Forthcoming Public Policy Forums to be announced.
Public policy events at Rockefeller College and the University at Albany
Recent Forums and Events
Strengthening the Security of Public Sector Defined Benefit Plans
Co-Sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the State Budget Crisis Task Force
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government held a presentation on the crisis of underfunding of public sector defined benefit plans. The program formally unveiled the Rockefeller Institute’s Blinken Report, a study entitled “Strengthening the Security of Public Sector Defined Benefit Plans,” prepared by the Institute in cooperation with the State Budget Crisis Task Force established by former NYS Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch and former Federal Reserve Board Chair Paul Volcker.
During the course of the presentation, panelists considered how structural deficiencies in the way public sector defined benefit plans are funded have contributed to underfunding of plans by as much as $2-3 trillion. In addition to an examination of the problem, presenters also unveiled important new recommendations for these plans which, if implemented, could ensure that benefits are funded more securely.
Participating on the panel were thought leaders from the American Enterprise Institute, Governing Institute, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Urban Institute, as well as the report’s authors, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow Don Boyd and Peter Kiernan, an attorney and senior member of the administrations of former NYS Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.
Open Health Data, Open Opportunities Workshop
Co-Sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the New York State Health Foundation
Friday, November 22, 2013
How can releasing millions of data points improve the health of New Yorkers? This interactive workshop brought together researchers and practitioners to explore how open health data can be a viable new resource for health research and developing innovative health interventions.
The workshop introduced public health researchers from across the state to newly available open health data resources. In addition, participants provided input to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) on what kinds of data for research are in demand.
Specific objectives of the workshop were to:
- Promote academic research on health issues confronting New York State by providing researchers with information about how to access and navigate the state’s open data portals;
- Provide the NYSDOH and other policy leaders with feedback on the usability of the state’s open health data for research purposes;
- Facilitate networking among health researchers and practitioners in New York State; and
- Further develop a community of health policy scholars among State University of New York campuses.