Judith Gueron and Howard Rolston join us to discuss their new book, Fighting for Reliable Evidence, published by the Russell Sage Foundation. It describes the four-decade effort to develop and use rigorous evidence from random assignment studies to improve social policy, particularly in the areas of welfare-to-work and anti-poverty policy.
Judith Gueron is the President Emerita at the social policy research firm MDRC. She joined MDRC as Research Director at its founding in 1974 and served as its President from 1986 to 2004. Howard Roston is a principal associate at Abt Associates. He served from 1986 to 2004 as the Director of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.