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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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Appendix A
Workshop Agenda and Participants

Workshop on Advancing Social Science Theory:

The Importance of Common Metrics


February 25-26, 2010

National Academies Keck Building

500 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, DC


Thursday, February 25, 2010

8:30 a.m.

Working breakfast

 

Participants arriving early are encouraged to discuss workshop issues over breakfast served in the meeting room.

9:00

Introduction and goals for the workshop

 

Miron L. Straf, Workshop Director

George W. Bohrnstedt, Workshop Chair

Overview

 

Chair: Harris Cooper, Duke University

9:15

An overview of measurement in the social sciences

 

George W. Bohrnstedt, American Institutes for Research

9:45

Comparable metrics: Some examples

 

Robert M. Hauser, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council, Washington, DC, and University of Wisconsin, Madison

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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10:15

Discussion

 

Christine A. Bachrach

10:40

Break

Examples

11:05

What can we learn from the economic sciences?

 

Robert J. Willis, University of Michigan

11:35

Measuring health-related quality of life

 

Dennis Fryback, University of Wisconsin, Madison

12:05 p.m.

Discussion

 

Jack E. Triplett, Brookings Institution

Kathleen A. Cagney, University of Chicago

12:30

Lunch

 

Lunch is available in the Academies’ atrium cafeteria on the third floor.

1:30

Open discussion

Indicators

 

Chair: Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University

2:10

Advantages and disadvantages of the standardization of indicators used in policy

 

Geoff Mulgan, The Young Foundation

Examples

2:40

Standardized measurement

 

Robert A. Pollak, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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3:35

High school completion rates

 

John Robert Warren, University of Minnesota

4:05

Measuring race (and ethnicity)

 

C. Matthew Snipp, Stanford University

4:35

Discussion

 

Kenneth Prewitt, Columbia University

5:00

Open discussion

5:40

Reception (first floor foyer)

6:45

Dinner (participants and invited guests)

Friday, February 26

8:30 a.m.

Working breakfast

 

Participants arriving early are encouraged to discuss workshop issues over breakfast served in the meeting room.

Social-science constructs

 

Chair: Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University

9:00

The theory of measurement

 

Nancy D. Cartwright, University of California, San Diego, and London School of Economics and Political Science and

Norman M. Bradburn, National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago

Examples

9:30

Measuring poverty: The question of standardization

 

Robert T. Michael, University of Chicago

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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10:00

A national protocol for measuring intergenerational mobility?

 

David B. Grusky, Stanford University

10:30

Break

10:50

Measuring and modeling of self-regulation: Is standardization a reasonable goal?

 

Rick Hoyle, Duke University

11:20 a.m.

Discussion

 

Rebecca A. Maynard, University of Pennsylvania

11:45

Open discussion

12:15 p.m.

Common themes and lessons

 

Planning committee for the workshop

12:45

Final comments from participants and guests

1:15

Adjourn

 

Lunch is available in the atrium cafeteria on the third floor.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

Ana Aizcorbe

Chief Economist

Bureau of Economic Analysis


Christine A. Bachrach

Visiting Scholar, Social Science Research Institute

Duke University

Research Professor, School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

University of Maryland


George W. Bohrnstedt

Senior Vice President for Research Emeritus

American Institutes for Research


John Bowers

Reporter

Caset Associates, Inc.


Norman M. Bradburn

Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus

University of Chicago

Senior Fellow, National Opinion Research Center


Kathleen A. Cagney

Director, Population Research Center

Associate Professor, Department of Health Studies

The University of Chicago


Nancy D. Cartwright

Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences

London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor of Philosophy

University of California, San Diego


Constance Citro

Director, Committee on National Statistics

The National Academies


Harris Cooper

Professor and Chair

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Duke University


Paul Courtney

Biomedical Informatics Coordinator

National Cancer Institute


Pamela Flattau

Science and Technology Policy Institute

Institute for Defense Analyses


Mary Frase

Deputy Assistant Director

Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

National Science Foundation


Dennis Fryback

Professor Emeritus

School of Medicine and Public Health

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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Robert Geelar


David B. Grusky

Professor, Department of Sociology Stanford University


Charles Hatcher


Robert M. Hauser

Vilas Research Professor of Sociology

Center for Demography of Health and Aging

University of Wisconsin, Madison


Taissa Hauser

Senior Scientist Emeritus

University of Wisconsin, Madison


Lee Herring

Director of Public Affairs & Public Information

American Sociological Association


Rick Hoyle

Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Duke University


Sheila Jasanoff

Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies

Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University


David S. Johnson

Chief, Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division

U.S. Census Bureau


Karen Jones

Training, Research, and Evaluation Specialist/Statistician

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Toshiko Kaneda

Senior Research Associate

Population Reference Bureau


Arthur J. Kendall

Retired, U.S. General Accounting Office


James Kirby


Rose Maria Li

President and CEO

Rose Li and Associates, Inc.


Mark Mather

Associate Vice President, Domestic Programs

Population Reference Bureau


Rebecca A. Maynard

University Trustee Professor of Education and Social Policy

Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania


Olga Mayorova

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Geography and Regional Development

University of Arizona


Robert T. Michael

Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Harris School of Public Policy Studies

University of Chicago

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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Wilhelmine Miller

Associate Research Professor

Department of Health Policy

George Washington University


Richard Moser

Research Psychologist

Behavioral Research Program

Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

National Cancer Institute


Geoff Mulgan

Director

The Young Foundation

London, England


Natalia Pane

Managing Analyst

American Institutes of Research


Robert A. Pollak

Hernreich Distinguished Professor of Economics

John M. Olin School of Business

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri


Kenneth Prewitt

Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs

Vice President for Global Centers

Columbia University


Barbara Schneider

John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor

College of Education and Department of Sociology

Michigan State University


C. Matthew Snipp

Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor

Department of Sociology

Stanford University


Jack E. Triplett

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Brookings Institution


John Robert Warren

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Sociology

Minnesota Population Center

University of Minnesota


Robert J. Willis

Professor of Economics and Research Professor

Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center

Institute for Social Research

University of Michigan

National Research Council Staff

Michael Feuer (until August 31, 2010)

Executive Director

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE)


Miron L. Straf

Deputy Director

DBASSE


Kirsten Sampson Snyder

Senior Report Review Officer

DBASSE

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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Christina Maranto

Mirzayan Fellow

DBASSE


Dorothy Majewski

Administrative Assistant

DBASSE

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda and Participants." National Research Council. 2011. The Importance of Common Metrics for Advancing Social Science Theory and Research: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13034.
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In February 2010, the National Research Council convened a workshop to investigate the feasibility of developing well-grounded common metrics to advance behavioral and social science research, both in terms of advancing the development of theory and increasing the utility of research for policy and practice.

The Workshop on Advancing Social Science Theory: The Importance of Common Metrics had three goals:

  • To examine the benefits and costs involved in moving from metric diversity to greater standardization, both in terms of advancing the development of theory and increasing the utility of research for policy and practice.
  • To consider whether a set of criteria can be developed for understanding when the measurement of a particular construct is ready to be standardized.
  • To explore how the research community can foster a move toward standardization when it appears warranted.

This book is a summary of the two days of presentations and discussions that took place during the workshop.

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