Douglas J. Besharov is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise
Institute for Public Policy Research and a professor at the University of
Maryland School of Public Affairs. He was the first director of the U.S.
National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. He is the author or editor
of several books, including Recognizing Child Abuse: A Guide for the
Concerned (1990), When Drug Addicts Have Children: Reorienting Child
Welfare's Response (1994), and Enhancing Early Childhood Programs:
Burdens and Opportunities (1996).
Robert Boruch is University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and
Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. A fellow of the American
Statistical Association, he has received awards for his work on research
methods and policy from the American Educational Research Association, the
American Evaluation Association, and the Policy Studies Association. He is the
author of nearly 150 scholarly papers and author or editor of a dozen books,
including Randomized Experiments for Planning and Evaluation: A Practical
Guide (1997) and Evaluation of AIDS Prevention Programs (1991).
James J. Heckman is Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of
Economics and director of the Center for Social Program Evaluation at the
Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago. He is co-editor
of Longitudinal Analysis of Labor Market Data (1985) and numerous
scholarly articles on evaluation topics.
Robinson Hollister is a professor of economics at Swarthmore
College. He has organized and led reviews of the effectiveness of employment
and training programs, including The Minority Female Single Parent
Demonstration: New Evidence About Effective Training Strategies (1990),
and was co-editor of The National Supported Work Demonstration (1984).
Christopher Jencks is a professor of public policy at the Malcolm
Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard University. His research areas of
interest include social mobility and inequality. He has been a fellow of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Social
Insurance. His publications include The Homeless (1994), Rethinking
Social Policy: Race, Poverty, and the Underclass (1992), and Inequality
Glenn C. Loury is a professor of economics and director of the
Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University. He has served on
several advisory commissions of the National Academy of Sciences and is
currently vice president of the American Economics Association. He is author
of One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and
Responsibility in America (1995).
Peter H. Rossi is S.A. Rice Professor Emeritus at the University of
Massachusetts (Amherst). He is a past president of the American Sociological
Association and has received awards for work in evaluation from the American
Evaluation Association, the American Sociological Association, and the Policy
Studies Organization. He has authored or co-authored numerous publications,
including Just Punishments: Federal Guidelines and Public Views Compared
(1997), Feeding the Poor: An Analysis of Five Federal Nutrition Programs
(1997), Evaluation: A Systematic Approach (1993), and Down and Out
in America: The Origins of Homelessness (1989).
Isabel Sawhill is a senior fellow and holds the Adeline M. and
Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy at the Brookings
Institution. Prior to this, she was a senior fellow and the Arjay Miller Chair
in Public Policy at the Urban Institute. Before joining the Urban
Institute in February 1995, she served two years as associate director of
human resources at the Office of Management and Budget. She is the author or
editor of numerous books and articles, including Welfare Reform: An
Analysis of the Issues (1995) and Challenge to Leadership: Economic and
Social Issues for the Next Decade (1988).
Thomas Schelling is Distinguished Professor at the School of Public
Affairs and Department of Economics of the University of Maryland. He is a
past president of the American Economic Association. He serves on or chairs
committees of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and
the Social Sciences Research Council. He is the author of eight books and over
120 articles, including Choice and Consequence (1984) and Strategy
of Conflict (1980).
James Q. Wilson is James Collins Professor of Management at the
University of California at Los Angeles and a past president of the American
Political Science Association. He is the author of numerous books, including Crime
and Human Nature (1996), The Moral Sense (1993), and Bureaucracy:
What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It (1991).