State Policy Network
SPN 28th Annual Meeting Keynote: Presentations of Ed-Prize and Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement
State Policy Network announces the 2020 Bob Williams Awards winners, the inaugural recipients of the Ed-Prize, and the recipients of the Network Award.

During this awards presentation, State Policy Network announced the 2020 Bob Williams Awards winners, the inaugural recipients of the Ed-Prize, and the recipients of the Network Award. Congratulations to all of our winners!

2020 Bob Williams Award Winners

The Bob Williams Awards for Outstanding Policy Achievement celebrate state think tanks doing exceptional work to develop and disseminate credible policy research and ideas that can help states implement free-market solutions that will have national impact. The awards are named in honor of our Network’s most iconic policy maven and a friend to many, Bob Williams.

Most Influential Research: Congratulations to the Alabama Policy Institute for their ability to get credible research in front of those leading Alabama’s coronavirus response.

Best Issue Campaign: Congratulations to the Center of the American Experiment for their exceptional Back2Work Minnesota campaign.

Biggest Home State Win: Congratulations to the Yankee Institute, whose tax and licensing reform helped many Connecticuts to endure the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Biggest Win for Freedom: Congratulations to the Commonwealth Foundation for the success of their criminal justice reform initiative for Pennsylvania.

Read the full announcement of SPN’s 2020 Bob Williams Award winners, and see the inspiring stories from the finalists in each category.

Inaugural Ed-Prize Winners

To encourage state think tanks to advance innovative education policies that will support students and families, SPN partnered with the generous Arthur N Rupe Foundation in California to launch the inaugural Ed-Prize. Open to state think tank affiliate members of SPN, Ed-Prize is designed to incentivize ambitious, innovative solutions that implement flexible learning models, drive accountability through transparency, and improve student performance in K-12 education.

Alaska Policy Forum

Congratulations to the Alaska Policy Forum, and good luck with the launch of your Education Funding Reform Initiative. We’re excited to see Alaska’s students benefit from outcome-driven funding.

Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Congratulations to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. We look forward to seeing Michigan ease restrictions to expand school choice and increase access to digital education.

See the full story of the winners.

SPN Network Award

This year presented a number of policy problems, perhaps most pressing of which was insuring proper access to healthcare. Thankfully, state policymakers could look to a coalition of healthcare experts: State Policy Network’s Healthcare Working Group (HCWG).

At SPN’s 28th Annual Meeting, SPN recognized the leadership and success of this Network coalition by presenting the 2020 Network Award to state think tanks from the HCWG. These organizations ensured our healthcare system was ready for the challenges brought on by the coronavirus:

Congratulations to all seven of these organizations, and the entire HCGW, for their exceptional work on expanding healthcare supply and access at a time when people need it the most.

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Organization: State Policy Network