Biographies of Plenary Speakers
Biographies of our Invited Plenary and Moderated Panel Presenters
Opening Plenary Session – Tuesday May 21, 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Howard White, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
Howard White is the the Executive Director of 3ie, co-chair of the Campbell International Development Coordinating Group and Adjunct Professor at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University. His previous experience includes leading the impact evaluation programme of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group and before that, several multi-country evaluations. Other experience includes leading large projects like the World Bank published report African Poverty at the Millennium, and developing the overall direction of poverty training for 2,000 DFID staff at country offices around
the world. Dr. White has worked extensively on development-related issues in countries across Africa and Asia and has published over 60 papers in internationally refereed journals and several books, focusing on aid effectiveness and poverty reduction. He is Managing Editor of the Journal of Development Studies and the Journal of Development Effectiveness. He has taught at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and continues to engage worldwide via workshops and training opportunities for policymakers on topics related to development effectiveness and impact evaluation.
Matthew Stagner, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Matthew W. Stagner is Executive Director of Chapin Hall and a Senior Lecturer at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Dr. Stagner directed the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. He also served as Director of the Division of Children and Youth Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Stagner is an expert on youth risk behaviors, child welfare services, and program evaluation. He is Co-Principal Investigator of CWICstats, an initiative that collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on the
performance of Chicago-area workforce-development programs, and is Co-Principal Investigator of Elev8 in Chicago, which focuses on disadvantaged middle school students. He is also conducting research on the effectiveness of programs for children aging out of foster care. Dr. Stagner holds a Ph.D. from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Methods Plenary – Tuesday May 21, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Larry V. Hedges, Northwestern University
A national leader in the fields of educational statistics and evaluation, Larry V. Hedges joined the Northwestern faculty in 2005. He is one of eight Board of Trustees Professors at Northwestern, the university’s most distinguished academic position. He holds appointments in statistics, psychology, and
education and social policy. Previously, he was the Stella M. Rowley Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Hedges’ research straddles many fields—in particular those of sociology, psychology, and educational policy. He is best known for his work to develop statistical methods for meta-analysis (a statistical analysis of the results of multiple studies that combines their findings) in the social, medical, and
biological sciences. It is a key component of evidence-based social research. Examples of some his recent studies include: understanding the costs of generating systematic reviews, differences between boys and girls in mental test scores, the black-white gap in achievement test scores, and frameworks for international comparative studies on education.
Wilely published, he has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and eight books, including the seminal Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis (with I. Olkin, Elsevier, 1985) and The Handbook of Research Synthesis for Meta-Analysis (with H. Cooper and J. Valentine, Russell Sage, 2009).
Education Plenary Session – Wednesday May 22, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Thomas D. Cook, Northwestern University
Thomas Cook is interested in social science research methodology, program evaluation, whole school reform, and contextual factors that influence adolescent development, particularly for urban minorities. Cook has written or edited 10 books and published numerous articles and book chapters. He received the Myrdal Prize for Science from the Evaluation Research Society in 1982, the Donald Campbell Prize for Innovative Methodology from the Policy Sciences Organization in 1988, the Distinguished Scientist Award of Division 5 of the American Psychological Association in 1997, and the Sells Award for Lifetime Achievement, Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology in 2008, and the Rossi Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in 2012. He was chair of the board of the Russell Sage Foundation from 2006 to 2008. Cook was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and was inducted as the Margaret Mead Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2003. He was part of the congressionally appointed committee evaluating Title I (No Child Left Behind) from 2006 to 2008.
Jerry Lee Lecture – Wednesday May 22, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago
Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law and Public Policy at the University of Chicago and Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. He also serves as a non-resident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, research associate of
the National Bureau of Economics Research (NBER), and co-director of NBER’s working group on the economics of crime. His research focuses on social policy, particularly urban poverty, education, crime, and housing policy.
Ludwig has been actively involved in research on the topic of gun violence. He is the co-author (with Philip J. Cook) of an evaluation of the federal Brady Act, and a study with Cook, Sudhir Venkatesh, and Anthony Braga on Chicago’s underground gun markets, as well as several books. He has also participated in a long-term evaluation of a HUD-funded randomized residential mobility experiment, Moving to
Opportunity, which provides low-income public housing families the opportunity to relocate to private housing in less disadvantaged neighborhoods, and a study of the long-term effects of Head Start. In 2006 he was awarded the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management’s (APPAM) David N.
Kershaw Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy by Age 40. More information about Professor Ludwig can be found here.
Social Work Plenary Session – Thursday May 23, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Eileen Gambrill, University of California-Berkeley
Eileen Gambrill is the Hutto Patterson Professor of Child and Family Studies at the School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley where she teaches both research and practice. Her research interests include professional decision making, evidence-informed practice and the role of critical
thinking within this, and the ethics of helping. Recent publications include Propaganda in the Helping Professions (2012, Oxford University Press) and Critical Thinking in clinical practice: improving the quality of judgments and decisions (3rd Ed., 2012,Wiley). Her talk is titled: “Avoidable ignorance and the role of the Campbell and Cochrane Collaborations”.
Newspapers daily highlight the prevalence of avoidable ignorance and its negative consequences including continued use of procedures that do more harm than good and failure to use interventions that help people. Examples are given and the role of researchers in influencing degree of exposure
of avoidable ignorance and its consequences described. Rather than using resources to identify, describe, expose, and advocate for use of knowledge to minimize avoidable suffering, some researchers use scarce resources to do the opposite: hide, distort and minimize avoidable ignorance and its consequences. Both the Campbell and the Cochrane Collaborations were created to maximize knowledge flow. Greater attention should be given to highlighting avoidable ignorance and related factors such as the play of politics and related propaganda ploys. Domains of avoidable ignorance are
suggested (e.g. about prevalence, causes, assessment options, intervention effectiveness, harm) and examples given.
Users Group Plenary Session – Thursday May 23, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dan Fox, Milbank Memorial Fund
Daniel M. Fox, president emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund, is an author of books and articles on health policy and politics and an adviser to public officials, leaders of provider systems in health and long-term care, research organizations, publishers, and foundations. Before serving as president of the Fund (1989-2007) he worked in state government (Massachusetts and New York), as an adviser to and staff member of three federal agencies (the Office of Economic Opportunity, and the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, and of Health and Human Services) and as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard University and at the Health Sciences Center of the State University of New
York at Stony Brook. Dr. Fox is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He earned AB, AM and PhD degrees from Harvard University.
Fox has been publishing regularly for half a century. In addition to peer-reviewed articles, commentaries and reviews in journals of health care, health services research, health policy, law and history, he is the author of The Convergence of Science and Governance: Research, Health Policy and American States (2010), Power and Illness: The Failure and Future of American Health Policy (1993 and 1995); Engines
of Culture (1963 and 1994); The Discovery of Abundance (1967 and 2002); Economists and Health Care (1979); Health Politics, Health Policies: The Experience of Britain and America 19111965 (1986); and Photographing Medicine: Images and Power in Britain and America since 1840 (1988). Books he co-
edited include AIDS: The Burdens of History (1988); AIDS: The Making of a Chronic Disease (1992); Five States That Could Not Wait: Lessons for Health Reform from Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont) (1994); Home-Based Care for a New Century (1996); and Treating Drug Abusers Effectively (1996).