2013 International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) Conference

Tayo Fabusuyi chaired the Economics, Markets, and Networks Session at the INSNA Annual Conference in Hamburg, Germany. He also made a presentation on a novel approach for studying the structure of an economy using a combination of Network and Input–Output Analysis. The methodology employs input-output multipliers for the visualization of economies and for the computation of a set of network metrics which identify the inter-relationships among industries within the economy.
A copy of the presentation is available here.

George C. Marshall Visit to Austria (Sept 2013)

Victoria Hill is a member of a team of nine experts that will be participating in this year’s George C. Marshall visit to Austria Program. The subject for this year’s visit is “Advanced Manufacturing / Access to Innovation, Securing the Talent Pipeline.”  The program was established in 2007 by the Austrian government to recognize the assistance Austria received from the US after World War II. Every year, the program brings to Austria a group of decision makers from the US Congress and administration, various federal and state-level agencies, as well as think tanks and industry associations to highlight Austrian innovations in industry and technology.

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South by South West (SXSW) Eco Conference (Oct 2013)

Victoria Hill has been asked to be a speaker on a panel entitled “Engaging Youth in Green Innovation” at SXSW Eco, a conference being held in Austin, Texas, October 6-9, 2013. SXSW Eco hosts an international audience of thought leaders and decision-makers working towards a sustainable and prosperous future to solve the complex challenges facing civil society, the economy and the natural world. The platform provides cross-sector opportunities for discussion on critical matters towards actionable and profitable solutions.


Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies (Jan 2013) Conference

Tayo Fabusuyi presented a practice ready paper at the Jan meeting of the TRB in Washington D.C. The paper, co-wrote with Victoria Hill and Robert Hampshire documents the framework utilized for both the formative and summative evaluation of a smart parking application that provides real time information on parking availability. The contributions of the approach are the insights it provides on how the key challenges created by the unique environment within which the system was deployed were addressed. In addition, the framework was employed in tackling response shift bias through the use of a binary system approach that uniquely identifies distinct cohorts of respondents.
More information on the practice ready paper is available here.

American Evaluation Association Mixed Methods Topical Interest Group (July 2012)

Tayo Fabusuyi and Victoria Hill contributed a blog entry on using a mixed method approach for evaluating a year-long program in Western Pennsylvania for high-school aged African American males. The framework employed was an open systems one in which three interrelated forms of behavioral changes were examined using two forms of inquiry. The approach allowed the evaluation team probe beyond program outputs to a more comprehensive assessment that takes into consideration the broader influences that often affect program outcomes of this nature. The evaluation strategy also naturally lends itself to data triangulation an attribute that helped reduce the risk of incorrect interpretations and strengthen the validity of the conclusions reached.

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American Evaluation Association blog on Community of Practice (January 2012)

Tayo Fabusuyi called for the establishment of a community of practice for the advocacy evaluation field, where evaluators working on advocacy and policy change evaluations can share with and learn from one another.  He argued that one of the hallmarks of a nascent field, of which advocacy evaluation is one, is the absence of consensus on nomenclature and standards that most stakeholders subscribe to. It thus becomes imperative to foster a community of practice to aid in exchanging knowledge and in creating a body of work that addresses this deficit.

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18th Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Conference (October 2011)

A demonstration of the pilot project on parking availability within Pittsburgh’s Cultural District was showcased at the 18th ITS World Conference in Orlando Florida. The deliberation centered on the project’s unique characteristics that include the collaborative efforts of funders, academia, nonprofit and for-profit entities that were involved in the project, the environment in which the product was deployed and the richness of the data from which the prediction model and the robust evaluation strategy drew upon. Preliminary results from the evaluation and next steps to be taken for a full project implementation were also discussed.
A copy of the paper is available here.

Risk Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 2011)

Tayo Fabusuyi presented an analytics project that integrates uncertainty into the strategy formulation process at the Palisade Risk Conference in Amsterdam. The approach, applied to a manufacturing firm, combines both MCDM with Monte Carlo simulation with the objective of developing a strategic production plan that will achieve the best use of existing facilities while providing information on the possible expansion of the firm’s productive capacities. Through this approach, Numeritics was able to deliver a strategic plan that not only performs well across a broad spectrum of possibilities but is also nimble enough to respond quickly to unexpected events and contingencies.

A copy of the presentation is available here.