Allies, adversaries, or strange bedfellows? The relationship between research, politics and policy

July 04, 2012

Make arrangements to participate in this worthy issue forum hosted by Mathematica Policy Research and The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

When: Wednesday, July 18, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. (EDT), Mathematica’s DC office (directions)

The U.S. health care system prides itself on adopting the principles of evidence-based medicine. Do the same principles and values hold true for evidence-based policymaking? If better evidence leads to better policy, then how does research get translated into the acceptance, alteration, or rejection of specific policies? What is the political equivalent of “bench-to-bedside”? When does the process fall short and how can it be made more effective?

Please join the Association for Public Policy and Management and Mathematica Policy Research for an engaging discussion of the roles health research and evidence play in the policy process. The interactive, roundtable-style forum and webcast include the following speakers representing different facets of the policy sphere:

  • Paul Decker, Mathematica CEO and APPAM president-elect—Welcome and Introduction
  • Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief Health Affairs—Moderator


  • Chuck Clapton, J.D., minority health policy director, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
  • Judy Feder, Ph.D., professor of public policy, Georgetown University, and  health policy fellow, Urban Institute; former deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Wendell Primus, Ph.D., senior policy adviser, Office of the House Minority Leader

The panelists will share their personal experiences and perspectives, and address questions from the in-person and web audiences. Specifically, they will:

  • Demystify what type of health research policymakers need and the channels they use to find it
  • Highlight the importance of framing and synthesizing research findings for a policy audience
  • Provide multiple perspectives on when research is (and isn’t) used, and why
  • Address the role of the media and politics in research and policy

This is the first in a series of forums and events jointly hosted by APPAM and its institutional members designed to help better connect the worlds of research and policy. Upcoming events will feature additional institutional members and focus on a wide range of topics and interest areas. 

Preregistration is required for both the in-person event and the webcast. The in-person registration deadline is noon, Friday, July 13. All guests attending the in-person event will be required to sign in and present photo identification.

Details here.

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