How Big Data Can Transform Poverty Policy
Sunday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
Despite 50 years of well-intentioned policies, poverty in America remains stubbornly high and income mobility is at its lowest in decades. But transformation is on the horizon. By increasing their reliance on big data and analytics, communities, states, and even the federal government are shifting toward results-oriented programs, boosting effectiveness and accountability across program areas.
This new interest in evidence-based initiatives is bringing hope to many communities, changing the lives of America's homeless, single mothers, convicted felons, and underprivileged children. However, more needs to be done. In this panel, Congressman John Delaney (D, MD) will be joined by top nonprofit experts to discuss the successes of data-driven programs, the barriers to their expansion, and the ways in which the tech community can marshall its resources to tackle one of the greatest public policy challenges facing America today.
United States House Of Representatives
Congressman John Delaney (D, MD) was elected in 2012 to serve Maryland’s Sixth District. Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company in the House of Representatives, and brings to W...Show the rest
Congressman John Delaney (D, MD) was elected in 2012 to serve Maryland’s Sixth District. Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company in the House of Representatives, and brings to Washington an extensive experience as a successful entrepreneur and as a private sector and non-profit leader. As the son of a union electrician, John grew up in a blue collar household. He spent his business career starting and running successful companies and helping small businesses grow.
Congressman Delaney’s primary focus in office is to restore our nation’s economic competitiveness so that we can have a strong middle class, raise our standard of living, and expand the number of good jobs available to Americans. In 2011 Delaney founded Blueprint Maryland, a non-profit dedicated to invigorating Maryland’s private sector. Blueprint Maryland gathered businesspeople, educators, labor representatives and policy experts together to chart a way towards a high-tech, high-information, economy.Hide the rest
American Enterprise Institute
Kevin Corinth is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies homelessness and poverty. His current research evaluates the effectiveness of Housing First policies in red...Show the rest
Kevin Corinth is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies homelessness and poverty. His current research evaluates the effectiveness of Housing First policies in reducing homelessness, and examines the role of social detachment in homelessness incidence and duration. He has also studied ways to better design outcome-based funding mechanisms for social services by integrating competition for users. Before joining AEI, Dr. Corinth served as a lecturer at the University of Chicago, and spent two years working as an economic consultant at Analysis Group. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in economics and political science from Boston College.Hide the rest
R Street Institute
Lori Sanders is the outreach director and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute. In this role, she manages R Street's research on income mobility, coordinating and publishing work on the import...Show the rest
Lori Sanders is the outreach director and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute. In this role, she manages R Street's research on income mobility, coordinating and publishing work on the importance of evidence-based approaches to poverty reduction. She is also responsible for R Street’s coalition efforts, as well as providing public outreach and education about public policy issues to regulators, lawmakers and their staffs.
Lori came to R Street from the American Enterprise Institute, where she most recently served as program manager for AEI’s Road to Freedom project. Prior to her work at AEI, Sanders worked at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center.
Her work has been featured in National Affairs, the Weekly Standard, National Review, and many other outlets, and she is a frequent speaker on income mobility issues on and off Capitol Hill.Hide the rest
Michele Jolin is a Managing Partner for America Achieves, leading the organization's Results for America initiative, which works to develop recommendations and bipartisan support for investing publ...Show the rest
Michele Jolin is a Managing Partner for America Achieves, leading the organization's Results for America initiative, which works to develop recommendations and bipartisan support for investing public funds in evidence-based solutions that can be taken to large scale. Michele also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Michele was appointed by President Obama in December 2010 to be a Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions.
Previously, Michele served as Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the White House. In that role, she designed and launched the Social Innovation Fund and developed a range of other policy tools to drive federal investment toward effective solutions. Michele served as the Chief of Staff for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, for CEA Chair Joseph Stiglitz, and as a Legislative Counsel for Senator Barbara Boxer on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.Hide the rest