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2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference Early Registration Deadline
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September 30, 2016

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The APPAM Fall Research Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, workshops, symposia, and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.
 
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2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference Regular Registration Deadline
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October 08, 2016

All Day Event


The APPAM Fall Research Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, workshops, symposia, and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.
 
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University of Arizona

2014 Fall Research Conference Policy Areas

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This year, the Fall Research Conference sessions will be divided across 14 broad policy areas.

Education

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Head Start, pre-K, kindergarten, elementary education, high school, college, student loans, school and teacher accountability, disadvantaged students, charter schools, grants and financial aid, teacher evaluation and effectiveness, curriculum, student achievement and attainment, class size and composition, after school and summer programs, Veterans (GI Bill), arts and culture programs in schools, etc.

Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Performance management, citizen assessments of public performance, measuring efficacy of federal, state and local programs, block grants, intergovernmental finance, nonprofit management and finance, program implementation, citizen engagement, tax policy, knowledge management, public information sharing, budget cuts, government priorities, etc.

Family and Child Policy

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Child support enforcement, child care access, subsidies and quality, infants and toddlers, child wellbeing, parental education and employment, vulnerable children and families, school readiness, intergenerational mobility, childhood hunger, family resource and income management, familial immigration concerns, single parent and child custody issues, marriage and family planning, etc.

Poverty and Income Policy

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Food insecurity, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP), welfare, school breakfast and lunch programs, personal retirement planning and income, the Great Recession outcomes, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), poverty reduction programs, personal asset reduction, disaster assistance, Veterans assistance, disability programs and Social and Supplemental Security issues, etc.

Tools of Analysis: Methods, Data, Informatics, and Empirical Design

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Methods of analysis, data collection and structuring, research design, policy informatics, computational modeling, system dynamics, data visualization, applications of analytic methods, evidence-based decision making, estimating causal effects, assessing bias, etc.

Health  Policy

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act (ACA), barriers to health care access, wellness programs for aging populations and persons with disabilities, rehabilitation programs for Veterans, obesity and nutrition (exclusive of SNAP and WIC), reproductive health, health care costs, physician behaviors, health literacy, alcohol, drug and tobacco use, arts programs as rehabilitation, etc.

Housing and Community Development

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues:  Housing stipends, Section-8 housing, community development plans to alleviate crime and poverty, foreclosures, home ownership, relocation assistance, Federal Housing Assistance Loans (FHAs), mortgage assistance, home owner and rental insurance, Veterans lending programs, etc.

Social Equity

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Gender (including transgender and non-binary gender identification), race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration and LGBT issues, as well as affirmative action and diversity programs, etc. May have overlap with Employment and Training Programs on affirmative action and diversity hiring programs.

Employment and Training Programs

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Unemployment, underemployment, re-training programs, Veterans’ transition to civilian careers, workplace accommodation for persons with disabilities, earned income tax credit (EITC), unemployment insurance, internships, outsourcing. May overlap with Social Equity on affirmative action and diversity hiring programs. May overlap with Crime and Drugs on prisoner re-acclimation and job training.

Natural Resource Security, Energy, and Environmental Policy

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues:  Energy options, utilization, research for new sources of energy, pollution, waterways, conservation efforts, protected land and species, natural resource scarcity and management, green economies, land reform, climate change, sustainability, etc.

Impact of Politics on the Policy Process

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Implementing policy, policy reform, policymaking, policy procedures, political participation in policy, policy analysis, accommodating changing attitudes, grant policies, policy across all levels of government: federal, state and local, government efficiency, participation in governance, bureaucracy, intergovernmental relations, budget allocations, the effect of politics on policy, elections, global politics, etc.

Crime and Drugs

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Drug use and legalization, incarceration effects, prisoner outcomes, police and court processes, international crime, black markets, corruption, rehabilitation programs, recidivism, human rights abuses, etc.  May overlap with Employment and Training Programs on prisoner re-acclimation and job training.

Science and Technology 

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Funding and interpretation of science, research and development impacts, science as evidence in policymaking, innovation, knowledge sharing across national borders, knowledge management, technology’s effect on changing mores, etc.

Population and Migration Issues **NEW**

This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Immigration trends, culture, population growth and decline, aging populations, policy reactions to demographic changes, minority and immigrant migration, labor migration across borders, etc. 

 
 
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