Thursday, March 21, 2019

APPAM Institutional Member Update - March 2019

For Institutional Members: Share ideas and research with APPAM this Spring at events and through surveys.

Public Policy News

Results: 228 Articles found.

APPAM Student Member Update - March 2019

Mar 21, 2019 03:21 PM

Student Members: Learn about APPAM's final preparations for the Regional Student Conferences and take a look ahead at other 2019 opportunities for APPAM student members.


APPAM Institutional Member Update - March 2019

Mar 21, 2019 03:18 PM

For Institutional Members: Share ideas and research with APPAM this Spring at events and through surveys.


APPAM Professional Member Update - March 2019

Mar 21, 2019 03:14 PM

Highlights for Professional members: Spring at APPAM means forums, the final weeks for Fall Research Conference submissions, and the opening of registration for two conferences.


The Next Generation of APPAM

Feb 27, 2019 08:19 PM

This second entry for our 2019 Leadership Blog Series sees APPAM President Matt Stagner, Director of Mathematica Policy Research's Chicago office, discussing students as the future of public policy. What opportunities exist for that segment at APPAM, and how can seasoned public policy professionals support them? Matt explains here.


On Becoming a Fixture at APPAM Student Events

Feb 25, 2019 11:18 PM

University of Denver PhD student Alex Osei-Kojo shares five reasons why he makes a special effort to attend APPAM conferences. How much common ground do you share with him?


APPAM Institutional Member Forum - Bringing Rigor and Intentionality to Mixed Methods Evaluations of Social Programs

Feb 24, 2019 02:38 PM

A day-long forum sponsored by Westat and APPAM will focus researchers on sharpening and expanding the mixed method paradigm to respond to these concerns and t enable impact evaluations to make larger contributions to policy learning. Major themes include the roles of mixed methods evaluation in explaining/understanding impact findings from randomized control trials and in strengthening quasi-experimental analytic methods to ward off selection bias.


APPAM Institutional Member Forum - Career Pathways Programs: What We Know and Where We Should Go From Here

Feb 22, 2019 02:27 PM

This forum aims to bring together researchers, government, practitioners, and the policy community to examine the state of knowledge, including recent rigorous evaluations, priorities for future research, and implications for policy and practice. The intended audience is in line with APPAM’s core membership of professionals interested in the policy and practice of workforce development strategies, particularly for low-income individuals. Details appear in the full article.


APPAM In Conversation with Obama Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr.

Feb 22, 2019 04:45 AM

In the weeks following his keynote address at the #2018APPAM Equity & Inclusion Luncheon, Obama Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. participated in an interview with APPAM. In this interview, he discusses his recommendations for the Trump administration, ideas for making college more accessible to underserved students, partnerships between educators and policymakers against recent waves of hate, the advancement of evidence-based policy research, and his own idols.


Register for the March 20th ASHEcon/APPAM Webinar

Feb 19, 2019 09:06 PM

Join ASHEcon and APPAM experts as they discuss the rising cost of drug pricing, how it will impact healthcare policy, what is currently being done to address this issue, and what future steps policy makers and researchers can take to alleviate the impact of rising prescription drug costs.


APPAM Student Member Update - February 2019

Feb 19, 2019 07:16 PM

Learn more about our upcoming Student Conferences, our student members' news and other student-oriented happenings in this February 2019 Update.


APPAM Institutional Member Update - February 2019

Feb 19, 2019 07:13 PM

Our February 2019 Institutional Member Update contains valuable information about our upcoming Spring and Fall Conferences as well as member news.


APPAM Professional Member Update - February 2019

Feb 19, 2019 07:08 PM

Read the latest information about conferences, publishing opportunities, and members in our February 2019 Professional Member Update.


JPAM Special Call for Papers - Crime and Criminal Justice Policy

Feb 11, 2019 06:09 PM

JPAM also has a Special Call for Papers in Crime and Criminal Justice Policy. Submissions will be considered immediately and will continue to be considered under this call until September 1, 2019. View the link for more information.


JPAM Special Call for Papers - New Directions in Academic-Practitioner Research Collaborations

Feb 11, 2019 05:50 PM

ATTN Academic-Practitioners in Public Policy: The JPAM Special Call for Papers is here! View the link to submit for "New Directions in Academic-Practitioner Research Collaborations."


APPAM Announces Retired Member Category

Feb 05, 2019 06:09 PM

APPAM will now offer a “Retired Member” option for individuals that are no longer working and wish to remain active in the public policy community.


Fall Research Conference Submissions Being Accepted

Feb 04, 2019 08:39 PM

Submitting a proposal to present for a panel, poster, roundtable, single paper or super session at APPAM's 41st Fall Research Conference in Denver is an excellent way for professionals and students in public policy to engage with the greater global public policy community while advancing their careers.  Consistent with this year's theme of Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence, we especially encourage proposals that promote diversity and inclusion.


What We've Learned from the AEA Controversy

Jan 31, 2019 07:13 PM

In this first entry for our 2019 Leadership Blog Series, APPAM Executive Director Tara Sheehan discusses lessons learned from the American Economic Association's recent controversy. What are some rules and managerial decisions organizations should consider in the controversy's wake? Read the piece for Tara's insights.


APPAM Professional Member Update - January 2019

Jan 22, 2019 03:20 PM

APPAM's January 2019 Professional Member Update features news about our upcoming conferences along with great professional member news.


APPAM Institutional Member Update - January 2019

Jan 22, 2019 03:18 PM

APPAM's Institutional Member Update for January 2019 features information about our upcoming events, along with a plethora of great member news.


APPAM Student Member Update - January 2019

Jan 22, 2019 03:14 PM

APPAM's January 2019 Student Update provides information on our upcoming events, and resources for students preparing to present public policy research.


Spring Conference Submissions Now Being Accepted!

Jan 14, 2019 07:59 PM

This conference will bring together graduate program representatives, and academic and non-academic employers to look at the skills being taught in graduate policy programs, discuss curricula trends and assess whether these skills are what employers need in practice. Proposals can be submitted at


Introducing APPAM's Incoming 2019 Policy Council Members

Jan 14, 2019 07:31 PM

The Policy Council is APPAM's governing board and is responsible for setting policy and creating strategy for the Association. It currently consists of four elected cohorts serving staggered, four-year terms of office. Ballots were sent to all APPAM members and voting was held December 10, 2018 through January 10, 2019. Please welcome our incoming Policy Council.


Grants from the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research

Jan 08, 2019 03:12 PM

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research is offering $10 million in grants for nonpartisan, scientific research that offers the public and policymakers a factual basis for developing fair and effective gun policies. Learn more at


Student Member Update - December 2018

Dec 18, 2018 03:48 PM

APPAM's December 2018 Student Member Update features information about our Regional student conferences, a featured blog article, member news and more.


Professional Member Update - December 2018

Dec 18, 2018 03:43 PM

APPAM's December 2018 Professional Member Update includes member news, information about upcoming conferences, a featured blog article, and more.


Institutional Rep Update - December 2018

Dec 18, 2018 03:36 PM

APPAM's December Update for Institutional Rep members includes a feature article, nominations and renewal information, member news, and more.


Submissions Guidelines for 2019 California Regional Student Conference

Dec 10, 2018 03:26 PM

Submit your research for this premier education, networking, and career development conference, scheduled for April 12-13, 2019 at the University of California, Irvine in Irvine, CA. Information about who should submit and how they should submit follows along with several important deadlines.


Submissions Guidelines for 2019 International Conference in Barcelona

Dec 07, 2018 04:01 PM

Submit your research for this premier education, networking, and career development conference, scheduled for July 29-30, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. Information about who should submit and how they should submit follows, along with several important deadlines and details for aspiring volunteers.


Submissions Guidelines for 2019 DC Regional Student Conference

Dec 07, 2018 04:01 PM

Submit your research for this premier education, networking, and career development conference, scheduled for March 29-30, 2019 at American University in Washington, DC. Information about who should submit and how they should submit follows along with several important deadlines.


Institutional Rep Update - November 2018

Nov 28, 2018 02:45 PM

APPAM's November Update for Institutional Rep members includes a webinar, nominations and renewal information, member news, and two surveys that will be critical to determining the future of the association.​


A Fair and Accurate Census is at Risk - #2018APPAM Super Session

Nov 10, 2018 11:14 PM

Dr. William O’Hare warmly welcomed the crowd and panelist and quickly dove into the importance of the 2020 Census. He described the 4p’s of the United States Congress in relation to importance of the census. Dr. O’Hare went on to stress the importance of not undercounting demographic groups such as young children 0-4 years old, which happened in 2010. Imagine planning a pre-school for 15 young children when you must cater to 45; this is a recipe for failure to our future generations


Super Session: Is the War on Poverty Over?

Nov 10, 2018 03:10 PM

Whether or not the war on poverty has been successful is a controversial issue. Is the War on Poverty Over?, the session moderated by David Johnson from the University of Michigan, discussed the issue of how to measure poverty in a different way and suggested different ways to assess it.


Super Session: The Future of Fair Housing

Nov 10, 2018 02:58 PM

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, The Future of Fair Housing Super Session was moderated by Katherine O’Regan from New York University. It discussed the current status of the Fair Housing Act, including distributive homeownership and the future of housing policy.​


APPAM's Membership and Awards Breakfast at #2018APPAM

Nov 10, 2018 02:36 PM

With food aplenty and strawberry smoothies in hand, over 200 APPAM members convened yesterday morning for the association's annual APPAM membership meeting. The membership breakfast provided a summary of what has been going on at APPAM, including a demonstration of the state of candidates for the APPAM policy council and awards presentation. The breakfast celebrated all the APPAM members and their accomplishments, as well as the record growth of the association.


Presidential Address at #2018APPAM

Nov 10, 2018 02:00 PM

Last night, Dr. David Johnson became the first-ever APPAM President to use Bitmoji in his Presidential Address. His was the highest-attended APPAM Presidential address ever. The evening of speeches formally began with the presentation of the Peter H. Rossi Award to Mark W. Lipsey from Vanderbilt University, and the David N. Kershaw Award to David Deming from Harvard University. Dr. Johnson then came to the stage to thank all the attendees and staff for making the conference a big success.


Peter H. Rossi Award Lecture: Roiling the Waters: Controversy over the First Longitudinal Randomized Study of a State Pre-K Program

The Peter M. Rossi Award Lecture, given by Mark Lipsey of Vanderbilt University, was structured into three parts: One on the context of pre-K education, one on the actual Tennessee pre-K study, and another one on the issues, exploration, and policy implications of major findings. The program presented numerous insights on education policy from several universities.


David N. Kershaw Award Lecture: What Does Education Do?

Nov 10, 2018 12:39 AM

David Deming, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, and recipient of the Kershaw Award, discussed the importance of expanding access to high quality post-secondary education in the United States. In considering the impact of education, the lecture focused on the long-run impacts of early interventions, school finance reform and impacts of spending on long-run outcomes, the role of teachers and classrooms, charter schools, and school quality.


Super Session: 40 Years of Evidence for Action at APPAM and in the Field

Nov 09, 2018 07:09 PM

Five leaders in the evidence based research in public policy space convened on this panel to discuss industry evolution and their experiences with it. The recurring message of the panel was big data and how to properly use it. Data mining and data analysis applications have become standard fair for public policy solutions. The panel, with the sum of over a century of experience, gave their take on how they have navigated this new era of policy making.


Systematic Reviews: The Next Step in Evidence-Based Policy Analysis?

Nov 09, 2018 04:59 AM

Following the theme for this year’s #2018APPAM Fall Research Conference: Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement, this session examined the role of systematic reviews in evidence-based policymaking. The moderator, Douglas Besharov, from the University of Maryland, introduced the session with the question: “Is it time for a more sophisticated approach to systematic reviews?” There were four speakers who provided separate responses.


Values in Education: Implications for Policy and Practice

Nov 08, 2018 11:30 PM

Values in Education: Implications for Policy and Practice, a session presented the first official day of #2018APPAM, focused on the role of values in educational policymaking, basing the discussion on a recent publication entitled “Educational Goods: Values, Evidence and Decision-making.”


Preconference Day at #2018APPAM

Nov 08, 2018 12:37 PM

APPAM kicked off four days of education, mentorship and networking yesterday at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park with several very informative Preconference programs. Speaker highlights included thought leaders from the Urban Institute such as David Connell, Stu Kantor, Bridget Lowell, Jon Schwabish, and Kate Villarreal. The official conference began today with a Fun Run and continues into Saturday.


Our Conference Theme Emphasizes the Need to Use Research and Evidence at Every Stage of the Policy Process | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Oct 18, 2018 01:45 PM

For me, fall is a refreshing season of new beginnings. Our member universities are back in full swing, students are launching into their research for the academic year, and the fall conference is just around the corner. I am proud of our conference theme this year, Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement. The programming emphasizes the need to use research and evidence at every stage of the policy process.

Tara Sheehan

What is the Role Advocacy Should Play in APPAM’s Activities? | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Sep 24, 2018 05:39 PM

What is the role advocacy should play in APPAM’s activities? The arguments largely fall into two camps: APPAM shouldn’t engage in advocacy activities because our members get those needs met elsewhere and wading into specific issues is sure to alienate some; APPAM should engage in advocacy activities since members’ research depends on funding and the outcomes impact policy and the policy-making process. APPAM doesn’t advocate or provide information its members could use to advocate. Should we?


Build Community and Confidence for Early-Career Scholars through the 40 for 40 Fellowship

Aug 13, 2018 06:23 PM

The 40 for 40 Fellowship is an opportunity for young researchers, like me, to have a platform to use their voice and to gain the support of a community. You are building confidence not only in the individual but are helping to ensure that the field remains diverse. Think about your perspectives on policy and what made you passionate about it. Representation matters and you have the chance through the 40 for 40 Fellowship to provide another researcher the opportunity to share their story.


APPAM is the Natural Place to Encourage New Scholars in our Field | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Aug 02, 2018 07:07 PM

I can still remember my first APPAM presentation in 1993 like it was yesterday. It was at 8 am on a Friday and all six of the panel members were from the West Coast, so we were bleary-eyed and tired. On my panel was a former university system provost, two leading scholars on higher ed governance, the President and CEO of the leading national nonprofit, a senior economist from a renowned think tank, and me—a graduate student at the RAND Graduate School. What an amazing opportunity!


The 2018 International Conference Was Truly Focused on the Theme and Location

Jul 31, 2018 02:08 PM

The conference was filled with great papers on vulnerable populations, new initiatives in cities, and sustainable development. I even chaired a session on public management and government sustainability. It was truly focused on the theme of Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development, with almost half of all papers mentioning “city” or “urban” or “metropolitan” in their titles.


Greetings from JPAM's New Editor | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Jul 10, 2018 01:34 PM

I am honored to assume the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. It is a much-cherished gift to be the Editor-in-Chief of JPAM and I am proud and excited for the next chapter in my professional life. With fresh enthusiasm, I hope that our journal will continue to flourish and advance in scope and depth, attracting more and more authors both from the traditional and emerging research fields of public policy and management.


Government Data is a National Treasure | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Jun 07, 2018 05:42 PM

APPAM has always supported government data. Having worked for 25 years in the Federal Statistical System, I have seen first-hand the importance of high quality data and the direct influence it has on government policy. And this is only possible because of sufficient funding, leadership, and dedicated staff.


Leaning On and Learning From Our Sister Associations | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

May 14, 2018 07:42 PM

As an applied microeconomist who studies the causes and consequences of a range of public policies, I have always felt like APPAM is my primary intellectual home. Part of this fondness goes back to my first experiences at the Fall Research Conferences in the early 2000's. A core group of scholars studying policy issues related to sexual minorities would organize a research session each year. Relative to those first few years of mostly empty rooms, we have come a long way.


Duke/APPAM Opioid Forum Focused on Effective Partnerships and Data

May 07, 2018 01:42 PM

Opioid misuse is a major epidemic across the nation. Local and state officials bear the burden of responses to the epidemic and need assistance coordinating research and resources. The Institutional Member Forum, held on on May 1, 2018, and hosted by Duke Policy Bridge at the Sanford School of Public Policy and APPAM, connected the worlds of research and policy across this escalating public health epidemic.

Tara Sheehan

We cover a lot of important policy topics at APPAM—this one on the opioid crisis is particularly meaningful | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

I know a lot about opioids. More than your average joe, anyway. As an idealistic college grad in the late 1990’s, I was positive that social work was the path for me. I wanted to get some direct service experience, then go into an Masters of Social Work program and go about my merry way, trying to make a difference in the world. We cover a lot of important policy research and issues at APPAM—but this one is particularly meaningful.


Using Social Media to Promote Your Research at the DC Regional Student Conference

The lunch workshop introduced graduate scholars to social media’s role in promoting their academic research, and to demonstrate networking and career development opportunities online. Panelists explored general tips on how to overcome fears of having a social media presence, as well as the skills and strategies needed to extrapolate scholarly research for networking and professional opportunities.


There is No Place Like Home... and Dorothy's Ruby Slippers | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Mar 12, 2018 07:45 PM

Having spent my childhood in Kansas, I’m all about Dorothy’s ruby slippers. There is in fact no place like home, and I’m proud to call APPAM my professional home for the past three plus decades. This will be APPAM’s 40th research conference—our ruby anniversary. Never has rigorous policy evidence been more important. We must continue to attract and support young professionals to grow and improve our field.


Welcome to the Exchange of Ideas | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Feb 22, 2018 12:57 PM

Forty years ago this summer, a group met at Hilton Head to discuss the possibility of an organization that focused on public policy analysis and management. In fact, our first president, Joel Fleishman, said it was at this meeting that the concept of APPAM was born, with a focus “… on the exchange of ideas and research.” And to this day, we still focus on that exchange of ideas.


Inclusion is Hard and We Must Do Better | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Jan 17, 2018 12:57 PM

Increasingly, activities that focus on inclusion are becoming more and more important. As I’m sure you’ve experienced at your university or research organization: getting to the how is hard. We all know about the why. Having a membership/staff/faculty/student body/leadership that reflects everybody in the larger group and represents all perspectives in decision making is vital. There’s no question that we need and want to engage in as many diversity activities as possible.


Can Financial Aid Help to Address the Growing Need for STEM Education? | JPAM Featured Article

Dec 18, 2017 04:02 PM

Although workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields earn above-average wages, the number of college graduates prepared for STEM jobs lags behind employer demand. A key question is how to increase educational investments and degree completion in STEM, especially for low-income and minority students. Castleman, Long, and Mabel examine a potentially overlooked barrier to STEM attainment in college: the financial cost to pursuing study in STEM courses and majors.


Does Paid Family Leave Reduce Nursing Home Use? The California Experience | JPAM Featured Article

Dec 05, 2017 06:43 PM

Paid family leave (PFL) is intended to make it financially easier for eligible workers to take time off to care for young children or seriously ill family members. Concurrently, the receipt of informal care from family members has been shown to lower the probability of institutionalization among elderly Americans. This raises an important question: Do PFL policies influence nursing home use among older adults?


The Impact of Incentives to Recruit and Retain Teachers in “Hard-to-Staff” Subjects | JPAM Featured Article

Public school teachers are typically paid according to their education level and years of experience, with no differentiation by subject. Given resistance among teachers and unions to explicit pay differentials, states and school districts have frequently sought to mitigate subject-specific shortages by enhancing non-salary compensation, such as educational subsidies. This study estimates the causal impact of loan forgiveness and bonuses on retention of teachers in Florida public schools.


#2017APPAM Daily: Saturday

Nov 04, 2017 09:10 PM

#2017APPAM Day Three Highlights


#2017APPAM Daily: Friday

Nov 04, 2017 04:08 AM

#2017APPAM Day Two Highlights


2017 APPAM Presidential Address

Thoughtful, engaging, passionate, and purpose-driven are just a few words out of a long list to describe the packed conference room for Carolyn Heinrich’s presidential address this evening. Her presentation titled, “A Thousand Petty Fortresses: Administrative Burden in U.S. Immigration Policies and its Consequences” brought light to an issue that is not transparent to many: the explicit targeting of Mexican immigrants by Texas State Dept. of Health Service in its ID policy.


Spencer Foundation Lecture: Education and Economic Mobility: What Have We Learned?

Susan Dynarski, a professor of public policy, education, and economics at the University of Michigan and co-director of the University’s Education Policy initiative, was honored with the Spencer Foundation Award this afternoon at the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference.


#2017APPAM Daily: Thursday

#2017APPAM Day Two Highlights


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.


APPAM Honors Three Award Recipients for Their Transformative Work in Affordable Education, Housing Discrimination and Environmental Policy

Sep 22, 2017 06:11 PM

APPAM has selected Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan, John M. Yinger, Syracuse University, and Mallory Flowers, Georgia Institute of Technology, as the recipients of three prestigious public policy awards. Recipients will accept the Spencer Foundation Award, the Steven D. Gold Award and the PhD Dissertation Award on Friday, November 3, at the 2107 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Chicago.


2017 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Recipients Announced

2017 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Recipients Announced


JPAM Featured Article: Scraping By: Income and Program Participation After the Loss of Extended Unemployment Benefits

Aug 17, 2017 07:17 PM

As part of our ongoing effort to promote JPAM authors to the APPAM membership and the public policy world at large, we are asking JPAM authors to answer a few questions to promote their research article on the APPAM website.


Video: APPAM Student Session: "Stopping Cyber Threats: Security & Deterrence in Cyberspace"

Missed the event? No problem! View a recording of the event here.


International Conference Coverage: Friday Plenary

Coverage from the 2017 International Conference in Brussels, July 13-14


Student Member Spotlight: Menbere Shiferaw

Jun 15, 2017 01:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Menbere Shiferaw


Member Spotlight: Nick Hart, Ph.D.

Jun 15, 2017 01:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Nick Hart, Ph.D.


JPAM Featured Article: Do Higher Minimum Wages Benefit Health? Evidence from the UK

May 25, 2017 12:00 PM

As part of our ongoing effort to promote JPAM authors to the APPAM membership and the public policy world at large, we are asking JPAM authors to answer a few questions to promote their research article on the APPAM website.


JPAM Point/Counterpoint Articles: Stop & Frisk (G. Ridgeway)

May 23, 2017 12:00 PM

As part of our ongoing effort to promote JPAM authors to the APPAM membership and the public policy world at large, we are asking JPAM authors to answer a few questions to promote their research article on the APPAM website.


JPAM Point/Counterpoint Articles: Stop & Frisk (J. Fagan)

May 23, 2017 12:00 PM

As part of our ongoing effort to promote JPAM authors to the APPAM membership and the public policy world at large, we are asking JPAM authors to answer a few questions to promote their research article on the APPAM website.


Student Member Spotlight: Kimberly Arnold

May 17, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Kimberly Arnold


Member Spotlight: Katie Vinopal, Ph.D.

May 17, 2017 04:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Katie Vinopal, Ph.D.


DC Regional Student Conference Session: Presentation Skills Workshop

Coverage from the 2017 DC Regional Student Conference


DC Regional Student Conference Session: Friday Policy Career Paths Workshop

Coverage from the 2017 DC Regional Student Conference


Student Member Spotlight: Kirk Heffelmire

Apr 13, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Kirk Heffelmire


DC Regional Student Conference Session: Industry Decline & Income Insecurity

Student coverage from the 2017 DC Regional Student Conference


CA Regional Student Conference Session: Lunch & Keynote Address

Student coverage from the 2017 CA Regional Student Conference


CA Regional Student Conference Session: Monday Policy Career Paths Workshop

Coverage from the 2017 CA Regional Student Conference


Student Member Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez

Mar 14, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez


Member Spotlight: Matt Young

Mar 14, 2017 04:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Matt Young, Ph.D.


Coverage of the APPAM/Sanford School Institutional Forum

Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke’s Policy Bridge, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) hosted an Institutional Member forum on February 17, 2017 which explored how research being conducted in universities is informing policy. Discussion included the role of practitioners in making policy, researcher/policymaker partnerships, and some strategies to bridge the gap between policy and practice.


Student Member Spotlight: Mallory Flowers

Feb 14, 2017 10:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Mallory Flowers


Member Spotlight: Rebecca Myerson, Ph.D.

Feb 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Rebecca Myerson

Building the future of our profession...together! Tap into your network of colleagues and help APPAM grow!

APPAM 2017 Member Referral Program

Building the future of our profession...together! Tap into your network of colleagues and help APPAM grow!


Institutional Member Spotlight: Brown University

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown recently redesigned the MPA program to focus on analytical skills and professional development in a rigorous June-May format.


Coverage of the APPAM/MDRC Institutional Forum

MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) hosted a forum which will explore the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy. This event brought together distinguished experts from MDRC, academia, and the government to share their work and provide insight on next steps for research, practice, and policy.


#2016APPAM Interview with APPAM Member David van Slyke

Interview conducted with APPAM Member David van Slyke during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

APPAM 2017 Regional Student Conferences - DC and California

2017 APPAM Regional Student Conferences

APPAM will host two regional student conferences in 2017. The DC Regional Student Conference will be held on April 7th - 8th, 2016 at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. The California Regional Student Conference will be held on April 9th - 10th at the University of California Riverside in Riverside, CA. During these conferences, students will present research across a wide variety of policy areas, through poster sessions and on conference panels with their peers.


#2016APPAM Coverage

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference


Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Rossi Award Breakfast

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Peter Rossi Award Breakfast


Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Presidential Address

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Presidential Address


Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM David N. Kershaw Award Lecture

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM David N. Kershaw Award Lecture


Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Lunch

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Lunch


Student Coverage: Symposium: "Is Equality of Educational Opportunity Improving? A Look at the Evidence 50 Years Following Coleman"

Coverage of the 2016 Fall Research Conference Education Symposium: "Is Equality of Educational Opportunity Improving? A Look at the Evidence 50 Years Following Coleman"


Student Coverage: Lunch Symposium: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Changing Electorate and Electoral Participation

Coverage of the 2016 Fall Research Conference Symposium: "The 2016 Presidential Election and the Changing Electorate and Electoral Participation"


The Wonk Podcast: Intro & Episode 1

As young people flock to cities, more and more notice the burden of high rent. Why is rent so high, and how do we know when it's a problem? Spence breaks down rental markets with urban economist Dr. Sam Staley: how do we measure changes in the housing market, how do we decide between good and bad development, and who are the YIMBY unicorns?


JPAM Announces 2016 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award Winner

Oct 11, 2016 08:15 PM

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Raymond Vernon Memorial Award is Kerri Raissian of the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy for her paper "Hold Your Fire: Did the 1996 Federal Gun Control Act Expansion Reduce Domestic Homicides?" The paper was first published in the Winter 2016 issue of JPAM.


APPAM Announces 2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award Winner

Sep 28, 2016 02:15 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award Winner is Dr. Vincent Reina, of the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy. Honorable mentions have been bestowed to Eric Roberts, of John Hopkins University, and Daniel Sebastian Tello-Trillo, of Vanderbilt University.


Member Spotlight: Roger J. Chin

Sep 22, 2016 04:43 PM

Member Spotlight: Roger J. Chin


APPAM Announces 2016 Kershaw Award Winner

Sep 22, 2016 02:15 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce that the 2016 David N. Kershaw Award Winner is Dr. Varun Rai of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Rai will give a featured presentation during the 2016 Fall Research Conference on Friday, November 4.


APPAM Announces 2016 Exemplar Award Winner

Sep 12, 2016 12:43 PM

The Exemplar Award was created by APPAM's Policy Council in 2013 to draw attention to the important role individuals play in connecting research and policy in the policymaking process. The award recognizes the work of an individual who has made major contributions to public policy by valuing the knowledge resident in academia and using research and analysis to craft innovative solutions to policy problems.


APPAM Awards 25 Student Fellowships to Fall Research Conference

Sep 09, 2016 12:43 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce that it has recently granted 25 students with the Equity and Inclusion Fellowship. The grant allows recipients to attend the association’s annual Fall Research Conference.


APPAM & UMD School of Public Policy Announce Rossi Winner

Sep 02, 2016 12:43 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) and the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy are pleased to announce that Rudolph Penner, Ph.D., Robert Reischauer, Ph.D., and Alice Rivlin, Ph.D. have been jointly selected as the 2016 winner(s) of the Peter H. Rossi Award.


JPAM Call for Papers: Evaluation of the Affordable Care Act

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) invites the submission of manuscripts to be published either individually or in a series of symposiums in forthcoming issues on the “Evaluation of the Affordable Care Act” depending on the volume of submissions.


Institutional Member Spotlight: Claremont Graduate University

The Division of Politics and Economics in Claremont Graduate University’s (CGU) School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation offers a 16-month Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) and a PhD-level field in Public Policy as part of the Political Science doctoral program. The division also offers joint degree programs with the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (MA Public Policy and Evaluation) and The Drucker Ito School of Business (MA Politics, Economics and Business).


Summer 2016 Student Update

Summer 2016 Student Update is now available!


#APPAM16INTL Student Summary: "Causes and Consequences of Inequality in Academic Achievement: Comparisons Across Countries, Cohorts, and the Life-Course"

Summary of Tuesday June 14 Session: "Causes and Consequences of Inequality in Academic Achievement: Comparisons Across Countries, Cohorts, and the Life-Course"


#APPAM16INTL Student Summary: "Educational Inequalities" Plenary

Summary of Tuesday June 14 Plenary: "Educational Inequallities"


#APPAM16INTL Student Summary: "The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World" Plenary

Summary of Tuesday June 14 Plenary: "The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World"


#APPAM16INTL Student Summary: "Living with Insecurity" Plenary

Summary of Monday June 13 Plenary: "Living with Insecurity"


Get Involved with the Student Advisory Committee, by David Morar

Apr 14, 2015 05:43 PM

Meet the members of APPAM's Student Advisory Committee!


Member Spotlight: Michael Siciliano

Apr 14, 2015 04:43 PM

Member Spotlight: Michael Siciliano


Advances in Policy and Politics Conference 2015

Apr 06, 2015 06:08 PM

George Mason University's School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs holds Advances in Policy and Politics Conference 2015 on April 3.


Spotlight: The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia

Feb 24, 2015 08:35 PM

The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia develops leaders and generates new knowledge to solve the world’s toughest public policy challenges. Through policy and analysis training in critical leadership skills, the school inspires students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. The School teaches that policy is everywhere, and students can lead from anywhere.


SNAP Helps Families Manage Economic Shocks and Equalizes the Safety Net across States

This year, the House Agriculture Committee will hold hearings on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) was expanded in 2009 in response to the economic crisis, and the number of recipients and spending on the program grew rapidly during the Great Recession. Last year modest cuts were made to SNAP, but current congressional efforts to overhaul the program might translate into much larger program reductions.


Spotlight: Sacramento State

The Master’s of Public Policy and Administration Program at Sacramento State is an interdisciplinary program designed to equip its graduates with the conceptual, analytic, and problem-solving skills and experiences necessary for them to deal effectively with public sector policy and administrative issues, problems, and opportunities. In the fall of 2014, Sac State celebrated its 25th year of granting the MPPA, with over 400 alumni working in the Sacramento Area, California, and the world.


When Is a Result “Significant”

Nov 19, 2014 04:00 PM

As a Master’s student, I was very happy to see the new Data Analytics Track at the APPAM Fall Research Conference this year. In my program at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy, students have the option to concentrate their studies in a number of different areas. One of the least favorite for many of the students is the Methods track, the track that focus strongly on quantitative and qualitative analysis.


Session Recap: Measuring Teacher Effectiveness

Nov 18, 2014 03:00 PM

I am not exactly sure when it happened, based on stories from friends and families, I would guess sometime in the past 50 years, Americans began to place the onus of education solely on teachers. By placing the responsibility education solely on teachers, we remove the burden from parents, friends, communities, and anyone else who actively participates in children’s lives.


Session Recap: Can High Schools Impart Job Market Skills?

Nov 17, 2014 06:00 PM

No, yes, and kind of. Policy makers, researchers, and educators all have vested interest in education for students, but they are struggling to identify how secondary education can be improved to impart college and career readiness. Ultimately, the research presented during this panel demonstrated the complexities involved with increasing student outcomes.


Session Recap Natural Resource Security, Energy, and Environmental Policy

Nov 13, 2014 05:00 PM

The four papers presented in the session Natural Resource Security, Energy, and Environmental Policy focused on the adaptation to, management of, and planning for the chaos created by natural disasters. This panel was organized by Leigh Graham, Assistant Professor at the City University of New York, and chaired by David Konisky, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University.


Session Recap: Safety Net Policies and Family Income Dynamics

Nov 13, 2014 04:00 PM

The panel discussed three papers that examined various “safety net” policies and how they impacted the dynamics of family income.


Insights to Prepare Yourself for the Job Market from Those in “The Know”

Nov 13, 2014 03:00 PM

As many of us are approaching our fateful graduation day in the spring, we are currently investigating organizations that will align with our passions to make the world a better place. Yet, there is one burning question that had been reiterated at APPAM’s Professional Development Workshop, one that may pose challenging to answer: What is the difference between MDRC and Mathematica?


Session Recap: Improving the Link Between Analytical Methods and Policy

Nov 13, 2014 02:00 PM

Using four different studies, the panel discussed methods to continually improve decision-making and analysis between methodology and policy.


Session Recap: Goal-Setting and Motivation in Public Organizations

Nov 12, 2014 06:00 PM

Public service motivation (PSM) theory has drawn great attention from public management and administration circles. Recent research has focused on PSM itself or the relationship between PSM and other important topics such as performance, incentives, and more.


Session Recap:The Relationship Between Leaders and Employees in Governance

Nov 12, 2014 03:00 PM

Leadership is a constant hot topic in public management. The relationship between leaders and employees become more and more important since scholars find many interesting topics related to it. How will the relationship between leaders and employees affect the organization’s performance? Great attention was put on this topic at this year’s Fall Research Conference.


Unionizing Child-Care Providers Could Lead to Higher-Quality Care

Nov 12, 2014 02:30 PM

Unionized child-care providers are more likely to seek state-regulated licenses, a proxy for program quality, according to a study presented last week at the Association for Public Policy and Management conference in New Mexico.


Session Recap: State-Provided Paid Leave

Nov 12, 2014 02:00 PM

An in-depth look at three new studies presented on the interactions with safety net programs and new families with regards to state-provided paid leave from the 2014 Fall Research Conference.


Session Recap: Health Care Cost Containment

Nov 11, 2014 07:00 PM

The U.S. health care system is the most costly in the world, yet several performance and quality metrics lag behind other developed countries. Additionally healthcare costs are growing at an alarming and unsustainable rate. The following looks at the problem of health care costs from various angles.


Session Recap: New Evidence on Head Start

Nov 11, 2014 03:30 PM

Head Start has been heralded as an intervention with both short- and long-term effects on participant human capital, and also decried as an inefficient waste of taxpayer dollars. The papers in this session contributed to the large body of work identifying impacts of early childhood education on a wide range of outcomes.


Session Recap: Father Involvement and Co-parenting from Pregnancy to Childhood

Nov 11, 2014 02:00 PM

This 2014 Fall Research Conference session presented several papers that looked at father involvement and co-parenting of children from birth to childhood and its effects on both maternal and child outcomes.​


Session Recap: Health Insurance and the Labor Market

Nov 10, 2014 07:30 PM

Health and employment often go hand-in-hand with a person’s health status, contributing to their ability to work and employment potentially impacting health both in positive and potentially negative way. With such a simultaneous relationship between health and employment, policies in both realms are bound to influence the other variable.


Session Recap: Unemployment Insurance

Nov 10, 2014 06:00 PM

This panel discussed the Unemployment Insurance (UI) policy, with a specific focus on the state-level UI policy designs, implementation, changes in responses to the Great Recession, and corresponding policy performance.


Lecture Recap: Beyond Internal Validity

Nov 10, 2014 05:20 PM

Dr. Larry Orr of John Hopkins University was selected to receive the Peter H. Rossi Award at this year’s APPAM Fall Research Conference. Orr’s contribution to the field of evaluation over the past forty years continues to impact his peers and colleagues regarding how to design and implement research in the field. Among those who discussed his contributions to the field were Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania, Jacob Kleman, Abt Associates, Inc., and Judith Gueron, MDRC.


Session Recap: Racial Wealth Disparities and Housing Policy

Nov 10, 2014 05:12 PM

In light of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the first questions posed was “Have we seen improvements in racial segregation in housing policy over the last 50 years?” and one of the final questions posed was, “Why should we care?”


Session Recap: Performance Information Use in Comparative Perspective

Nov 10, 2014 04:00 PM

Performance seems like an eternal topic for public management. How performance can be measured in an appropriate method draws a lot of attention among both scholars from universities and practitioners from different parts of public sector.


Symposium Recap: The Decline of the Middle Class

Nov 09, 2014 07:00 PM

This symposium offered expert insight into just how complicated discussions about the middle class and its supposed decline are. Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland-College Park served as the moderator of the panel. The panelists included David Autor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brian Nolan from University College–Dublin, and Andrew Cherlin from Johns Hopkins University.​


Event Recap: APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Exemplar Speaker Isabel Sawhill

Nov 09, 2014 06:00 PM

APPAM’s Annual Membership Meeting and Award Lunch was opened by President Angela Evans, who first gave thanks to the APPAM staff and volunteers for their tireless efforts behind such great Association events like the annual conference. She then reported from the Policy Council on the activities of the Association and the current financial condition of the organization, which can be found in APPAM’s first Annual Report.


Session Recap: Efficacy of College Affirmative Action and Alternative Policies

Nov 09, 2014 02:00 PM

In the past decade, a series of judicial decisions have constrained the ability of public colleges and universities to use race as an explicit factor in admissions decisions. The papers on this panel used empirical data and simulations to examine how university admissions practices—changed in the wake of these judicial decisions—affect the composition of the student body, both in terms of racial composition and levels of student academic preparedness.


Session Recap: Health Behaviors

Nov 09, 2014 12:00 AM

On Friday November 7th, three papers were presented under the topic of Health Behaviors at the 2014 Fall Research Conference.


Session Recap: Institutional, Political, and Cultural Changes and Their Impact on Public Management and Fiscal Policy at the State and Local Level

Nov 08, 2014 10:00 PM

This session revolved around the issues of institutional, political, and cultural changes and their impact on public management and fiscal policy at the state and local level. The three papers in this session make important contributions to the literature in terms of transparency, ethical, and decision making issues. The discussant, Doug Goodman, stated that the papers also bring to mind several questions that should be addressed by further research.


Session Recap: The Supplemental Poverty Measure: Four Views from Four Surveys

Nov 08, 2014 07:00 PM

This panel discussed supplemental poverty measure (SPM) and the official poverty measure (OPM) across four major national datasets. Examining how these measures worked and didn’t work helps researchers and policy makers understand how government programs supported different populations.


Caucus Recap: Suburban Poverty

Nov 08, 2014 05:00 PM

This caucus served as a rather open discussion to discuss a growing trend in research on suburban poverty. The session was organized by Paul Jargowsky, Rutgers University–Camden. Discussants included Scott Allard from the University of Washington, Katrin Anacker from George Mason University, Adrienne Halloway from DePaul University, and Rebecca Levine from Boston College.


Session Recap: Responses to Incentives in Taxation

Nov 08, 2014 04:00 PM

The panel on Responses to Incentives in Taxation had an interesting mix of presenters discussing various aspects of sales tax, property tax, and tax credits.


Session Recap: Drivers of College Application, Enrollment, and Major

Nov 08, 2014 03:30 PM

Researchers in this session drew on state and national data to examine factors that influence students’ applications, enrollment, and major decisions.


Plenary Recap: APPAM/NASPAA Joint Plenary with Jeff Bingaman

Nov 08, 2014 03:00 PM

To kick off the 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference, the former U.S. Senator from New Mexico Jeff Bingaman spoke at the APPAM/NASPAA Joint Plenary. The Senator spoke on how we can work to make government function better.


Session Recap: How the Aging of the Population Will Affect Federal Spending on Older People

Nov 08, 2014 02:00 PM

Since aging become a globally problem for many countries, several studies focused on recent aging-related policy implications.


Session Recap: Prison Boom: Causes, Consequences, and Policy

Nov 08, 2014 02:00 PM

At the 2014 Fall Research Conference, Bruce Western, Harvard University; Craig Haney, University of Santa Cruz; and Lawrence Mead, New York University presented in a session entitled Prison Boom: Causes, Consequences, and Policy. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Western, Haney, and Mead looked to answer several questions.


Friday Poster Winners

Nov 08, 2014 02:00 AM

Winners from Friday's poster session.


Session Recap: Sustainability and Energy Transitions

Nov 07, 2014 11:38 PM

In this session four papers were presented, three of which investigated the sustainability and renewable energy in the United States and one was a case study in Germany.


Session Recap: Federalism and the Enforcement of Environmental and Safety Regulations

Nov 07, 2014 11:19 PM

In this Fall Research Conference session, three papers were presented regarding environmental and safety regulations.


Session Recap: Beyond Internal Validity--The Peter H. Rossi Lecture

Nov 07, 2014 09:20 PM

Dr. Larry Orr was selected as this year’s 2014 Peter H. Rossi Award winner. Orr began his discussion by highlighting the important times and influential people in his life and career. He mentioned how he got his start as Assistant Professor at Wisconsin, Madison and discussed working with Joseph Newhouse on the RAND project.


Session Recap: Survey Data Versus Administrative Data in Evaluation

Nov 07, 2014 08:12 PM

Data source is an essential part for research. As evaluation relies more on evidence from research and analysis, whether administrative data and survey data have significant difference or not is becoming a heated discussion among researchers and practitioners today.


Covering the cover letter: Understanding the importance of the cover letter in the application process

Nov 07, 2014 08:00 PM

Two pages or two paragraphs? Chronological account or persuasive essay? No cover letter required, so should I submit one anyway? How important is a cover letter anyway? After attending the Professional Development Workshop at #2014APPAM, I am not sure I could leave without full conviction of the importance of a cover letter.


Session Recap: How to Protect Sensitive Data: Tools for Researchers and Programs

Nov 07, 2014 03:00 PM

With the fast development of information technology, we have become used to having access to different kinds of data. However, it becomes more and more important for people who are dealing with data in their daily life to pay more attention to data protection.


Session Recap: Nonprofit Dynamics in Diverse Policy Environments: International and Domestic Perspectives

Nov 07, 2014 02:00 PM

The panel on Nonprofit Dynamics in Diverse Policy Environments: International and Domestic Perspectives was marked by interesting rationalization about the effects of various nonprofit strategies that were tested using remarkable datasets. Two papers were based on custom built data sets on U.S. nonprofits that were created using public filings, administrative data, and surveys. The two other papers had data on nonprofits from structurally different countries: Lebanon and Cambodia.


Session Recap: Nonprofit Financial Management: Insights from the Public and Private Sectors

Nov 07, 2014 01:30 PM

The Thursday panel on nonprofit financial management raised a set of interesting questions with regards to nonprofits through the lens of random shock, unrestricted net assets, and public charities' pension plans.


Symposia Recap: Politics and Policy Making

Nov 07, 2014 01:00 PM

Some extremely interesting and pertinent topics regarding racial demographics and the two political parties were discussed in the symposium on Politics and Policy Making in the United States.


Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage

Nov 04, 2014 03:00 PM

With over half of all births—many unplanned—to young adults in the United States today occurring outside of marriage, the result is an increase in poverty and inequality for children. One side of the political aisle argues for more social support for unmarried parents, while the other side argues for a return to traditional marriage.


Rossi Award Winner Larry Orr Talks Career, Successes, and Inspiration in Evaluation

Oct 31, 2014 01:00 PM

Earlier this month, APPAM announced Dr. Larry L. Orr of Johns Hopkins University as the latest recipient of the Peter H. Rossi Award. For the last 40 years, Orr has made numerous notable contributions to the field of evaluation. He is also known for helping other researchers conceptualize and conduct their own high quality work.


Key Ingredients in the Program Recipe: Insights from Baking for Program Evaluation

Oct 29, 2014 01:00 PM

APPAM Policy Council member Laura Peck sees a lot of similarities between the art of baking and successful program evaluation.


Good Education Policy is Good Health Policy

Oct 22, 2014 02:00 PM

Graduating from high school is associated with many benefits, but perhaps the biggest benefit is a longer life and better health.


A Conversation with 2014 Kershaw Winner Donald Moynihan

Oct 21, 2014 02:00 PM

Last month Donald Moynihan, professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs, was announced as this year’s recipient of the David N. Kershaw Award. Given every two years, the award is presented to a scholar under the age of 40 who has made a distinguished contribution to public policy analysis and management. Moynihan took some time to discuss his work, the award, and people who have had an influence on his life.


Using Implementation Science to Advance the Adoption of Evidence-Based Programs

Oct 10, 2014 04:00 PM

Recently, Mathematica Policy Research hosted a forum that examined the emerging field of implementation science. There is growing recognition across disciplines of the importance of implementation research to guide the adoption, replication, and scale-up of evidence-based programs.


Is There a “Workable” Race-Neutral Alternative to Affirmative Action in College Admissions?

Oct 02, 2014 02:00 PM

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified when and how it is legally permissible for universities to use an applicant’s race or ethnicity in its admissions decisions. The court concluded in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin that such use is permitted when “no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity.”


Traffic Tickets Shown to Reduce Incidents of Motor Vehicle Accidents and Non-Fatal Injuries

Sep 24, 2014 02:00 PM

Reducing motor vehicle accidents is a perennial concern for health policy makers. Motor vehicle accidents cause more than 40,000 deaths and several million injuries each year, and are also the leading cause of death among children in the United States. While a large body of literature examines the impact of regulations and technological innovations, such as seat belts, airbags, and child safety seats, there has been considerably less work on the effect of traffic law enforcement.


APPAM Presents 2014 Best Dissertation Award to University of Chicago’s Anjali Adukia

Sep 18, 2014 02:00 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce Anjali Adukia, an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, as the winner of the 2014 Best Dissertation Award. Honorable mention goes to Sara Heller, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Criminology.


Why Students Are Important to APPAM

Sep 18, 2014 01:00 PM

Did you know that student members make up nearly half of APPAM’s active membership? This means that if you’re a student, you’re a critical part of the Association and essential to its future. In today’s high-paced and competitive world, it’s important that APPAM have a great membership core of young professionals who are shaping the future of public policy research and analysis.


Spotlight: Syracuse University

Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is among the oldest such institutions in the world, founded in 1924 and celebrating its 90th anniversary this fall.


Can Income Tax Reform Spur Economic Growth?

Sep 15, 2014 01:00 PM

There’s been a long-held understanding among economists that the United States tax system can have important effects on economic growth. Such a connection has loomed rather large during the recent downturn of the last few years. There remains considerable debate about how the current income tax system affects the economy, how large those effects are, and what the potential is for politically feasible tax reforms to boost the national economy.


Two IUPUI Faculty to Be Published

Sep 09, 2014 02:30 PM

APPAM members and Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs faculty Saba Siddiki and Doug Noonan have papers forthcoming in two academic journals.


The Impact of Subsidized Birth Control for College Women: Evidence from the Deficit Reduction Act

Sep 08, 2014 03:00 PM

Authors Emily Gray Collins and Brad Hershbein use a unique natural experiment to investigate the sensitivity of American college women's contraceptive choice and sexual behavior to the price of prescription birth control. With the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Congress inadvertently and unexpectedly increased the effective price of birth control pills (“the Pill”) at college health centers more than three-fold, from $5 to $10 a month to between $30 to $50 a month.


Going Local

Sep 04, 2014 01:00 PM

As anyone who has done a local site visit or studied street-level bureaucracy knows, there is a lot of interesting variation in the delivery of policy or programs at the local level. Local idiosyncrasies of political conflict or will, economic conditions, and bureaucratic or nonprofit capacity matter to the outcomes we observe across places, programs, and populations. To some extent, “all policy is local.”


Why Has Growth in Spending for Fee-for-Service Medicare Slowed?

Sep 02, 2014 02:00 PM

Growth in spending per beneficiary in the fee-for-service portion of Medicare has slowed substantially in recent years. The slowdown has been widespread, extending across all of the major service categories, groups of beneficiaries that receive very different amounts of medical care, and all major regions.​


Find Success as a Graduate Student

Sep 02, 2014 01:00 PM

As many of our student members are discovering, graduate school is a completely different experience than the "halcyon days" of undergraduate school. What may have worked in getting you through your bachelor's degree is not necessarily the same approach you should take to achieve your postgraduate dreams.​


The Poverty-Reducing Effect of Medicaid

Aug 25, 2014 02:00 PM

Medicaid provides health insurance for more than 54 million Americans. In this paper, featured at last year's Fall Research Conference, authors Benjamin D. Sommers and Donald Oellerich use the Census Bureau's supplemental poverty measure to estimate the impact of eliminating the program. They found that Medicaid kept between 2.6 and 3.4 million people out of poverty in 2010, making it the country's third-largest antipoverty program.


Spotlight: UNC Charlotte

Aug 18, 2014 06:00 PM

The Public Policy Ph.D. program began in 2001 as a predominately part-time program focused on applied work but has grown to a full-time program that is relatively evenly split between academic and applied foci. The group of faculty across a number of departments that launched the program in the late 90s, backed by a “pay it forward” dean, pulled together this innovative interdisciplinary Ph.D. at a time when it seemed unlikely that there would be a social science Ph.D. program.


Fragile Health and Fragile Wealth: Mortgage Strain Among African American Homeowners

Aug 18, 2014 01:00 PM

The dominant public discourse around the recent mortgage and foreclosure crisis has primarily focused on recent housing market dynamics such as subprime lending and declining housing values. In this paper from the APPAM Online Paper Collection, authors Danya Keene, Julia Lynch, and Amy Baker present an alternative narrative about mortgage default and foreclosure that emerged from 28 in-depth interviews with working-class, African American homeowners who were at risk of losing their homes.


NASPAA and APPAM Offering Joint Sessions and Events During Fall Conferences in November

Aug 14, 2014 01:00 PM

This year, NASPAA and APPAM will be co-located together in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The annual NASPAA conference overlaps with APPAM’s Fall Research Conference on November 5 and 6; both associations are offering joint sessions and events during those days and welcome attendees from both conferences.​


Beyond the GED: Can Adult Charters Help Close the Skills Gap?

Aug 08, 2014 01:30 PM

There are 40 million adults who do not have a high school diploma; 60,000 of them reside in the District of Columbia. The District has pioneered the concept of adult charter schools, centers of education that strive to provide adults with the assistance they need to pass the General Education Development test (GED). Outside of the District’s 11 schools, two in Minneapolis, Minnesota and one in Austin, Texas are under consideration. No other programs like these exist in the country.


APPAM Taking Nominations for 2015 Policy Council, Committees

Aug 06, 2014 02:00 PM

Have you ever considered being more involved in APPAM? One of the most rewarding avenues of service within the Association is through the Policy Council. “APPAM benefits greatly from the time and energy that members of the Policy Council invest in the Association,” says APPAM President Angela Evans. “They undertake work that ensures the Association continues to offer its members—and the policy community writ large—programs and services that enhance policy research and its implementation.”


The Performance of Performance-based Contracting in Human Services: A Quasi-experiment

Aug 05, 2014 02:00 PM

Performance-based contracting (PBC) is an increasingly attractive practice to public human service agencies. By attaching contract compensation to a contractor's performance achievement, PBC encourages quality services, better outcomes, and less monitoring.


Summer 2014 Video Update from the APPAM President

Aug 04, 2014 01:00 PM

APPAM President Angela Evans thanks the Policy Council and the Association membership for all their hard work so far. She also discusses the great things President-Elect Jane Waldfogel is doing for this year's conference, the Association's largest in recent memory. Finally, Evans gives an update on the Association's committees and their invaluable work.


Expanding Opportunity in America: A Summary of AEI's Forum with Paul Ryan

Jul 29, 2014 02:00 PM

Last Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, DC, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled his new antipoverty proposal that reforms public assistance programs for low-income Americans. This plan encourages state and local policy innovation and encourages rigorous program evaluations.


The White/Black Educational Gap, Stalled Progress, and the Long-Term Consequences of the Emergence of Crack Cocaine Markets

Jul 28, 2014 02:00 PM

Historically, there have been persistent differences between the high school completion rates and standardized test scores of white and black students. These differences narrowed between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s as the educational outcomes of black students improved dramatically. Then, for reasons that previous researchers have been unable to explain, this progress stopped.


The Football Name Debate: Are We Missing the Point?

Jul 23, 2014 02:00 PM

“The debate is over about the R-word; it’s now about whether if it’s proper to have a football team in this country carry on using a defined slur.” That was the closing statement by Jacqueline Pata, the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Her comment capped off a forum at the Center for American Progress, "Missing the Point: The Real Impact of Native Mascots and Team Names on American Indian and Alaska Native Youth."


Spotlight: AcademyHealth

Jul 21, 2014 04:00 PM

Since its inception, AcademyHealth has been advancing the field of health services research by acting as a broker of information, bringing together stakeholders to address the current and future needs of an evolving health system, inform health policy, and translate evidence into action.


Is Student Debt Hindering Homeownership?

Jul 18, 2014 03:00 PM

Since 2004, student loan debt has tripled to $1.1 trillion, surpassing both outstanding auto and credit card debt. Many have sought to connect the dots between the rise in student debt and the five percent decline in homeownership, but research presented this week at the Urban Institute raises questions about the evidence.


Short-Time Compensation as a Tool to Mitigate Job Loss?

Jul 14, 2014 01:00 PM

Authors Katharine G. Abraham, University of Maryland, and Susan N. Houseman, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, present new evidence indicating that jobs saved during the recession as a consequence of short-time compensation program could have been significant in manufacturing, but that the overall scale of the STC was generally too small to have substantially mitigated aggregate job losses in the 17 states.


Writing Research: Delivering Your Introduction

Jul 09, 2014 01:00 PM

Style and format of research papers vary from subject to subject and journal to journal. While how you write your paper depends on the publication and reader you are addressing, the basic structure of the paper remains constant no matter the subject or discipline. The next critical step is a properly crafted Introduction. Many readers and editors don’t get past this section, so it’s where your best written work needs to be presented.


Spotlight: Georgetown University

Jun 23, 2014 01:00 PM

Establishing a public policy school in the nation’s capital originated as an idea in the Georgetown University Department of Government and Economics in the late 1970s. Today, the McCourt School is the ninth school at Georgetown University and the first new school at the university since 1957. The McCourt School is housed in the historic Old North building at Georgetown University.


General Education and Public Policy Students

Jun 18, 2014 01:00 PM

The tension between theory and practice is nothing new for the field of public policy. Resolving the pull between theory and practice has been central in the development of the field of public policy and administration. As far back as the late 19th century, Woodrow Wilson, the “father” of American public administration, struggled with this tension as he wrestled with questions regarding how America would govern itself as it grew as a nation.


An APPAM Membership Update

Jun 10, 2014 04:00 PM

It’s a well-known f act that the membership is the lifeblood of any association, and here at APPAM we want to make sure that our members are receiving the maximum return on investment for their memberships each year. We want you to know that we are listening to your suggestions from recent conferences and surveys; with your feedback, we’re making a few additions to your member benefits.


Why Policy Schools Really Matter

If you are a professor (which I am) or student (which I was) at a public policy school, you like to tell yourself that your work, in some small way, bridges academia and the world by offering an analytic approach to solving real-world problems. An op-ed by Donald Moynihan, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Making the Most of Your Internship

Jun 03, 2014 01:00 PM

Its summertime and many students are taking on various internships between semesters. How do you make the most of your experience and impress your temporary employer? Here are eight great common tips to keep in mind as you venture forth to your internship.


How Twitter Can Enhance Your Research

Jun 03, 2014 01:00 PM

Successful use of the microblogging service can add extra value to your next research project and for expanding the communication reach of your department, division, or team. Twitter can be used for external and internal communications, crowdsourcing, metrics, and organization. Successful use of any of these areas will add value and enhance your project, opening up additional avenues for networking, data, peer discussion, and project promotion.


In Search of…Public Policy Internships

Jun 02, 2014 01:00 PM

An internship in the public policy field is the best way to bridge the gap between your education and landing a great job. A great position can help you develop your policy experience through learning the career ropes from veteran professionals. By the time you finish your internship, you’ve gained relevant knowledge to help you decide if a public policy career is the right track for you, or even further define what policy field is the best fit.


Spotlight: University of Oregon

May 28, 2014 05:00 PM

The University of Oregon MPA is based in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. Eugene is a lush, green town at the nexus of the Willamette and McKenzie Rivers. MPA students actually start the program by getting to know each other and the faculty at a two day welcome retreat located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. (It’s also home to some of the best craft breweries in the U.S.) The intentionally small program embodies Eugene’s sense of community and closeness with the environment.


The Art and Science of Scholarly Publishing

May 27, 2014 01:00 PM

JPAM Editor Maureen Pirog shares some key principles to keep in mind when pursuing publication of scholarly work. Over the years as editor, she has designed a top 10 list of things that prospective authors should and should not do if they want to publish their work. It is meant to be constructive, and hopefully, it will be useful for some people.

Tara Sheehan

From the Director: Four Years Later, APPAM Continues to Grow

May 16, 2014 05:07 PM

APPAM's Executive Director recently celebrated her fourth year at the Association's helm. Take a look back over the last four years at all the great changes within the organization.


Choice in a World of New School Types

May 15, 2014 05:00 PM

As school choice options have evolved over recent years, it is important to understand what family and school factors are associated with the enrollment decisions families make. Families do not choose a charter school because of its racial or ethnic composition, nor do race and ethnicity within a household influence its choice of charter schools.


President's Update from the Spring Conference

May 14, 2014 05:30 PM

APPAM President Angela Evans provides an update on the Policy Council meeting that took place in April before the Spring Conference.


Old Assumptions, New Realities

May 07, 2014 05:00 PM

The way Americans live and work has changed significantly since the creation of the Social Security Administration in 1935, but U.S. social welfare policy has failed to keep up with these changes. The model of the male breadwinner-led nuclear family has given way to diverse and often complex family structures, more women in the workplace, and nontraditional job arrangements.


High School Exit Exams and Dropout in an Era of Increased Accountability

Apr 24, 2014 03:00 PM

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.


Fighting for Reliable Evidence

Apr 22, 2014 02:00 PM

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?


Join APPAM and Abt for a Special Forum on Experimental Design and Analysis

Apr 21, 2014 03:00 PM

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.


A Student's Look at the 2014 Spring Conference

Apr 17, 2014 01:01 PM

Rutgers University student Becky Kelleman attended APPAM's Spring Conference on April 12 and offers her impressions of the sessions she attended.


What Drives Your Research?

Apr 10, 2014 01:00 PM

As we are closing in on APPAM’s deadline for abstract submission, take a moment to reflect on what motivates you to go the extra mile in your research. It’s my experience that it usually takes an extra mile, and probably two, to bring that abstract, presentation, or paper to completion. In those moments, when perhaps the last thing you want to do is revisit a particular piece of research, what pushes you to go ahead and try to make it even better?


Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

Apr 09, 2014 03:00 PM

Between 1975 and 2007, the American incarceration rate increased nearly fivefold, a historic increase that puts the United States in a league of its own among advanced economies. The United States incarcerates more people today and stands out as the nation that most frequently uses incarceration to punish those who break the law. What factors explain the dramatic rise in incarceration rates in such a short period of time?


Changes in the Dynamics of Joint Participation in SNAP and UI Following the Great Recession

Apr 07, 2014 02:00 PM

This week's featured paper was originally presented in the session What Can Panel Data Tell Us About Participation in Federal Food Assistance Programs During the Great Recession? during the 2013 Fall Research Conference. This paper, by Alix Gould-Werth and H. Luke Shaefer, uses panel data from the national representative SIPP from years 2000-2011, to examine changes in the prevalence and character of joint participation in SNAP and UI among job losers during the Great Recession.


Improving Tax Credits for New Mothers and Reducing Marriage Penalties for Low-Income Americans

Apr 02, 2014 02:00 PM

Signed into law in 1975, the Earned Income Tax Credit was designed to offset regressive payroll taxes, supplement low wages, and reward hard work. The EITC has been strengthened several times by administrations on both sides of the political divide and is now considered one of the federal government’s largest and most effective anti-poverty programs. Currently, the EITC is the subject of many discussions on Capitol Hill.


Writing Research: Clarify Your Abstract

Apr 01, 2014 01:00 PM

The abstract for your research paper is often the first contact a reader has with your total work. It needs to draw their attention while stating relevant conclusions, all to draw them into your work so you can share the more relevant details. Writing a good abstract is key to get your paper accepted for publications and presentations, and should receive as much care and attention as the rest of your paper and the data therein.


Legacies of the War on Poverty

Mar 26, 2014 06:00 PM

The War on Poverty was launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In 2010, the official poverty rate was 15 percent, about as high as when the war was first declared. Many accounts, both historical and contemporary, tend to portray the War on Poverty as a costly experiment that planted doubts about the ability of public policy to address complex social problems.


Student Call for Action: Join Sarah Cordes' Volunteer Advisory Group

Mar 25, 2014 01:00 PM

APPAM recognizes that the student membership represents the future of the organization and is very eager to get students more involved. If you attended the Fall Research Conference last year, you already know that APPAM made some great strides in this direction by hosting its first Pre-Doctoral Professional Development workshop, which provided current students with a valuable opportunity to learn about topics that will be important for our careers: the job market, publishing, and grant-writing.


Meet Marcy Carlson, APPAM Policy Council Member

Mar 18, 2014 05:00 PM

Carlson is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Director for Training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE). She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on Poverty. Carlson's recent work is focused on union formation, fertility, parenting and child wellbeing, particularly among unmarried-parent families.


Meet Sarah Cordes: APPAM Policy Council Student Representative

Mar 11, 2014 02:00 PM

This year, APPAM welcomes the first of two student representatives to the Association’s Policy Council. Sarah Cordes, a fourth-year doctoral student at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, was selected in December 2013 by Paul T. Decker, then-President of APPAM, and Michael Shires, Chair of the Committee of Institutional Representatives.


The Emergence of Civic Engagement Networks: Microprocesses and Macro Outcomes

Mar 10, 2014 06:00 PM

Written by Juliet Musso and Christopher Weare from the University of Southern California, this paper was presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference session "Citizen Engagement Tools and Processes." It is this week's featured paper in APPAM's Online Paper Collection under the Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance policy category.


Meet David S. Johnson, APPAM's Newest Vice President

Mar 06, 2014 04:00 PM

David S. Johnson, Chief of the U.S. Census Bureau's Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, was elected this past January as the Association's new junior Vice President. He takes a few moments to share about his ideas and vision for APPAM.


Meet Matthew Stagner, APPAM's New Secretary

Feb 27, 2014 03:00 PM

Matthew Stagner directs the human services research in Mathematica’s Chicago office. He is a nationally known expert on youth development and risk behaviors, child welfare, evaluation design and methods and the role of research in policymaking. His work focuses on policies and programs for vulnerable youth, such as those transitioning out of foster care or into employment and postsecondary education.​


Meet Angela Evans, APPAM's President for 2014

"We face many challenges but clearly an important one is to ensure that our work as researchers and analysts remains relevant to the policy deliberations that take place at all levels of government. This means we have to be trusted advisers to those who make decisions--we have to be 'at the table' when policy problems are tackled and debated."


Beyond the GED: Preparing for College and a Career in the 21st Century

Jan 28, 2014 04:00 PM

The GED is a common pathway for many students to transition into postsecondary education and ultimately, the workforce. Past studies have indicated that in practice, many GED prep programs fall short of this goal. For the GED to live up to its potential as a viable alternative for youth to use to progress to and through postsecondary education, GED programs must re-evaluate the supports and services provided to students.

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