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The Power of Polling

December 16, 2002
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The second part of this session will examine how public policy is shaped by opinion polling, how organizations sample public opinion, and how business and political leaders use this information in the policy debate. Part of the discussion will focus on exit polling and explore how elections can be "called" prior to the polls closing. We will also examine the results of recent state and national elections and discuss how these elections have impacted relationships between the majority and minority parties in Congress and in the Michigan Legislature.


Session A Resource Persons:

Session B Resource Person:

Mr. Ed Sarpolus
Vice President
EPIC/MRA
4710 W. Saginaw
Lansing, MI
(517) 886-0860

Ed Sarpolus has played a major role in making EPIC/MRA the most quoted source of survey research in Michigan, as well as a regularly quoted source by national media outlets and publications, particularly on issues of international trade. Major clients include the Detroit Free Press with more than 600,000 daily readers, the Lansing State Journal, Oakland Press, the Flint Journal, as well as most television news outlets in Michigan, including WXYZ- ABC TV-7 in Detroit, ABC TV-12 in Flint, WOOD TV-8 in Grand Rapids, TV-5 in Saginaw, WLNS TV-6 in Lansing and WILX TV-10, also in Lansing. Election day exit polling conducted by EPIC/MRA is not only covered by print media clients, but television coverage of election day survey results covers more than three quarters of Michigan's viewing audience.

Other EPIC/MRA research on major topics of public interest, as well as election polling results, are regularly covered not only by Michigan media outlets, but also by national outlets. Sarpolus has appeared as a commentator on PBS, CNN World News, Inside Politics-CNN, MSNBC, Nightline, ABC and NBC News. Sarpolus has also been regularly interviewed by Michigan radio stations and NPR, quoted in most major national publications including Time, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe and the National Journal. EPIC/MRA research results and commentary by Sarpolus has also been a regular contributor to the Polling Report, The Hotline, and Congress Daily. Finally, because of his extensive experience on trade issues, Sarpolus has been a featured speaker for groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Consumers for World Trade.

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The Role of Think Tanks & Policy Centers

November 18, 2002
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The first part of this session will explore how public policy is shaped by think tanks and other organizations which work at the intersection of research, policy and politics. We will examine the work of both public and private sector organizations and analyze how their reports, studies and information are used by business and political leaders in the policy debate.


Session A Resource Persons:

Mr. Jeff Padden
President
Public Policy Associates
119 Pere Marquette Drive
Lansing, MI 48912-1231
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Jeff Padden is the founder and president of Public Policy Associates, a firm that is recognized across the nation as a leader in public policy research, development, and evaluation. Currently, he is directing a 13-site national evaluation for the U.S. Department of Labor and a study of school-to-work charter schools across the nation for the U.S. Department of Education. Recent clients include a variety of federal, state, regional, and local agencies; foundations; universities; and private organizations. He frequently provides performance measurement, evaluation technical assistance, and strategic counsel to clients. His areas of content expertise include economic and business development, education and workforce, health care, and environmental policy. Mr. Padden has hosted and addressed numerous conferences, seminars, and workshops dealing with a wide range of public policy issues and innovations, and he has authored numerous nationally recognized reports and publications.

In addition to his work at PPA, his experience of over 25 years in the public policy arena has included roles as deputy director of the Michigan Department of Commerce, Director of the Governor's Human Investment Project, and five terms in the Michigan House of Representatives. Mr. Padden's consulting work has taken him to nearly 30 states. This unique combination of legislative, administrative, and private-sector experience has provided him with a pragmatic perspective that is particularly valuable to clients. He holds a bachelor's degree from Wayne State University and a master's degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Dr. David N. Plank

Director, The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University
and Professor, Department of Educational Administration,
College of Education

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David Plank is Director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University and a professor of educational administration specializing in the areas of educational policy and educational finance. He has conducted research and served as a consultant in these areas in the United States, Africa, and Latin America. His research interests focus on the relationship between democratic governance and policy change in educational systems. He is co-investigator on three studies of school choice and school reform in Michigan. The first, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, explores the enactment of competing reform strategies in professional development schools and charter schools. The second, funded by the Spencer Foundation, investigates the ecological effects of expanded opportunities for school choice in metropolitan Lansing. The third, funded by the Michigan Legislature, compares the impacts of school choice in Lansing, Detroit, and Grand Rapids. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


Mr. Joseph Overton
Senior Vice President
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
140 West Main Street
P.O. Box 568
Midland, Michigan 48640
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Joseph Overton is Senior Vice President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, an independent, non-profit research and educational organization located in Midland, Michigan. At the Center, Mr. Overton directs research projects, staff operations and strategic planning. He has also written a variety of Center studies and commentaries.

Mr. Overton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission upon recommendation by the Michigan Supreme Court. He currently serves a term expiring in 2003.

Before joining the Mackinac Center, Mr. Overton held a variety of positions at The Dow Chemical Company, including Electrical Engineer, Project Manager, and Quality Specialist. Mr. Overton has been involved in studying and promoting free market principles for over a decade. His work has taken him to Poland, Nicaragua, the People's Republic of China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Colombia, Malawi, Mozambique, Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and most recently India.


Mr. Earl Ryan 
President
Citizens Research Council of Michigan
38777 Six Mile Road, Suite 208
Livonia, MI 48152-2660
(734) 542-8001

Mr. Ryan returned to the Citizens Research Council (CRC) in 1994 after seven and a half years as the first President of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute in Indianapolis. He started with CRC in 1967 in Lansing and worked for Michigan state government as a program evaluation analyst from 1970 to 1977. He returned to CRC in 1977 and became Research Director in 1979. He served as President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana from 1984 to 1987. Mr. Ryan received the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1991 from the Wayne State University Graduate Program in Public Administration.

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Establishing a Policy Framework

October 28, 2002
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This seminar will focus on two topics. The first is designed to advance the development of the EPFP learning teams, and the second will explore a set of concepts and strategies for creating a policy framework. Fellows will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of how public policy is developed and implemented. Several policy issues of current concern to Michigan citizens will also be examined.

 

Session A: Establishing Learning Teams

Resource Persons: Coordinators and Fellows

During the 2002-03 program year the Michigan Fellows will participate on one or more Learning Teams and gain experience working in a virtual learning community. The Learning Teams will be responsible for planning a series of future EPFP sessions on a set of topics which have been identified by this year's participants. During this session the Fellows will review and refine the set of proposed topics identified to date, establish diverse cross boundary teams, and develop strategies for effective team participation. Additional Learning Team Information has been posted at here

Session B Resource Person: Mayor David Hollister, City of Lansing

Following a teaching career which began in 1965 and after six years of public service as a county commissioner, David Hollister was elected to the position of State Representative from Lansing's 57th District (now the 69th District) in 1974 and served until December 1993. He was elected Mayor of Lansing in November of 1993, and was re-elected to a second four-year term which began on January 1, 1998. In November, 2001, Mayor Hollister was elected to a third term of office.

As a State Legislator, Mr. Hollister served as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where he co-chaired the Subcommittees on Social Services and Mental Health. In addition, he served on the Appropriation Subcommittees of Public Health, School Aid/Department of Education, and Transportation. Mr. Hollister also was a member of the Task Force for Investment Budgeting and Michigan's Future, and chaired the Job Academy Subcommittee of this Task Force.

In his legislative role, Mr. Hollister was active in working on public health issues concerning indigent health care, AIDS, long-term care, certificate-of-need and cost containment for hospitals and nursing homes, organ transplantation, toxic waste, infant mortality, substance abuse, domestic violence, emergency shelter and food. In the area of social services, Mr. Hollister played a key role in the Michigan Legislature on issues such as child care, homelessness, energy assistance and weatherization programs for low income and public assistance recipients, and employment and training programs for welfare recipients. In the area of mental health, he was a leader and advocate in the shift from institutional to community care.

Mayor Hollister has been invited to speak to the Michigan EPFP Fellows for the past 16 years and is consistently rated as one of our most popular and important policy resources. He was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award at the 2000 Michigan EPFP Alumni Seminar.

Fellows should refer to the Michigan EPFP 'Links and Publications' page to review Mayor Hollister's WebBook, "On Organizing" for additional resource material.

 

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