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Burt S. Barnow Faculty Member

During the past reporting period, I have continued my research, teaching, and service at the Trachtenberg School. I am now in a phased retirement program where I am paid on a half-time basis My research continues to focus on program evaluation, performance measurement, and labor economics. I have a number of active research projects, three of which are sponsored research funded by the U.S. Department of Labor through subcontracts. I had a co-authored paper on lessons for the European Union from US experienceon unemployment insurance published in the International Social Security Review, and I had a co-authored paper accepeted (but not yet published) in the American Journal of Evaluation. I also had a co-authored paper on contracting out employment and training services appear in a book. I have papers presented at international conferences in the United Kingdom and China that are supposed to be published in forthcoming books by the International Labour Organization and the China Development Research Foundation. My colleague David Greenberg and I edited a special issue on the uses and limitations of administrative data and survey data for Evaluation Review, one of the top journals in program evaluation; the first half of the special issue was published in the October 2018 issue, and the second half was published in 2019.The second half of the special issue includes our interpretive essay, which summarizes work in the field and our assessment of future work needed. I continued to co-teach the PhD seminar in public finance and human capital . This course was highly successful, and rating on most questions were at or above the school average. (I do not teach many courses because I am half-time, I receive a course release for administering the PhD program, and because I have an endowed chair.) I have continued my service to the university, the profession, and the community in several ways. I have served as Director of the Ph.D. program at the Trachtenberg School since January 2018. In spite of a decline in financial aid packages from 7 when I started to 2 for the upcoming year and the uncertainty generated by the COVID19 crisis, we have been able to recruit 12 students for the upcoming year, more than in any year in recent history. We have also done well at recruiting students from underrepresented groups, with 3 of the 12 being black or African American. The entering class appreciates the attention paid during the admission process, and some quotes from emails received follow. "I wanted to let you know that I just officially accepted my offer to attend GW for my PhD! Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me and connecting me with several people on campus. I greatly appreciate it, and it made my decision much easier. I'm excited to begin the program in the fall and looking forward to working with you and everyone at GW." "Just wanted to write you to let you know that I've accepted the offer of admission for GW's Public Policy Ph.D. program this fall. Thank you so much for your help during the decision process. I really appreciate our conversations and your assistance in connecting me with the Reg Studies Center and GWIPP. I look forward to meeting you once we're on the other side of things. Thanks again." "Hope you and your family are well and healthy during these trying times. Many thanks for the introductions and information on our cohort, I'm humbled to be joining this group of up-and-coming scholars! "I really can't thank you enough for your thoughtful, responsive engagement over the last few chaotic weeks. I plan to accept the offer of admission shortly. Your consideration throughout this process has only increased my feelings of gratitude for being admitted and excitement about the prospect of working together throughout the program. Once the world is righted on its axis, I look forward to meeting in person." "Appreciate the update. I cannot thank you enough for the time you, Prof. Carrigan, Prof. Cordes and Lindsey have already invested in helping me out. If I can help at all in the interim please let me know." Service to the professional community includes being Associate Editor for Methods for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and Consulting Editor for Evaluation Review; these journals are the premier journals in public policy and program evaluation, respectively. I am also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Policy Studies. I served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Assessing the Minerva Initiative and the Contribution of Social Science to Addressing Security Concerns, my 11th NAS committee. I serve on the Social Security Administration Panel of Outside Scholars and Practitioners for the Retirement and Disability Research Consortium. My service to the community includes serving on the District of Columbia's Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Committee; I was appointed to this statutory body by the Mayor of DC and approved by the City Council, and my appointment was recently renewed for a three-year term.

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