OPEG Awards

Roberta O’Keefe Recognition Award: To recognize an OPEG member involved with serving and promoting OPEG in an exceptional manner. Nominees must have held one or more OPEG offices or committee chairs; promoted OPEG programs at the local, regional, or state level; completed or engaged in several OPEG special assignments; and have been active OPEG members for 5+ years.

Evaluation Recognition Award: To recognize an individual and/or special body of evaluation work. Nominees must have conducted quality program evaluation; promoted evaluation efforts at the local, regional, or state level; completed or engaged in an exceptional study; and conducted or participated in a number of evaluation studies.



Dr. Kim Downing & Dr. Rob Fischer, 2011 OPEG Awardees

2011 OPEG Awardee

In May, 2011, Rob Fischer, OPEG’s immediate past President, received the Roberta O’Keefe Recognition Award for outstanding service to the organization. Currently, Rob is the Co-director of Case Western Reserve University’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Rob served on the OPEG Board for many years, most recently as President from 2005 to 2011. The Board was well-served by his steady, guiding hand and wealth of institutional and historical knowledge. Upon receiving his award, Dr. Fischer surprised the audience by reading a poem he had written about his time with OPEG, which can be read here.

Dr. Kim Downing & Dr. Rob Fischer, 2011 OPEG Awardees Dr. Kimberly Downing is the 2011 recipient of the OPEG Evaluation Recognition Award. A political scientist by training, Kim graduated from Michigan State University and received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Kim has been with the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati since 1995, and currently serves as Co-Director of the Institute. A highly regarded public opinion researcher and scholar, Kim’s work over the last decade evaluating organ and tissue donation promotion initiatives has been particularly influential. She has conducted federally-funded studies of Ohio’s first-person consent organ donation registry and work to encourage older adults to become donors.


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