Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Internal and External Validity of the Regression Discontinuity Design: A Meta-Analysis of 15 Within-Study-Comparisons | JPAM Featured Article

Regression discontinuity (RD) is generally acknowledged as the most rigorous non-experimental method for obtaining internally valid impact estimates. The study tests the efficacy of RD by comparing RD causal estimates at the treatment cutoff to those from Randomized Control Trials also estimated at this same cutoff. The study identifies 15 previously completed within-study-comparisons that explicitly examined this issue by assuming the RCT results are unbiased and comparing them to RD results.

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APPAM Announces the 2018 Policy Council Nominees

Nov 03, 2017 09:19 PM

APPAM announced the slate of nominees for the 2018 Policy Council during the Membership Luncheon on Friday, November 3. APPAM’s Policy Council serves as the organization’s board of directors, with council members serving for 4-year terms. Ballots will open in December for member voting.


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Concurrent Symposium: The Report on the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Started under the Obama presidency with and gaining bi-partisan support, the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking was tasked with developing rules, regulations, and processes for gathering and distributing data. Its main goal, as stated by commission member Katherine Abraham, was to make "more and better" evidence that would allow the federal government to make better decisions, with the hope for a future in which "rigorous evidence is used in future decisions."


Concurrent Symposium: The Vital Role of Government Statistics

At this evening’s symposium, moderated by David Johnson from the University of Michigan, five panel members discussed the importance of government data related to decision-making and future policies


#2017APPAM Daily: Wednesday

#2017APPAM Day One Highlights


2017 Pre-Conference Workshop

The 2017 pre-conference workshop provided researchers an intensive, interactive program for building partnerships between scholars, civic intermediaries and policymakers. Avi Green and Hannah Reuter from the Scholars Strategy Network led six modules focused on legislator perspectives, establishing relationship networks and the various roles of scholars in policymaking.


Free One-Day Passes for #2017APPAM for Chicago Foundation Staff Members

We’re offering a FREE one day pass to any Chicago-based foundation staff person who might want to come check out the research being presented, network with the scholars, and see why this conference is an important place to come each November to see where the world of policy research is headed. If you’re interested in securing a pass, please email Tara Sheehan,


October 2017 Student Member Update

#2017appam features more student PD programming than ever.


October 2017 Professional Member Update

Evidence, Data and Policy Engagement at #2017APPAM.


October 2017 Institutional Representative Update

Plan Ahead for Member and Program Director Meetings at #2017APPAM.

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