PETER H. ROSSI is currently Professor of Sociology and Director of the Social and Demographic Research Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has been on the faculties of Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago, where he also served as Director of the National Opinion Research Center. He has been a consultant on research methods and evaluation to (among others) the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, the Federal Trade Commission, and Russell Sage Foundation. His research has largely been concerned with the application of social research methods to social issues and he is currently engaged in research on natural disasters and criminal justice. His most recent works include Evaluating Social Programs (with W. Williams ), Reforming Public Welfare (with K. Lyall), and Prison Reform and State Elites (with R. A. Berk). Professor Rossi is currently coeditor of Social Science Research. In 1979-80, he will be president of the American Sociological Association.
HOWARD E. FREEMAN is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was Morse Professor of Urban Studies at Brandeis University from 1963 to 1972, and has been associated with Harvard University, the Ford Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation. Currently Professor Freeman is a research advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the co-editor of Evaluation Quarterly: A Journal of Applied Social Research. He is former editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and associate editor of American Sociological Review and Social Problems. His books include: Social Problems. A Policy Perspective and The Mental Patient Comes Home. He is the editor of the Handbook of Medical Sociology as well as the 1978 edition of the Policy Studies Review Annual. Professor Freeman undertakes evaluations in the health and mental health fields.
SONIA R. WRIGHT is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a senior staff member of the Social and Demographic Research Institute. From 1969 to 1973 she was associated with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. Past academic associations and consultantships include National Science,