A Student's Look at the 2014 Spring Conference

Becky Kelleman is a public policy student at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She attended three sessions at the recent Spring Conference.


Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence

Authors Scott E. Carrell and Mark Hoekstra find that although children exposed to as-yet-unreported domestic violence reduce the achievement of their classroom peers, these costs disappear completely once the parent reports the violence to the court.


The Role of Contraception in Preventing Abortion, Nonmarital Childbearing, and Child Poverty

The authors simulate the effects of changes in contraceptive bhavior among unmarried young women and men on rates of nonmarital childbearing, abortion, and child poverty.


Spotlight: Claremont Graduate University

As an independent graduate institution, CGU is striking in its global linkages and partnerships, innovative in the ways it teaches, and responsive in its research to social issues and needs.


APPAM Debuts Online Paper Collection Resource

Featuring 33 papers, this online collection represents a selected cross-section of works first presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference last November.


Why Invest in an APPAM Membership?

Being an APPAM member is about joining a highly experienced network of educators, researchers, public policy analysts, and other like-minded individuals and institutions.



Thursday, April 24, 2014
Authors Steven W. Hemelt and Dave E. Marcotte look at a key form of student-level accountability in the requirement for students to pass high school exit exams (HSEEs) in order to receive a diploma. Their paper, "High School Exit Exams and Dropout in an Era of Increased Accountability," published in the Spring 2013 issue of JPAM, examine the impact of HSEEs on dropout during a period when these exams became more common and rigorous.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Random assignment experimentation, once used primarily in medical clinical trials, is now an accepted method among social scientists across a broad range of disciplines. The technique is used to evaluate a variety of programs from microfinance and welfare reform to housing vouchers and teaching methods. So how did randomized experiments move beyond the realm of medicine and into the social sciences? Can these methods be used effectively to evaluate complex social problems and programs?
Monday, April 21, 2014
On Thursday, April 24, APPAM and Abt Associates is hosting a day-long Institutional Member Forum at the University Club in downtown Washington, DC. "Social Experiments in Practice: The Why, When, Where, and How of Experimental Design and Analysis" will explore how recent methodological advances can address real-world realities in the United States and abroad.
Monday, April 21, 2014
With encouragement and assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, many local governments and metropolitan coalitions are mapping opportunity to inform the development of regional sustainable communities plans. In this week's Online Paper Collection featured work, the authors examine the notion that the neighborhood in which a person lives shapes their social and economic opportunities is not new, but how opportunity is to be measured.

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