A Dynamic Network Study on Consolidating State Governance
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

Hear from Christine Pitts, a policy advisor at the Northwest Evaluation Association who collaborates with researchers, policymakers, and state leaders to study and advocate for policies that advance equity in education. 

In 2011, Oregon was one of eight states in the U.S. consolidating their education governance around an early learning, K-12, and postsecondary hub. This study uses legislator votes to investigate the relationship between consolidated governance and endogenous policy formulation. The results highlight evidence of dense legislator networks, with a high likelihood of forming ties over time. When Oregon shifted to centralized education governance their legislator networks became more cohesive compared to other years included in the study. It is possible that this shift prompted collaboration among legislators resulting in mutuality. Aligned with previous research, this study found that centralized governing bodies reinforced by legislation provided collaborative initiatives for the legislators.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 | 2 -3 p.m.

Cramer Hall, Room 265

The monthly Quantitative Data Analysis to Improve the Lives of Youth (QDAILY) research group meetings are aimed at stimulating applied quantitative research across Portland; providing a venue for researchers to receive methodological and theoretical feedback; and facilitating community, networking, and interdisciplinary collaboration.