IMPAQ Your World - March 20, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017



Project Updates

As part of the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Building Evidence of Effectiveness project, IMPAQ is providing ongoing technical assistance and support to improve the quality and rigor of educator effectiveness program evaluations. Our team – lead by Karen Armstrong, John Clements, and Chris Brandt -- created a centralized repository of existing and new resources designed to support high quality evaluations that (1) meet What Works Clearinghouse Standards, (2) provide feedback to project teams on short cycles, and (3) can be conducted on smaller budgets. Examples of resources include:

•Tools and checklists to support implementation of high quality evaluations

•Guides with practical recommendations for implementing low-cost rigorous evaluations

•Handbooks for developing high quality surveys, observation tools, logs, and assessments

•Rubrics for assessing the quality and rigor of different evaluation designs

•Guides for producing evidence of a program’s effectiveness on short cycles

•Case studies describing how others have addressed specific evaluation challenges

Although most resources pertain to evaluations in the field of evaluation, most resources are also useful for evaluators generally who want to design and implement rigorous, low-cost, short-turnaround experiments and quasi-experiments. A link to the new site is available here:


IMPAQ Senior Research Associate Jennifer Pooler will present at the American Society of Aging’s (ASA) Aging in America Annual Conference, taking place March 20-24 in Chicago, IL. Ms. Pooler will co-present the workshop “Food Insecurity among Older Adults: Screening Best Practices and Community Intervention Strategies” with peers from the AARP Foundation and the Food Research and Action Center. The presentation will take place on March 21 from 1:30-2:30 PM in the Hyatt Regency Chicago - Columbus CD (East Tower, Gold Level). Read more about the presentation on our event page.

IMPAQ Research Associate Dr. Dallas Elgin will present “Revisiting the Centralization-Decentralization Debate: An Empirical Study of the Effect of Centralized and Decentralized Administrative Systems on the Outcomes of Foster Care Children” at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference. The event will take place in Atlanta, GA from March 17-21. Dr. Elgin will present during a panel on Tuesday, March 21 from 9:45-11:15 AM. Learn more on our event page.

Next week, on March 27th, at the National Association of Workforce Board Forum, in Washington, DC IMPAQ’s Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Jonathan Simonetta, Vice President of Labor & Human Services Dr. James Moore, as well as Senior Research Associates Anne Chamberlain and Dr. Sonam Gupta will present the interactive workshop, “An Evaluation Toolkit for the Public Workforce System.” The workshop will take place on Monday, March 27 from 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm. Learn more on our event page.

And last week, three of our Education experts presented at the Association for Education Finance & Policy (AEFP) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Yasuyo Abe presented on Role of Postsecondary Institutions in Creating Career Paths, Dr. Mikhail Pyatigorsky presented on Alternative Covariate Selection Procedures for Impact Estimates, and Dr. Stephanie Levin presented on Hybrid Professional Development Model of Reading Apprenticeship. Read more on our event page.


IMPAQ’s Advanced Analytics Division is proud to sponsor and exhibit at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter event, The Future of MACRA – what to expect? The event will take place on March 16 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM in Arlington, VA. Stop by our exhibit table to learn how our Advanced Analytics Division is driving health information technology innovation. Learn more on our event page.

IMPAQ will exhibit at the upcoming Southern Employment & Training Association (SETA) Spring Conference in Jacksonville, FL from March 19-22. Visit our exhibit table to speak with our Labor Division staff and to learn more about the rigorous studies of workforce development, worker protection, training, and adult education programs that we have designed and conducted at the national, state, and local levels. Learn more on our event page.

Upcoming Conferences

  • Andres Romulado will present at the Southern Sociological Society (SSS) Annual Meeting, Greenville, SC, March 29 – April 1
  • Nada Rayyes and Kelley Akiya will present at the Research and Planning (RP) Conference, Burlingame, CA, April 20 – April 21
  • IMPAQ will exhibit at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA, April 22 – April 25
  • IMPAQ will present and exhibit at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, April 27 – May 1