Panel 1

Evidence-Based Policy & Practice
This panel will discuss evidence-based policy and practice in federal, local, and nonprofit contexts.

The Unexpectedly Uncoerced, Multipurpose, Collaboratively Delimited Promotion of Evidence Use by Federal Funding Programs
Christopher Horne, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Numerous agencies publish guidance for basing program design on evidence and host registries that assign “evidence-based” status to programs and strategies. This research uses actual funding programs to determine the content of their evidence use requirements so that we can better assess what funding programs are actually requiring in terms of evidence. The findings are based on analysis of all federal project grant program announcements in the area of youth development: 56 programs from 7 agencies. Qualitative analysis of the funding announcements finds that types of intended evidence use span the entire program design and implementation process and vary in terms of coerciveness from required to simply recommended, but with no requirement to select program designs from pre-approved lists as some have feared. The presentation concludes with recommendations for institutionalizing balance in program design.

Large Community, Small Data: A Qualitative Inquiry of a Complex Partnership
Christina Bernhardt, UCF Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
Ashley Connors, UCF Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
Michael Carroll, UCF Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
Ramon Nieves, UCF Doctoral Program in Public Affairs

This presentation will detail the students’ experiences throughout the process of working with stakeholders to move UCF programs to the downtown campus. It will highlight the ways in which qualitative data can inform university-community policymaking and partnerships. Given a project such as UCF Downtown, in which it was vital to include the insights and concerns of all stakeholders, this qualitative approach provided the greatest opportunity to capture the representative voices of all involved while also highlighting the different policy issues faced by each partner and the decisions made.

Effects of Electronic Media Messages on the Perceived Self-Efficacy of Pedestrian Commuters living in the Unincorporated Central Florida Community of Conway
Daniel Stephens, UCF School of Public Administration

This study examines the influence of electronic media regarding pedestrian safety on the perceived self-efficacy of pedestrians at the Central Florida community of Conway by using a qualitative analysis. The four themes that emerged from the data analysis – communication, safety, cost, and happiness – characterize the experiences of the participants as they watched positively-themed media images modeling civil travel behavior.

Transparency in Nonprofit Budgeting
Suzette Myser, UCF School of Public Administration

Transparency is important for nonprofit organizations and ethical budgeting. How transparent are budgets and budgeting practices in nonprofit organizations? Public sector budgets are very transparent by comparison. Thorough and full budget narratives accompany figures and detailed budget materials that are often posted online and archived for public access for governmental organizations. This research examines nonprofit budgets, their availability for public review, and the impact on research.