Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Effects of Federal Adoption Incentive Awards for Older Children on Adoptions from U.S. Foster Care | JPAM Featured Article

When children in foster care cannot be reunified with their parents, adoption is considered a better option for permanent placement over long-term foster care. The federal Adoption Incentives program was established in 1997 to provide annual performance bonuses to states for increases in adoptions from U.S. foster care. This paper uses changes to the Adoption Incentives program in 2003 and 2008 to analyze states’ responses to the federal performance bonuses.

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APPAM founded the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) in 1981 through the merger of two other journals – Policy Analysis and Public Policy. Wiley-Blackwell (formerly John Wiley & Sons) has published JPAM since 1981. The current contract for publishing JPAM runs until the end of 2019. JPAM is published quarterly and is a peer-reviewed research journal.

JPAM_stack_horizontalThe creation of JPAM fulfilled one of the primary reasons for APPAM's existence: the dissemination of the highest quality multidisciplinary research in public policy and management. As the Association's journal of record, JPAM's ultimate purpose is building a professional community of scholars and practitioners devoted to more effective policy analysis and public management. JPAM welcomes unsolicited manuscripts from all sources.

In 2018, JPAM introduced a new award honoring three reviewers at all career stages who have demonstrated excellence in terms of quality and efficiency of their refereeing for the journal. Recipients will be awarded $500 each and a letter of commendation. The period of consideration for this award is July 1st-June 30th of each year. Winners for the award will be announced in September of every year beginning in 2019.

JPAM is one of the leading journals in the field of public policy and public management. Based on the 2017 Journal Citations Report impact factor, it is ranked among the top five journals of public administration. In the same year, JPAM was ranked 27th out of 353 journals in the economics category.

In 2017, readers made nearly 146,000 downloads of articles. Topics of the most commonly downloaded articles cover a wide range of interests: the effects of paid family leave in California on the labor market, the impact of the No Child Left Behind legislation, the Kyoto Protocol and carbon emissions, the decriminalization of marijuana, the persistence of poverty in the context of financial instability, the significance of child-care subsidies on child development, and the policy implications of food deserts in the United States.

JPAM is under the management of its editor, appointed to a five-year term by the APPAM Policy Council. The editors to date:

The JPAM editor works with an associate and section editors and an editorial board appointed to fixed, staggered terms. The editorial board advises the editor on matters of policy. Every year APPAM awards the Raymond Vernon Memorial Prize for the best article published in the current volume of JPAM. The prize selection committee usually is drawn from the editorial board, and Wiley underwrites all expenses related to the prize.

The JPAM editor also appoints section editors to manage five special sections in the journal: Point/Counterpoint, Methods for Policy Analysis, Professional Practice, Policy Retrospectives, and Book Reviews. These sections usually publish shorter, specialized articles on those topics.


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The entire run of JPAM from volume 1, issue 1, to the present is available on-line through Wiley Online Library (WOL). All active APPAM members have access to this collection as a membership benefit. The entirety of JPAM online is also searchable through Google Scholar and other indexing services.

Anyone may access basic information about the journal including article abstracts for free, and also arrange to purchase access to articles on a one-time basis. APPAM members in good standing have free electronic access to the full contents of the journal. Research libraries with JPAM subscriptions also may offer full electronic access to the journal.

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JPAM Classics

APPAM, in partnership with Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, produced a series of articles from past issues of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management on select topics of interest to researchers and educators in the public policy and management field. These JPAM Classics may be purchased directly from Wiley-Blackwell or through third-party resellers. Additional information about these volumes can be found on the Wiley-Blackwell website, including full listings of each volume's table of contents. The first three JPAM Classics were in print form and the fourth, Public Management, is available electronically on the JPAM Wiley-Blackwell website.

Poverty, Welfare, and Public Policy

By Douglas J. Besharov and Douglas M. Call, (ISBN: 978-1-4443-3513-2). 

This book is a compilation of seminal articles on poverty and welfare in the United States that would work well as reading for graduate level courses in welfare, poverty, and evaluation. Containing articles from the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, it is considered to be one of the leading forums for the exploration of poverty and welfare and is presented in a single volume. The book presents high-quality research, performed over many years by a wide range of individuals and organizations. It also includes articles on poverty measurement, concentrated poverty, the relative merits of voluntary versus mandatory welfare-to-work policies, welfare dependency, and the impact of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Cost-Benefit Analysis and Public Policy

Edited by David Weimer, University of Wisconsin-Madison (ISBN:9781405190169). Topics include:

  • The Issue of Standing Discounting for Time Risk and the "Value of Life" 
  • Non-Use Value as a Benefit Category 
  • CBA in Administrative and Legal Context 
  • CBA Applications 
     

Social Experimentation, Program Evaluation, and Public Policy

Edited by Maureen Pirog, Indiana University and University of Washington (ISBN:9781405193931). Topics include:

  • Social Experiments Versus Quasi-Experiments 
  • Randomized Experiments 
  • Quasi-Experiments 
  • Meta-Analyses 
  • Implementation, Performance Management, and Program Impacts 
  • Ethics and Human Subjects 
  • The Use of Program Evaluations by Policy Makers
     

Public Management

Edited by Lawrence E. Lynn, Jr., The University of Texas at Austin, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management © 2011 by the Association for Public Policy and Management. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Topics include:

  • Evolution of the Field
  • Research: Empirical/Qualitative/Case-Based
  • Research: Essays
  • Insights
  • Symposia
  • The State of the Art
  • Provide Creative Leadership to the Field
 
 
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