2016 Spring Conference


2016 APPAM Spring Conference

Promoting Justice Through Research and Practice

April 8 - 9, 2016
Grand Hyatt Washington  |  Washington, DC

APPAM's new strategic plan seeks to advance the relevance of policy research while promoting and responding to diversity across the various activities of the association.  This conference joins these strategic pillars by considering how attention to diversity and inequity can promote the policy relevance of APPAM scholarship.  The conference will also consider how to promote diversity and equity through the curricular practices of public affairs graduate programs, providing a venue for schools of public affairs to share effective practices for pedagogy of inclusion.


Online registration is currently closed.  You may register onsite on Saturday, April 9th.

Registration Type Registration Fee
APPAM Student Member $55
APPAM Professional Members $125
Non-Member $150


Location & Hotel Information

The 2016 Spring Conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel in the Penn Quarter area of Washington, DC.  This hotel is blocks away from both the Gallery Place-Chinatown and Metro Center metro stations which serve the blue, red, and orange lines. 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $309/night plus tax.  Space is limited so please book early by using the link below or calling the hotel directly.  This rate was available until March 17, 2016.  Rates and availability are no longer guaranteed.


Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Click here to make your reservation online


Agenda Information

Friday, April 8th

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Governance Meetings

Executive Committee: 8:30 - 10:15
Institutional Member Meeting: 10:30 - 12:00
Policy Council Meeting: 12:30 - 4:00

4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

Opening Plenary: Toward Fair and Effective Child Policy: Evidence Meets Politics

Location: Independence D,E (Independence Level)

Title IV of the Social Security Act contains provisions to establish and fund a system that protects children who are abused or neglected. The two most important provisions are capped block grants that provide flexible money to states to pay primarily for prevention and treatment services and open-ended entitlement funds to pay for foster care and adoption maintenance costs and associated training and administrative costs. The federal system, in other words, has open-ended funds for supporting children after they are removed from their home and capped funds for prevention and treatment services. Last year, the states received about $7 billion to support children after removing them from their homes and about $1.5 billion to provide prevention and family treatment services to allow children to remain with their parents. Many of the prevention and treatment programs have been shown by scientific studies to produce positive impacts on families or children. Not surprisingly, this financing system has been criticized for decades and legislation to change it has been considered by Congress several times. Now Senators Hatch and Wyden have proposed a bill that would provide a partial solution to this funding imbalance; their solution is similar to one proposed by the Obama administration last year. Given that Senator Hatch chairs the powerful Finance Committee while Senator Wyden is the senior Democrat on the Committee, action on their proposal this year seems possible.

Moderator: Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Co-Director, Center on Children and Families, The Brookings Institution

Laura Berntsen, Chief Human Services Advisor, Senate Committee on Finance
JooYeun Chang, Director, Public Policy at Casey Family Programs
Ken Dodge, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University
Becky Shipp, Health and Human Services Policy Advisor, Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy

Session Summary

Missed the plenary?  Watch a recording here! 

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Location: Independence B,C (Independence Level)


Saturday, April 9th

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Registration and Breakfast

Location: Independence Foyer (Independence Level)

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Cultural Competency in Public Affairs Education

As globalizing societies become ever more diverse, effective practice of policy analysis and management requires constructive engagement of individuals with differing cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.  This roundtable will consider how graduate programs in public affairs can develop better curricular approaches to developing cultural competency.  It will consider a range of issues around curricular design and practice, from every day habits and practices, to curricular design, to the engagement of differences within (and outside) the classroom. 

Location: Farragut Square (Independence Level)

Moderator: Juliet Musso, University of Southern California
Speakers: Brandi Blessett, Rutgers University, Camden, Tony Carrizales, Marist College,   Susan Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University, LaVonna Lewis, University of Southern California

Minimum Wage Effects on Employment, Prices, and Public Subsidies

Location: Lafayette (Independence Level)


1.    Are Local Minimum Wages Absorbed by Price Increases? Estimates from Internet-based Restaurant Menus, Sylvia Allegretto, University of California, Berkeley
2.    Credible Research Designs for Minimum Wage Studies: A Response to Neumark, Salas and Wascher, Ben Zipperer, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
3.    The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and Expenditures, Rachel West, Center for American Progress

Chair/Discussant: Mark Long, University of Washington

Session Summary

Inequity Through the Lens of Health

Location: Franklin Square (Independence Level)

This roundtable will examine whether and to what extent public policy can address health-related inequities, with a focus on the effects of the coverage provisions of Affordable Care Act.  Panelists will address disparities related to racial and ethnic minorities, children, women, LGBT populations, with a specific focus on how such disparities have or have not been affected by the ACA and what this experience tells us about the ability of public policy to address inequities in health care.

Moderator: Laudan Aron, Urban Institute
Speakers: Jie Chen, University of Maryland, School of Public Health, Gilbert Gonzales, Vanderbilt University, Lindsay Sabik, Virginia Commonwealth University, Lisa Simpson, AcademyHealth

Justice in Education; Educating about Justice

Location: McPherson Square (Indpedendence Level)

The roundtable will consider the theme of barriers to education and employment stemming from school suspension/expulsion and incarceration and speak about how educators at all levels, higher education in particular, can incorporate considerations of equity and justice (and knowledge of the barriers, structural and otherwise) into their teaching of undergraduates and graduate students.

Moderator: Jenni Owen, Duke University
Speakers: Daryl Atkinson, Department of Justice, Jay Pearson, Duke University, Sarah Bryer, National Juvenile Justice Network

Session Summary

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Alternatives in Doctoral Preparation for Social Justice Related Research

Location: Farragut Square (Independence Level)

This panel will consider alternative doctoral education models for preparing students to conduct social justice related research.  

Moderator: Edward F. Kammerer, Jr., Northeastern University
Speakers: Neenah Estrella-Luna, Northeastern University, Marie Chevrier, Rutgers University, Camden, Lisa Turner de Vera, Florida State University, Rasheda Weaver, Rutgers University - Camden

Fairness and Diversity in Policing

Location: Lafayette (Independence Level)

1.    Closing the Racial Gap in Police Recruiting: Evidence from a Field Experiment, Elizabeth Linos, Harvard University
2.    Lessons Learned from Failed Police Responses for Domestic Violence in Diverse Cultures, M. Amoy Fraser, University of Central Florida

Moderator: Brandi Blessett, Rutgers University-Camden
Speakers: Amanda Geller, New York University, Kelly Hallberg, Scientific Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab  

Session Summary 

Fair Housing & Inclusive Development in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities

Location: Franklin Square (Independence Level)

Population projections show that the ethnic and racial diversity of the United States as a whole will continue to increase, but they also suggest that patterns of demographic change will vary significantly across cities and regions. How will the population growth of the 21st Century impact ethnic and racial segregation, economic inequality and geographic disparity in particular places? How can local jurisdictions harness the opportunities that demographic changes present to achieve fair housing and inclusive development goals?  What tools and strategies can be utilized to increase access to transportation, employment, and education and create more integrated communities? This roundtable will bring together researchers, government representatives, and practitioners to address these important questions.

Moderator: Claudia L. Aranda, Senior Research Associate, Urban Institute
Speakers: Wes Eplen, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rolf Pendall, Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute, Lisa Rice, National Fair Housing Alliance, Deidre Swesnik, Open Society Foundations

Speed Mentoring

Location: Independence E (Independence Level)

Students will have the opportunity to meet with 10 professionals for mini meetings to discuss anything about their career, publishing, tips for interviewing and ask any other burning questions they might have about landing the all-important first post-doc position.

Registration for this session is now full. For more information, please contact Meghan Grenda at mgrenda@appam.org.   

A complete list of mentors may be found here.

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Luncheon Plenary: Promoting Justice Through Philanthropic Research and Action

Location: Independence F,G,H,I (Independence Level)

The philanthropic sector has long sought to address injustice not only through direct giving, but by promoting policy research and supporting initiatives to foster systematic change.  This panel brings together members of the philanthropic community to discuss the role that their organizations play in promoting justice, consider the manner in which policy research and analysis shape the philanthropic agenda, and debate how the APPAM community can foster greater relevance in research on issues of equality and inclusion.

Moderator: Juliet Musso, University of Southern California

Jon Baron, Vice President of Evidence Based Policy, The Arnold Foundation
Adam Gamoran, President, William T. Grant Foundation
Mike Laracy, Director, Policy Reform and Advocacy, Annie E. Casey Foundation
Kerry Anne McGeary, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation                  Raquel Thueme, Vice President of Programs, Ruth Mott Foundation

Plenary Summary 

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Fostering Racial Diversity in Higher Education

Location: Farragut Square (Independence Level)

In this panel, students at the doctoral and post-doctoral level share experiences and discuss strategies for foster racial diversity in doctoral programming.

Moderator: Bradley Hardy, American University
Speakers: Darleen Garcia, Rutgers University – Camden; Marla Parker, Arizona State University; Ayla Bonfiglio – Maastricht University, Greer Koerner, Northeastern University; Theodore Johnson, Northeastern University

Methods of Equity Analysis

Location: Lafayette (Independence Level)


1.    Social Network Analysis:  A Tool for Examining Regional Collaboration Around Workforce Development, Kelly Akiya, IMPAQ International
2.    Fiscal Decentralization and Its Spillover Effect on Corruption: Evidence From Bayesian Spatial Analysis, Shafiun Shimul, University of Nebraska Lincoln
3.    The Geography of Opportunity:  An Analysis of Young Adults’ Access to Transit in Los Angeles
Matthew Miller, University of Southern California (presenter); Gary Painter, University of Southern California

Chair/Discussant: Stephen Bell, Abt Associates

Improving Equity Through Political Strategy and Effective Implementation

Location: Franklin Square (Independence Level)


1.    Ingredients for Success: Implementing Community Advisory Councils in Detroit, Kyu-Nahm Jun, Wayne State University and Juliet Musso, University of Southern California
2.    Implementation Theories and Interventions: Improving Civil Rights Compliance in Three States, Douglas Hess, Grinnell College
3.    Movement Building and Transformative Social Change: Strategies for Bridging Gaps Between Practice and Policy, Connie Neal, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence  

Chair/Discussant: Michael Shires, Pepperdine University

Sessions Summary

Equity from a Comparative Perspective

Location: McPherson Square (Independence Level)


1.    Shelter from the Storm: Upgrading Housing Infrastructure in Latin American Slums, Raimundo Undurrago, New York University
2.    Do Rights Mechanisms Actually Improve Equity and Justice in Welfare Policymaking? Evidence from Comparative Health Policy, Matthew Kavanagh, University of Pennsylvania
3.    An Evaluation of the Voucher Program in Turkey: Lower Income Families and Access to Private Education, Halime Ozturk, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University

Chair/Discussant: Nelson Lim, University of Pennsylvania


Spring Conference Sponsorship

Saturday Luncheon Sponsor

General Sponsors

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Available Sponsorship Opportunities

General Sponsorship  (Three Sold, Four Available)

The Spring Conference attracts about 150 attendees to Washington, D.C. each year.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Spring Conference, we are offering a general sponsorship for $1,000 for APPAM institutional members ($1,300 for non-members) and includes a 6' table at the conference for the distribution of materials, mention as a sponsor in the program and on conference signage and a digital ad on the conference page.

Welcome Reception Sponsorship  (One Available)

Sponsorship of the Welcome Reception on Friday, April 8th is being offered for $5,000 ($5,500 for non-members).  This includes all the items mentioned above, as well as acknowledgment in written remarks at the Opening Plenary, signage at the reception, and the ability to provide a branded giveaway at the reception itself.    

Saturday Luncheon Sponsorship  (SOLD, Thank you Sol Price School!)

Sponsorship of the Saturday Luncheon on April 9th is being offered for $3,000 ($3,500 for non-members).  This includes all the items mentioned under General Sponsorship, as well as acknowledgment in written remarks at the Opening Plenary, signage at the lunch, and the ability to provide a branded giveaway at the lunch itself. The content of the luncheon will be the burgeoning role of foundations in advancing social justice. 


For submission information, to secure a sponsorship or any other questions, please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org.

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