American Institutes for Research and IMPAQ Experts to Present Virtually at Annual APPAM Fall Research Conference

Arlington, Va. - Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and IMPAQ will present at several sessions during the annual Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) research conference, being held virtually November 11-13, 2020. APPAM is an organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.

AIR and IMPAQ staff will contribute to 21 live sessions on a variety of conference tracks, including Health; Education; Natural Resource, Energy and Environmental Policy; Employment and Training Programs; Public and Non-Profit Management and Finance; Family and Child Policy; and Methods and Tools of Analysis. (IMPAQ is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIR.)

This is APPAM’s 42nd annual Fall Research Conference, and the theme for this year is “Research Across the Policy Lifecycle: Formulation, Implementation, Evaluation and Back Again.”

Sessions featuring AIR and IMPAQ presentations are listed below, and can be found on the APPAM conference website via the online searchable program.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

11:00 – 11:55 a.m. EST

Panel: Long Term Care Options for the Elderly (Health)

Paper: Impact of Medicaid Home-and-Community-Based Services on Elderly Care Utilization and Health Outcomes
AIR Presenter: Aditi Pathak
Location: Room 30

Panel: Policies and Practice Shaping Post-Secondary Enrollment and Outcomes (Education)

Paper: Do Remedial Courses in Middle and High School Really Help Students? Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Florida
AIR Discussant: Benjamin Backes
AIR Presenter: Umut Ozek
Location: Room 8

Panel: Online Learning and Technology in the Age of COVID (Education)

Paper: Impact of e-Learning Technology and Activity-Based Learning on Learning Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Community Schools in Rural Zambia
AIR Presenter/Authors: Thomas De Hoop, Hannah Ring, Garima Siwach, Paula Dias, Victoria Rothbard and Anais Toungui
Location: Room 6

12:00 – 12:55 p.m. EST

Panel: The Multidimensional Nature of Teacher Effectiveness: Evidence and Policy Implications (Education)

Paper: Front End to Back End: Do Preservice Mentor Characteristics Predict Inservice Teacher Retention?
AIR Author: Roddy Theobald
Location: Room 6

1:00 – 1:55 p.m. EST

Panel: Understanding the Career Trajectories of School Leaders to Improve Student Outcomes (Education)

Paper: Do More Effective Teachers Become More Effective Principals?
AIR Presenters/Authors: Dan Goldhaber, Kristian Holden and Bingjie Chen
Location: Room 5

Roundtable: Is There a Path to Reliable Benefit-Cost Analysis in Education? (Education)

AIR Speaker: Jesse Levin
Location: Room 10

Thursday, Nov. 12

11:00 – 11:55 a.m. EST

Panel: Benefits and Costs of Early Childhood Education (Education)

Paper: Highscope Preschool Curriculum and Professional Development Efficacy Study
AIR Presenters/Authors: Eboni Howard, Darrick Yee, Emily Weinberg, Burhan Ogut and Dong Hoon Lee
Location: Room 6

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

Paper: Improving Data Collection and Reporting to Identify and Test Core Components of Effective Youth Programs
AIR Presenter/Author: Allison Dymnicki
Location: Room 12

12:00 – 12:55 p.m. EST

Panel: Childhood Pollution Exposure, Human Capital, and Health (Natural Resource, Energy, and Environmental Policy)

Paper: Health and the City: Urban Congestion and Air Pollution in Brazil
AIR Presenter: Romina Tome
Location: Room 20

1:00 – 1:55 p.m. EST

Panel: Exploring Teacher Effectiveness for Students with Disabilities (Education)

Paper: Teacher Preparation and School District Practice: Does the Alignment of Pedagogical Approaches Influence the Effectiveness of Special Education Teachers?
AIR Organizer/Author: Roddy Theobald
AIR Authors: Dan Goldhaber and Kristian Holden
Location: Room 6

Panel: Implementation, Outcomes and Equity in Online Instruction in High Schools (Education)

Paper: An Online Learning Approach to High School Credit Recovery: Initial Outcomes and Implementation Costs
AIR Presenter/Authors: Jordan Rickles, Drew Atchison, Peggy Clements, Iliana Brodziak de los Reyes and Jessica Heppen
Location: Room 5

Panel: Analyses of COVID-19 Impacts: Methodological Challenges and Opportunities (Methods and Tools of Analysis)

Paper: Accounting for Missing Data and Differential History Threats: CITS in the Time of COVID-19
AIR Presenters/Authors: Ryan T. Williams and Andrew P. Swanlund
Location: Room 18

2:00 – 2:55 p.m. EST

Panel: COVID-19 and Workforce Policy Evaluation: What Has (Hasn't!) Changed? (Employment and Training Programs)

Paper: What Role Is There for Quick-Turnaround, Intervention Improvement Research in 2021?
AIR Presenter: Samia Amin
Location: Room 12

Panel: Engaging Diverse Citizens (Public and Non-Profit Management and Finance)

Paper: Using Reminder Postcards to Counteract Administrative Burden and Encourage Take-up of Simplified Disability Payment Rules
AIR Presenter: Heinrich Hock
Location: Room 28

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)

Paper:Microsimulation Model for Paid Leave – an Application on Low-Wage Workers
IMPAQ Presenter/Authors: Minh Huynh, Chris Li Zhang, Luke Patterson, Mike Trinh and Sandeep Shetty
Location: Room 13

Friday, Nov. 13

11:00 – 11:55 a.m. EST

Panel: Child Welfare Beyond Child Protective Services (Family and Child Policy)

Paper: The Safe Babies Court Team Evaluation: Changing the Trajectories of Children in Foster Care
AIR Presenters/Authors: Ann-Marie Faria, Jill Bowdon, Jameela Conway-Turner, Tina Ryznar, Jingtong Pan, Laura Michaelson, Taletha Derrington, Billie Day and Jill Walston
Location: Room 14

Panel: Nontraditional Workforce Training Programs: Characteristics, Quality and Outcomes (Employment and Training Programs)

Paper: The Relative Return of Credit – and Noncredit-Bearing Educational Attainment
AIR Presenter/Authors: Candace Hamilton Hester and Sami Kitmitto
Location: Room 11

12:00 – 12:55 p.m. EST

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

Paper: Startups for Unemployment? A Randomized Control Trial Study in Florida
IMPAQ Presenter/Authors: Neha Nanda, Carolyn Corea and Ann Middleton
Location: Room 12

1:00 – 1:55 p.m. EST

Panel: Examining and Addressing Inequity in K-12 (Education)

Paper: Where Are Initially Low-Performing Students the Most Likely to Succeed? A Multi-State Analysis of Academic Mobility
AIR Discussant: Christina LiCalsi
AIR Authors: Dan Goldhaber and Umut Ozek
Location: Room 10

2:00 – 2:55 p.m. EST

Panel: Lottery-Based Evaluations of Early Education Programs: Opportunities and Challenges (Education)

Paper: Lottery Structures for Admission to Public Montessori Preschool Programs: Promises and Challenges for Research
AIR Presenter/Authors: Karen Manship, Ann-Marie Faria and Juliette Berg
Location: Room 6

Panel: Supporting Social and Emotional Learning Outcomes for Students (Education)

Paper: The Effect of Exclusionary Discipline on Behavioral, Attendance, Academic and School Climate Outcomes for NYC Students and their Peers
AIR Panel Chair/Author: David Osher
AIR Presenters/Authors: Christina LiCalsi and Paul Bailey
Location: Room 9

About AIR
Established in 1946, 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 education, health and the workforce. AIR’s work is driven by its mission to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world. With headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR has offices across the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit