AIR Research Experts to Present at What Works Global Summit in London

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present on a broad range of research topics—including Africa’s unconditional cash transfers, children’s literacy development, and mixed methods approaches for enhancing systematic reviews—during the What Works Global Summit (WWGS) September 26-28 in London. Pre-conference workshops begin September 24th.

The WWGS is an international event that puts evidence at the center of policy and practice and provides a forum for participants to discuss new evidence and global experiences, policy uptake, uses of evidence, methods for measuring impact, and knowledge translation. Summit participants will include policymakers, program managers and researchers from over 25 countries around the world.

David Myers, AIR’s chief executive officer, will give an opening plenary session on Monday, September 26th on the topic, “Using evidence for practice: Implications for primary studies, systematic reviews and practice.” Dr. Myers, a nationally recognized education researcher, is a leading authority on the design, implementation and analysis of experimental studies of education programs. During his career, he has played a major role in some of the largest randomized control trials on education conducted in the United States.

AIR presentations include:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pre-conference Workshop 1: Defining the assumptions of the theory of change: A workshop for policy makers and programme managers
Main Hall, Woburn House | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
AIR Presenters: David Myers & Thomas de Hoop

Monday, September 26, 2016

Opening Plenary: Why Evidence Matters
Friends Meeting House | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Using evidence for practice: Implications for primary studies, systematic reviews and practice
AIR Presenter: David Myers

Session 2.15 Use of mixed methods for enhancing the policy relevance of systematic reviews: Experiences from international development
Upper Meeting Room, LIDC | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
AIR Presenter: Thomas de Hoop

Session 3.9.1 Improving the evidence for What Works to support children's literacy development
Harvey Room, BMA House | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Elizabeth Spier, Thomas de Hoop & Andrea Coombes

Session 3.13.1 Giving cash to the poor? Impacts of Africa’s unconditional cash transfers
Prince’s Room, BMA House | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Juan Bonilla & Hannah Ring

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Session 5.3 Leveraging impact evaluation for design to scale: Teaching-at-the-right level
Penn Suite, Friends House | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
AIR Chair: Ryan Williams

Session 5.9.1 Translating research to practice from Campbell systematic reviews on interventions for individuals with disabilities: Case examples of knowledge translation
Harvey Room, BMA House | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
AIR Presenter: Carlton J. Fong & Xinsheng “Cindy” Cai

Session 7.1.2 Reviewing systematic reviews: Can technology help students score higher in reading?
Small Hall, Friends House | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
AIR Co-author: Tsze Chan

Session 7.12.1 The impact of early childhood development programmes in international development
Room BO4, Birkbeck College | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
AIR Presenters: Thomas de Hoop, Marjorie Chinen & Arianna Zanolini

About AIR
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit