Optimal, APPAM Sponsor and Policy Innovator
College Park, MD- April 8, 2016 -- Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) is a Silver Sponsor of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2016 Spring Research Conference in Washington, DC on April 8-9,2016. This year’s theme is “Promoting Justice through Research and Practice.” According to the APPAM website, the event is a multi-disciplinary research conference that showcases a wide variety of issues through panels, roundtables, workshops, symposia and poster presentations. The APPAM's new strategic plan seeks to advance the relevance of policy research while promoting and responding to diversity across the various activities of the association. The APPAM conference joins these pillars by considering how attention to diversity and inequity can promote the policy relevance of APPAM scholarship. The conference will also consider how to promote diversity and equity through the curricular practices of public affairs graduate programs, providing a venue for schools of public affairs to share effective practices for pedagogy of inclusion.
In working with not only big data, but also innovation in public policy, and as a sponsor of APPAM, Optimal advocates a comprehensive review of research methods, technological tools and processes. Today’s policy makers are not only faced with a lot of information, but it is dynamic and typically long reports associated with the information at the end of a multi-year study are not effective decision making tools for them. Optimal’s commitment to support policy makers with shrinking monetary and time constraints in this new environment is evident in its Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. APPAM’s mission is to improve public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education. For more information on the 2016 APPAM conference, please visit their website: http://www.appam.org/events/spring-conference/2016-spring-conference/
Optimal Solutions Group, LLC
Founded in 2000, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC, is a nonpartisan public policy research and technical assistance firm that stands out for its quantitative expertise and innovative approaches to provide rigorous, data-driven research and technical assistance to government agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropic foundations. Located at the University of Maryland’s M Square Research Park in College Park, Optimal is a leader in driving real-time public policy research. Optimal has 60+ employees, including multidisciplinary researchers with backgrounds in economics, education, health, housing, sociology, statistics, information management and entrepreneurship. Optimal has four research centers: Health, Education, Housing and Workforce Development, and Social Policy. Optimal also house an International practice, Analytics Group, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center.