THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015 – 9:00AM TO 12:30PM
Lunch and Networking 2:00PM
Book Signing – 12:45PM TO 1:15PM
Symposium: Evidence-Based Policy & Its Limits, With Keynote Dr. Ron Haskins
Lunch generously provided by the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) and the Smith Richardson Foundation
Federal and state policymakers and philanthropies are increasingly emphasizing the use of evidence to drive policy decisions. However, what exactly is evidence-based policy, and what are some of the challenges to this decision-making approach? The Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs is hosting a symposium on Thursday, April 16th to bring together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, philanthropies, and students to discuss the benefits and challenges of evidence-based policy.
CHASP faculty research associate Cynthia Osborne and her research group, the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), co-hosted “Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know” on November 14, 2014. The event marked the first state level conversation about the physiological and costly implications of adverse childhood experiences (ACE), also known as toxic stress, and the current and potential policies developed to support Texas children and families. The event was co-hosted with TexProtects and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and attendees included policy leaders, physicians, researchers, and advocates.
Dr. Andrew Garner, one of the nation’s leading pediatric neuroscientists studying the effects of toxic stress on early brain development, was the keynote speaker and presented “Peering into the Black Box: Understanding the Link Between Significant Adversity or Violence in Childhood and Poor Adult Outcomes”. Representative John Zerwas (Texas House of Representatives, District 28), Chair of the Health and Human Services’ House Appropriations subcommittee, provided opening remarks.
“Multiple stressors in early childhood get under the skin and have long lasting effects that harm the child, family, community, and ultimately the state,” said Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and CFRP Director. “The implications of not addressing early childhood toxic stress are significant. It’s much more than just science – what and when targeted social policies are implemented are key.”
At the event, Dr. Osborne presented early findings from CFRP’s evaluation of the Texas Home Visiting Program that serves families with evidence-based early childhood intervention programs. Sarah Abrams with the Health and Human Services Commission and Sasha Rasco of the Department of Family and Protective Services discussed their prevention initiatives. Madeline McClure and Sophie Phillips of TexProtects also discussed the history and progress of home visiting in Texas.
For links and more about “Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know,” please go to http://childandfamilyresearch.org/about/toxic-stress/.
CHASP thanks Wendy Gonzales for her assistance in preparing this story.
See Angela Evans’ Presidential Address at the 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference
Professor Angela Evans delivered the annual Presidential Address of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at the Fall Conference on November 7th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can view her address to the association at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNoUmw-Rqgw&feature=youtu.be.
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.
Cynthia Osborne, Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and CHASP faculty research associate, was elected to a four-year term on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
The APPAM Policy Council is composed of 31 members from universities, think tanks and government agencies.