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2012 Campbell Colloquium: Plenary speakers

The program for the 2012 Campbell Colloquium features plenary speakers who are internationally recognized in each of their fields for outstanding contribution to evidence-based policy and practice.

Professor Sandra M. Nutley will open the Colloquium on Tuesday 29 May. She is internationally recognized for her work on research use and evidence-based policy and practice in public services and will present her work on the challenges and future directions of using reliable evidence to influence public policy in OECD countries. Professor Nutley was awarded the 2011 Robert Boruch Award for Distinctive Contribution to Research that Informs Public Policy. She is Chair of Public Management, University of Edinburgh, Business School, and the director of The Research Unit of Research Utilization. Her important contribution to the field is summarised in two key books: What Works: evidence-based policy and practice in public services (Davies, Nutley and Smith, 2000, Policy Press); Using Evidence: how research can inform public services (Nutley, Walter and Davies, 2007, Policy Press). Prof. Nutley's research interests are the use of research, evidence-based policy and practice, public service audit and inspection, public management reform, managing change and human resource management.
Read her abstract here.

Cynthia Lum, the Deputy Director and Associate Professor of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University, has changed policing with her work in the area of crime prevention effectiveness, street level police decision-making and local law enforcement and state counterterrorism efforts. Her contribution to improving police work is not limited to research, but also how it is used. She has developed the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix, a translation tool designed for police practitioners to better institutionalize and utilize research on "what works" in policing into their strategic and tactical portfolio.

Eileen Munro is a Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Her long experience as a social worker before entering academia puts her in a unique position to appreciate the connection between research and policy. Dr Munro's current research interests include the role of the wider organisational system in promoting or hindering good critical thinking. She is known internationally for her most recent work on child protection in England, commissioned by the Secretary of State for Education. Dr Munro will discuss how concepts of objectivity and subjectivity are used in discussing evidence based practice in the child welfare sector.

For participants interested in education, the 2012 Colloquium features two of the most influential champions of evidence-based practice in education.
The Rt. Hon. Baroness Estelle Morris was a teacher in an inner city multi-racial school for 18 years before she entered parliament and in 2001 became the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. Estelle served two years as Minister at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and left parliament in 2005. Her background has allowed her to see the education landscape from teacher to policy maker and her experience is reflected in her work at the Institute of Effective Education at the University of York where she aims to help the teaching profession become more evidence based.

Lynn Okagaki is the inaugural Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware. She is known for having established the IES scientific peer review system during her time at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education. Under her leadership, the IES National Center for Education research launched innovative research programs, including the Reading for Understanding Initiative and the Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies. She has held a variety of appointments at prestigious institutions, including associate dean for research and graduate education at the School of Consumer and Family Sciences and professor of Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. Her research has focused on academic achievement as influenced by culture and family values.

The Campbell Collaboration established the International Development coordinating group (IDCG) in 2011 in partnership with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and with it a new focus on social and economic development interventions which aim to improve the quality of life for people in low- and middle-income countries. These include interventions in the areas of agriculture and rural development; banking and finance; transport, energy, water and sanitation infrastructure; social development; and governance.

The Campbell Collaboration is proud to announce that Professor Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Noordin Noormahomed Sheriff Professor & Founding Chair of the Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan will be presenting on Thursday 31 May. Professor Bhutta's work exemplifies the mandate of the Campbell International Development group. Professor Bhutta's research interests include newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. He leads a large research group based in Pakistan with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence based interventions in community settings and health systems research. He is an advisory board member for the Campbell International Development Coordinating Group.
He has won several awards, including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research (2000), the President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan (2004) and the Outstanding Paediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). Professor Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Global Child Health award (2009) by the Program for Global Pediatric Research for outstanding contributions to Global Child Health and Research and has recently been elected an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for contributions to international child health.

For more information about the 2012 Plenary speakers please visit the Campbell Colloquium website.