Getting Better at Getting Better

Responding to President Obama’s State of the Union proposal for tuition-free community college – Lisbeth B. Schorr, senior fellow, and Frank Farrow, Director,Center for the Study of Social Policy Education leaders are calling President Obama’s State of the Union proposal for tuition-free community college a game changer. It has the potential of...

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Letter to the NY Times Editor

My colleague, Anthony Bryk, and I, both members of the Friends of Evidence at the Center for the Study of Social Policy, submitted the following Letter to the Editor, the New York Times, in response to a January 1, 2015 op-ed by Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution. The...

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MANY FORMS OF EVIDENCE NEEDED TO GUIDE REFORMS

My colleague, Frank Farrow and I, both of the Center for the Study of Social Policy, submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the New York Times, in response to its article on methods used by the CMMS Innovation Center to evaluate innovative health system reforms.  The Times...

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The benefit that Robert Ball wouldn’t administer

It was early 1965 when I sat in on a meeting that was one of a series deliberating the final touches of the legislation that would soon be enacted as Medicare. Those gathered that day were the Undersecretary of HEW, Wilbur Cohen, the Commissioner of Social Security, Robert Ball,...

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Fitting the evidence to the question ….

On the front page of the Science Times of September 2, 2013, Gina Kolata celebrates the U.S. Education Department’s efforts that are “starting to get some real data” about what works in science and math education. The key to replacing guesses and hype, writes Kolata, is a “method that...

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