pm

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2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Room 29

Panel - Provider Financing: Challenges and New Approaches (Health)

Presentation: Attribution to Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Observations from the ACO Investment Model
Authors: Lauren M Scarpati, Matthew Trombley, Betty Fout, Abt Associates


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Room 11

Panel - To Improve and to Prove: Building Evidence across Generations of a Promising Youth Development Program (Employment and Training Programs)
Organizer: David Fein, Abt Associates

Presentation: Still Bridging the Opportunity Divide for Low-Income Youth: Longer-Term Impact Findings for Year up
Author: David Fein, Abt Associates


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Room 15

Panel - Evaluating the Implementation of Systems Changes to Advance Policy for Homeless Youth: Baseline Findings from HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program
(Housing, Community Development, and Urban Policy)
Discussant: Brooke Spellman, Abt Associates


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Room 13

Panel - Family and Medical Leave Policy: New Survey Findings on Variation By Income and Gender and the Impact of Paid Leave Laws (Family and Child Policy)
Organizer: Radha Roy, Abt Associates

Presentation: How Does Family and Medical Leave Use and Need Vary By Gender and Low-Wage Status?: Findings from the 2018 Family and Medical Leave Surveys
Authors: Scott Brown, Jane Herr, Radha Roy, Jacob Alex Klerman, Abt Associates

Friday, November 13, Noon - 3pm

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* Names in bold indicate presenter

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | Room 12

Panel - Recent Findings on Interventions and Policies Affecting Labor Market Outcomes
(Employment and Training Programs)

Presentation: The Implementation and Impact of a Goal-Oriented Coaching Approach for TANF Recipients in Michigan
Authors: Karen N. Gardiner, Eleanor L. Harvill and Karin Martinson, Abt Associates

Presentation: The Effectiveness of Different Approaches for Moving Cash Assistance Recipients to Work: Findings from the Job Search Assistance Strategies Evaluation
Authors: Karin Martinson, Eleanor L. Harvill, Abt Associates


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET | Room 18

Panel - Site Selection for Improved Generalizability in Impact Evaluations
(Methods and Tools of Analysis)

Presentation: Selecting Districts and Schools for Impact Studies in Education: A Simulation Study of Different Strategies
Authors: Daniel Litwok, Austin Nichols, Abt Associates; Rob Olsen, Westat;  Azim Shivji, Abt Associates


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Room 15

Panel - Housing Vulnerable Populations (Housing, Community Development, and Urban Policy)
Discussant: Scott Brown, Abt Associates


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Room 11

Panel - Unpacking Mixed and Unexpected Impacts of Workforce Exposure and Development Programs: Evidence from Three Randomized Controlled Trials (Employment and Training Programs)

Presentation: Experimental Evidence on the Impact of Long-Term Credentials in the Healthcare Sector
Authors: Daniel Litwok, Laura Peck and Douglas Walton, Abt Associates,


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET | Room 12

Panel - Cost-Benefit Analyses of Intensive Interventions to Improve Employment Outcomes: Findings and Methods (Employment and Training Programs)
Organizer: Samuel Dastrup, Abt Associates
Discussant: Eleanor L. Harvill, Abt Associates

Presentation: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Year up’s Longer-Term Impacts
Authors: Samuel Dastrup, David Fein, Kimberly Burnett, Abt Associates

Presentation: The Importance of Covariation in Monte Carlo Analysis: An Illustration from the Bond Benefit-Cost Study
Authors: Daniel Gubits, Abt Associates; David H. Greenberg, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Austin Nichols, Abt Associates


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Room 12

Panel - Work and Income Among Older Americans: Findings from Program Evaluation, Surveys, Administrative Data, and Policy Research (Employment and Training Programs)
Organizer and Discussant: Hannah Betesh, Abt Associates


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET | Room 3

Panel - Evaluating the Impact of Marijuana Liberalization Laws and Policies in the United States on the Criminal Justice System
(Crime, Justice, and Drugs)
Organizer: Maggie Martin, Abt Associates

Presentation: Evaluating the Impact of Changing Marijuana Laws and Policies on Criminal Justice System Pursuit of Drug-Related Crime
Authors: Maggie Martin, John Thacker, Maryam Salihu, Yvonne Cristy, Abt Associates; Ryan Kling, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Presentation: State Marijuana Markets Surrounding Cannabis Legislation
Authors: Ryan Kling, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Maryam Salihu, John Thacker, Yvonne Cristy, Maggie Martin, Abt Associates

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