Determining What Works (and What Doesn't) in the Public Sector

Dr. Alan Brown
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Public sector policymakers like governors, mayors, and local government managers must make decisions regularly on which public sector programs should be funded, at which levels, and for how long. Most often, however, these policymakers have little or no impartial evidence on which to base their investment decisions. Rigorous evaluations have been conducted on some currently funded public sector programs but not most. In light of the limited availability of rigorous evidence on program effectiveness, how can the policymakers determine if the programs they fund actually produce the desired results?

Keywords: Sustainability, Policymakers, Violence Prevention, Intervention, Substance Abuse
Stream: Politics, Public Policy and Law
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: Determining What Works (and What Doesn't) in the Public Sector

Dr. Alan Brown

Principal Investigator, Arizona Prevention Resource Center, Arizona State University

Dr. Alan Brown currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Arizona Prevention Resource Center. Dr. Brown has been a member of the faculty at Arizona State University for 34 years and he has extensive experience in the management of large and complex projects funded by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His postdoctoral training has focused on his most prominent professional interests: organizational psychology with specialized training in organizational development; strategic planning for organizations; methods of planned systems change; leadership and management development; and education policy. He has been a consultant to a number of state and federal agencies, and has worked collaboratively with other states on joint training and research projects. As principal investigator for the Center he has written or overseen successful grants for Arizona of over $210,000,000.00.

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