Data Driven Evidence and Decisionmaking in a Post-Truth World
Monday, March 20 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Moderator: Marc Holzer
Marc Holzer, Ph.D. is University Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark. He is an ASPA Past President and currently serves as Chair of the ASPA Endowment. Dr. Holzer is a leader in the field of public sector performance and since 1975 has served as Editor in Chief of the Public Performance and Management Review
(ASPA Immediate Past President, University of Delaware)
(Dean, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs)
Angela Evans joined the faculty of the LBJ School in 2009 as a Clinical Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. On Jan.16, 2016, she assumed the position of dean of the School—the first dean appointed by the current President of the University of Texas Austin, Dr. Gregory Fenves. Since joining the LBJ School, she has earned numerous teaching awards, including the 2012 Texas Exes teaching award; the most valuable class (2010 and 2012) and the most helpful professor (every year since 2010). She teaches graduate courses in policy development, public management, and ethics. Evans has received research grants from the National Science Foundation through which she is developing ways to enhance the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the academic and policy making and policy implementation communities to better inform public policies. She also conducted a special research project with her students, which resulted in a widely distributed report entitled, “The Reclamation of the U.S. Congress,” which presents proposals on how the Congress could adjust its governance and processes to improve legislative deliberations. Prior to joining the faculty Evans worked for the U.S Congress for nearly 40 years, the last 15 of which she served as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a legislative branch agency that provides nonpartisan research and public policy analysis to Congress. She led the first agency-wide reorganization in 30 years, developed the first agency-wide interdisciplinary collaborative research framework, secured foundation support for several large research projects, and oversaw a $110 million budget and 700 professional staff representing a broad range of disciplines. She served as the President of the Association of Schools of Public Policy and Administration and is on the executive committee of National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Analysis. Professor Evans also is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Evans has served as an Instructor at the University of Maryland, a Senior Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles, and as a consultant to Motorola, Citibank, Amoco and Proctor and Gamble.
(Senior Fellow, The IBM Center for the Business of Government)
(Director, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)