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2017 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
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1. Cheng, Simon. and Kelley, Kristin. "One Sex, Two Sexes, One Parent, Two Parents: Public Attitudes Toward Single and Same-Sex Parenthood" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Canada, Aug 09, 2017 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-07-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1255206_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Despite the centrality of child wellbeing arguments in the debates on single and same-sex parents vs. two heterosexual parents, there is surprisingly little research on public perceptions of single parents’ and same-sex couples’ parenting quality. We use data from the 2012 General Social Survey to compare and contrast public views of single parents and lesbian mothers and gay fathers. Nearly half of the respondents agree that single parents can parent as effectively as two parents and that gay and lesbian parents can parent as effectively as a male-female couple. Approximately half of the respondents provide similar responses regarding the effectiveness of single and same-sex parents, while approximately one-fourth give higher ratings to single parents and the other one-fourth give higher ratings to same-sex parents. Public attitudes vary across sociodemographic lines: men, older adults, and married respondents are less likely than their female, younger, and unmarried counterparts to view both single parents and same-sex parents as effective. Educational attainment and self-reported religiosity have greater influence on the rating of same-sex parents than of single parents, while race has a greater influence on the rating of single parents than of same-sex parents. Public views regarding both single parents and same-sex parents also are positively linked to preferences for generous childcare policies by the government, liberal gender role attitudes, and tolerance of sexual liberties. When public views regarding both single parents and same-sex parent diverge, however, public opinion regarding sexual liberties is the most influential attitudinal factor. Implications of these patterns are discussed.

2016 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: unavailable || 
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2. Kuyucu, Tuna. "Two Crises, Two Trajectories: Impact of Economic Crises on Urban Governance in Turkey" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA, Aug 17, 2016 Online <PDF>. 2019-07-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1122267_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Major economic crises are the most important drivers of policy shift in the governance of cities and their economies. But the existing literature on urban governance does not sufficiently explore the causal links between crises and urban governance shifts. The relatively small number of works on the topic are mostly descriptive single-case studies focusing on how the Great Recession that began in 2007 impacts urban regimes in advanced capitalist contexts. This is unfortunate given the frequency and intensity of economic crises experienced all around the globe in the neoliberal period, which makes it possible to construct comparative studies with the potential to advance our theoretical frames about how crises impact on urban dynamics. The purpose of this study is to explain why two major economic shocks experienced in Turkey in 2001 and 2008 led to very different policy outcomes in urban governance as well as the regulation of urban land and housing markets. While the former crisis was followed by wide-ranging decentralizing reforms in public administration, the latter crisis gave way to unprecedented centralization in urban governance as well as economic policy-making. That the same political party had been in power during the implementation of most of these reforms makes the question more interesting. The answer, I argue, lies mostly in ‘external factors’ –i.e. the state of the global economy (growth between 2001-07, recession after 2007) and prospects of Turkey’s EU membership (positive until 2008, negative after 2008). These external factors directly shaped the impact of crises on urban governance.

2018 - Comparative and International Education Society Conference Words: 588 words || 
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3. Beggs, Christine. "Are two data points worth two million dollars? Re-examining our approach to building evidence in education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Hilton Mexico City Reforma Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico, <Not Available>. 2019-07-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1354435_index.html>
Publication Type: Panel Paper
Abstract: This presentation puts forward an argument for more inclusive and transparent treatment of evidence and a call for greater contexualization of evaluations by integrating systems-thinking methods into evaluation design and interpretation. Specific recommendations based on new analyses will be presented to address these challenges.

Rigorous evaluations of education programs in developing countries have grown exponentially over the past decade. Much of this growth can be attributed to efforts by organizations such as the Center for Global Development who convened the Evaluation Gap Working Group to address the lack of rigorous evidence in the health and education sectors. The 2006 publication stemming from this initiative, "When Will We Ever Learn: Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation", put forward a strong call to action and a roadmap for increasing the number of high-quality impact evaluations to drive better programming and policy decisions. The emergence of organizations such as the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL), the International Initiative for Impact Evaluations (3ie) and the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF), gave life to this movement, making a significant expansion of impact evaluations in developing countries possible. Bi-lateral funders including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States’ Agency for International Development (USAID) began to expand their commitment to and funding for evaluations of their programs. Private foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation played a critical role through both their thought leadership and financial support. Fast forward to the present day, and we have a steady supply of well-designed and well-executed independent impact evaluations of education programs in developing countries.

A natural by-product of this increase in impact evaluations has been the need to synthesize these disparate evaluations that are measuring different outcomes, in different ways, across different contexts, into something meaningful and actionable - all while maintaining transparency, addressing issues of comparability and acknowledging limitations with respect to external validity. Welcome onto the scene an expanding set of systematic reviews; guided by protocols put forward by initiatives such as the Campbell and Cochrane Collaborations and thought-leaders including Patrick McEwan, Dave Evans, Rachel Glennerster, Paul Glewwe and Micheal Kremer. These systematic reviews are close cousins of the impact evaluation in terms of rigor and transparency and significant effort has been made to translate the findings into program and policy recommendations.

While these developments certainly signal advances in evidence building for the education sector, challenges remain. Study selection biases (geographic, publication, etc.), insufficiently detailed categorization of interventions, scarcity of evaluations that build more nuanced evidence through treatment arms, disparate measurements and methods, and striking the right balance when assessing the generalizability of findings top the list of recognized vulnerabilities in systematic reviews. We are also leaving a lot of important information and learning on the cutting floor. Taking stock for example that roughly 90% of the evaluations funded by USAID are not impact evaluations due to suitability of program designs for impact evaluations, contextual challenges, resource constraints, timing factors and other drivers; and recognizing that there is considerable investment by a range of development organizations, both northern and southern, in “internal evaluations” - we need to find a way to be more inclusive of these evaluations while maintaining sufficient transparency in methods and threats to internal and external validity.

This presentation will present specific strategies for: improving inclusivity in systematic reviews without compromising transparency and rigor; and more effective contexualization of evaluation findings by integrating systems-thinking methods, specifically causal-loop diagramming, into evaluation design and interpretation.

2006 - The Midwest Political Science Association Words: 36 words || 
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4. Malhotra, Neil. "Publication Bias: An Analysis of Two Leading Journals and Two Important Literatures" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, <Not Available>. 2019-07-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p140712_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: An audit of empirical research over the past ten years shows evidence of publication bias in two major journals (APSR and AJPS) and twoprominent literatures in political behavior (economic voting and the effect of negative advertisements).

2006 - The Midwest Political Science Association Pages: 24 pages || Words: 9147 words || 
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5. Daugbjerg, Carsten. "Two-level Games and Two-level Bargaining: Negotiating the Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 20, 2006 <Not Available>. 2019-07-20 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p139053_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture consisted of an operational and an ideational level. It is analyzed why the European Community successfully influenced the former level and why US interests prevailed at the latter.

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