Stanford Impact Labs and the White House Co-Host Evidence Forum on What the World Needs Now from Universities

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The United States faces converging economic, social, and health challenges that are exacerbating inequality in our communities and country. As local, state, and federal government leaders respond with new money and new programs, there is an urgent need for cutting-edge social science and research to inform how solutions are shaped and resources are directed.

On Dec. 12, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST, the White House and Stanford Impact Labs will host a lively, online conversation on what universities and colleges can do to spur research — designed with government and community involvement from the start — that can generate evidence and insights for today’s toughest social challenges.

The session is part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action and a series of Evidence Forums the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Office of Management and Budget are co-hosting with nonprofit and academic organizations to spur “research-based evidence that can make life healthier, safer, more equitable, and more prosperous for the American public.”

The conversation will feature remarks from:

  • Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Deputy Director for Science and Society, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Christina Ciocca Eller, Assistant Director for Evidence and Policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Jeremy M. Weinstein, Faculty Director, Stanford Impact Labs

And a lively, moderated conversation with:

  • Bryan Walsh, Editor, Vox Future Perfect (moderator) 
  • Anna Harvey, President, Social Science Research Council
  • Lisa Morrison Butler, Executive Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, Results for America
  • Shelly Ver Ploeg, Food Assistance Branch Chief, Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • Jim Shelton, Chief Investment and Impact Officer, Blue Meridian Partners

Speakers will share new ways in which governments, universities, and foundations are investing in, and supporting, research partnerships and examine what more is necessary to realize a world where everyone is afforded the equal promise of America.

Watch the recording: