Use of Evidence in Policy & Practice Award

This award is intended to recognize an individual who has fostered or engaged with evidence to make meaningful improvements to education policy or practice. These efforts can take multiple forms such as (but not limited to) serving as the policy or practice lead for a formal research partnership, facilitating the use of evidence on a day-to-day basis in their organization, or implementing an important new evidence-based policy or program that improves educational opportunities or outcomes. 



This award recognizes individuals working outside of academic or research settings who have made a substantial contribution to using evidence in the practice of education or in the development or implementation of education policy. Examples of organizations where candidates may come from include, but are not limited to: non-profit organizations, schools, local, state or federal education agencies (including teachers, school administrators, or researchers embedded in education agencies), or individuals working in the legislative branch of local, state or federal governments. Individuals whose primary appointment is as a researcher in an academic or research institution are not eligible for this award.


Selection Criteria 

Recipients  will be selected based on the extent to which their efforts led to meaningful improvements to education policy or practice. The committee will consider the nominee’s role in the work as well as its practical impact, including the depth and breadth of the improvements realized as a result.  In addition, the awards committee will look favorably on nominees with a history of engagement in AEFP.


The recipient will receive a monetary award and a plaque presented at the annual AEFP conference in addition to a subsidy to attend the annual AEFP conference.

Submission Process and Nominations

Anyone may nominate individuals for the early career award. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. It is not necessary to be nominated by someone else.

Nomination Requirements

Nominations must include:

  • CV
  • A nomination form
  • A short statement in the nomination form describing the work meriting the award and how it has impacted education finance and/or policy.
  • (Optional) If the nominee has past engagement with AEFP that is not reflected in their CV, a brief description of that engagement can be included in the nomination form