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The European Peter H. Rossi Award
for Scientific or Practice Contributions to Causal Research and Evaluation in Europe

 


About the European Peter H. Rossi Award

The University of Maryland is pleased to announce the recently institutionalized European Peter H. Rossi Award, to be awarded biennially beginning in 2020. The award recognizes scientific or practice contributions to causal research and evaluation in support of the advancement of public policy in Europe or elsewhere. The first award will be presented at the Fourteenth European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference, to be held 21–25 September 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The awardee receives a €1,000 cash prize and €500 toward the cost of attendance.

Origin of the Award

In 2017, the Peter H. Rossi Award Committee announced a special award to Professor Alberto Martini in recognition of his leadership in encouraging the highest standards of causal inference research, both in his home country of Italy and in Europe generally (click here for more information on Professor Martini's award).

On the basis of the recommendations of the Rossi Award Committee and the experience with the award to Professor Martini, we have decided to introduce a separate award oriented toward European scholars and practitioners. The award recognizes scientific or practice contributions to causal research and evaluation in support of the advancement of public policy in Europe or elsewhere.

Call for Nominations

Nominations may be made by any individual or organization. (Individuals may nominate their own work.)

Nominations may be based on a recent paper or publication, or an entire body of work. The selection committee holds the right to, from time to time, establish time limits for what may be considered. When appropriate, joint awards will be made for coauthored works or joint products.

The paper, publication, or body of work may involve any aspect of planning, conducting, or analyzing evaluations of social programs and may be directed to lay or professional audiences. The work should reflect the importance of precision and objectivity in setting the evaluation framework, design, execution, and reporting, as well as the value of evidence-based presentation or translation for varied audiences. Illustrative examples include works on the state of evaluation or knowledge in a particular substantive field, new approaches to program evaluation, and program evaluation and its role in the political decision making process.

The letter of nomination (with the nominee’s current address, email address, and phone number) should detail the contributions made by the work to the field of evaluation, and should include the paper or relevant parts of the body of work.

Nominations should be sent via e-mail to:

Professor Douglas J. Besharov
School of Public Policy
University of Maryland
Besharov@umd.edu

Award Committee

All nominations will be reviewed by the Award Committee. The members are:

Christoph Badelt, director, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO);
Bastiaan de Laat, senior evaluator, In-Depth Evaluation Unit, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); president, European Evaluation Society;
Veronica Gaffey, chair, Regulatory Scrutiny Board, European Commission;
Eric Hanushek, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University;
Emmanuel Jimenez, executive director, International Initiative on Impact Evaluation (3ie);
Frans Leeuw, professor, University of Maastricht;
Alberto Martini, professor, Università del Piemonte Orientale;
Rebecca Maynard, University Trustee Chair professor, University of Pennsylvania; and
Howard White, CEO, Campbell Collaboration.

Deadline for Nominations

Starting in 2020, awards will be made every two years. All nominating materials for the 2020 award must be received by 3 February 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Brussels time (UTC + 2)..


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