Philip Gaskin, VP of Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a funder for Penn State’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative, reminded researchers not only to study what worked well in the past but also to look forward. He noted the need to spot trends in the economy and work ahead of the curve by studying those who are succeeding, those who are trying, those who failed, and those who are excluded. This broad approach can help make systems-level changes to support entrepreneurs in the coming years, said Gaskin.
Max Crowley called for those who generate science and those who use it to collaborate locally and globally to build “durable relationships.” He said that there is a “replicable science to scientific impact” and it’s all about building and maintaining relationships.
Collaborative efforts continue with the White House, the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative, and other partners to motivate the groundswell of support for these efforts to produce, translate, and implement science.
Other speakers included the Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, the keynote speaker; Kei Koizumi, Principal Deputy Director for Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Matt Soldner, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the U.S. Dept. of Education; Jennifer Thornhill Verma, Executive Lead at the Global Commission of Evidence on Address Societal Challenges; Lauren Supplee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Angela Bednarek, Project Director for the Evidence Project at The Pew Charitable Trusts; Erica Goldman, Director for Science Policy at the Federation of American Scientists; David Yokum, Director at the Policy Lab at Brown University; and Diana Epstein, the Evidence Team Lead at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative (EIC) is a research center and core resource for the science of scientific impact — aiming to improve the relevance, value, and use of research evidence to increase societal well-being. The EIC leverages expertise in administrative data, program design and evaluation, and researcher-policymaker relationships to optimize public and private investments. The EIC is a unit of Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute supported by the College of Health and Human Development.
For more info about the Evidence Forum, or to watch the recording, visit https://evidence2impact.psu.edu/evidence-forum/