Building Human Capital and Economic Potential Policy Briefing

On October 15 in Washington DC, the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the University of Texas at Austin and the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will co-host with The Brookings Institution an engaging discussion of this pressing policy issue: How can we build economic self-sufficiency among working families and the disadvantaged, while simultaneously meeting the labor demand needs of employers, through policies and programs that increase labor market skills, employment, wages and earnings?

Together with policymakers, researchers and others who inform and shape public policy, we will discuss recent research findings and their policy implications from the Building Human Capital and Economic Potential initiative and conference undertaken by IRP and CHASP:  A summary of the conference, now available in the latest issue of IRP’s Fast Focus publication, is available here: Fast Focus #21.  Two policy briefs designed to share the evidence-based policy ideas and recommendations from the conference are also included here and will be discussed at the October 15th policy briefing:  Focus on Policy Brief 1 Self-SufficiencyFocus on Policy Brief 2 Hard-to-Employ.

We hope you will join us!

Questions? Please contact Esmeralda Garcia Galvan


CHASP Faculty in Key Leadership Roles in the APPAM

Angela Evans, Clinical Professor, Will Deliver the Presidential Address at the 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Angela EvansProfessor Angela Evans takes the helm at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Conference this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will deliver the annual Presidential Address on November 7, 2014 at 5 pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Professor Evans was elected to this prestigious role in the leading professional association of schools of public policy and public affairs in November of 2013 and has served in significant leadership roles in APPAM for many years. Her previous service includes the APPAM Policy Council, Chair of the Policy Relevance Committee, the Nominating Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Program Committee, and Executive Director Search Committee. Prior to joining the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Professor Evans was the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS)—the Legislative Branch agency created by the U.S. Congress to serve as its primary source for policy research and analysis. During her nearly 40-year public service career, she worked with Members of Congress and their staffs in confronting some of the most critical and complex policy problems facing the nation.


Professor Cynthia Osborne Elected to APPAM’s Policy Council in 2014

Professor Cynthia Osborne is in the first year of a three-year term on the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) key decision making body, the Policy Council. Cynthia Osborne

APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. APPAM promotes multidisciplinary public policy research through their annual research conference, peer-reviewed journal (Journal of Policy Analysis and Management), and active involvement with leaders in policy, academia, and research. Professor Osborne’s research and career achievements are an exemplar of what APPAM represents and strives to achieve. The Policy Council will benefit enormously from her role in the leadership team responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association.

Professor Osborne is also Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Learn more about her in her CFRP bio and on her LBJ School faculty page. Read more about the APPAM Policy Council.

CHASP Team Studying the Affordable Care Act in Texas

Warner Richardson ACA-PRP Class

As part of the LBJ School of Public Affairs’s series of year-long Policy Research Projects (PRPs), Professors Sam Richardson and David Warner led a team of students in a study of the ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Texas. The PRP delivered the Texas analysis for a nationwide, state-by-state study of federalism and the implementation of the ACA, under the aegis of the Nelson Rockefeller Institute of Government at SUNY Albany and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Warner recently presented the study findings at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and Professor Richardson is continuing the study of the implementation of the ACA with a new class of students this fall.

The study focuses on the following three issues:

  1. Who governs (agencies, offices, program leaders);
  2. The interagency and federal-state relationships that develop; and
  3. State-level operations of the principal coverage-expanding policies adopted in the new law.

During fall semester of 2013, the PRP produced a report detailing the decisions Texas made leading up to the October 2013 opening of the ACA health insurance exchanges, how early implementation tasks were carried out in the state, and what the consequences of Texas’ policy decisions have been. In the spring semester, the PRP produced additional analyses looking at implementation issues in early 2014 and how various populations and markets are affected by the roll-out of the ACA in Texas.


September 1, 2014