Wednesday, October 11, 2017

JPAM Announces 2017 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award Winners

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Raymond Vernon Memorial Award: Lauren Jones, The Ohio State University, and Nicolas Ziebarth, Cornell University for their paper “U.S. Child Safety Seat Laws: Are They Effective and Who Complies?” The paper was first published in the Summer 2017, Volume 36, issue of JPAM.

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APPAM/ASHEcon Webinar: The Intersection of Opioid Addiction and Evidence-Based Policy

Dec 12, 2017 03:27 PM

The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached alarming proportions. With over a thousand people dying each week due to opioid related overdoses, many have suggested evidence-based policy as a way to combat the epidemic. Join ASHEcon and APPAM experts on health policy and opioids as they take a deep-dive into the opioid crisis, how to use evidence-based policy to combat it, and what health economists can do to influence policy.

 
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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?

 
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Call for International Conference proposals

Dec 04, 2017 08:01 PM

APPAM invites researchers, analysts and policymakers to critically reflect on their experiences working on issues of public policy and urban development in their conference proposals.

 
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Attention members! Interested in hosting a webinar?

Nov 28, 2017 08:53 PM

APPAM encourages all member interested in hosting a webinar to submit a Webinar RFP. Click to find more information and explore past webinars and podcasts.

 
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November 2017 Professional Member Update

Nov 17, 2017 03:36 PM

#2077APPAM Wrap-Up, JPAM Featured Article and Policy Council Nominees.

 
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November 2017 Student Member Update

Nov 17, 2017 03:27 PM

Committee and APPAM Policy Council Nominations, Plus Student Conference Submissions.

 
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November 2017 Institutional Member Update

Nov 17, 2017 03:18 PM

Serve on APPAM Committees or the Policy Council, and Nominate a Student to Serve.

 
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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.

 
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JPAM Finds a New Home at American University

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) will move to it’s new home at the American University School of Public Affairs in July 2018. Erdal Tekin will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief. “Professor Tekin has excellent credentials for serving as JPAM’s Editor-in-Chief,” wrote the JPAM Selection Committee. “He is a first-rate academic with a long record of scholarly contributions in the areas of health and demographic economics.”

 
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#2017APPAM Daily: Saturday

Nov 04, 2017 09:10 PM

#2017APPAM Day Three Highlights

 
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#2017APPAM Daily: Friday

Nov 04, 2017 04:08 AM

#2017APPAM Day Two Highlights

 
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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.

 
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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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#2017APPAM Daily: Thursday

#2017APPAM Day Two Highlights

 
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#2017APPAM Daily: Wednesday

#2017APPAM Day One Highlights

 
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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,

 
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October 2017 Institutional Representative Update

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

 
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October 2017 Student Member Update

#2017appam features more student PD programming than ever.

 
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October 2017 Professional Member Update

Evidence, Data and Policy Engagement at #2017APPAM.

 
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Interview with Nick Hart: New Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative is designed to continue and expand the work of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, which outlined a vision that rigorous evidence can be created efficiently as a routine part of government operations. In turn, this evidence can be used to construct effective policy.

 
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JPAM Announces 2017 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award Winners

Oct 11, 2017 07:15 PM

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Raymond Vernon Memorial Award: Lauren Jones, The Ohio State University, and Nicolas Ziebarth, Cornell University for their paper “U.S. Child Safety Seat Laws: Are They Effective and Who Complies?” The paper was first published in the Summer 2017, Volume 36, issue of JPAM.

 
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Evidence-Based Policymaking at #2017APPAM

Oct 04, 2017 03:14 PM

The APPAM Fall Conference has long been the place to learn what’s going on in the world of evidence-based research. With the publication of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Report last month, we wanted to highlight the conference sessions that will touch on issues raised by this important report.

 
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The Wonk, Episode 3: The Public Policy Job Market 101

Oct 03, 2017 07:40 PM

'Tis the season of the public policy PhD job market! Join Menbere Shiferaw, PhD Candidate at the NYU Wagner School, and Ingrid Gould Ellen, Professor at the NYU Wager School, as they dive into the incredibly diverse policy job market. Menbere and Dr. Gould Ellen will explore the basics of the public policy job market, provide insights for doctoral students early in their career, and examine four types of employment available to policy PhDs.

 
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September 2017 Institutional Representative Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM September 2017 Institutional Representative Update.

 
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September 2017 Student Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM September 2017 Student Member Update.

 
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September 2017 Professional Member Update

Sep 25, 2017 01:00 PM

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM September 2017 Member Update.

 
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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.

 
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Watch the recent APPAM Webinar: You're Hired! Now What?

Sep 19, 2017 01:27 PM

The Do’s, the Don’ts, and What to Expect Once You’ve Snagged a Faculty Position   You’ve defended your dissertation, aced the interview, and snagged a coveted faulty position – congrats! But now what? APPAM policy academics divulge what to do (and not do) after you’ve received a faculty position. Viewers learn how to negotiate offers, what your new employer expects from you, how to prepare as a new-hire, and what the post-interview timeline looks like.

 
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2017 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Recipients Announced

2017 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Recipients Announced

 
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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.

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

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

 
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Join the APPAM Leadership!

APPAM is soliciting its members for nominations to the APPAM Policy Council and for the positions of President-Elect, Vice-President, and Secretary. All terms will begin in 2018. President-Elect, Vice President, and Secretary are 2-year terms; all Policy Council (Board) positions are 4-year terms. Policy Council members and those elected for officer positions help determine the strategic direction of APPAM and are involved in shaping the focus of the programs that benefit all members.

 
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#2017APPAM Presenters Selected

Jul 14, 2017 01:00 PM

The presenters for the 2017 Fall Research Conference have been selected and will be notified today.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Using Preferred Applicant Random Assignment (PARA) to Reduce Randomization Bias in Randomized Trials of Discretionary Programs

Jun 20, 2017 08:00 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.

 
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Student Member Spotlight: Menbere Shiferaw

Jun 15, 2017 01:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Menbere Shiferaw

 
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Member Spotlight: Nick Hart, Ph.D.

Jun 15, 2017 01:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Nick Hart, Ph.D.

 
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June 2017 Professional Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM June 2017 Member Update

 
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June 2017 Institutional Representative Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM June 2017 Institutional Representative Update

 
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June 2017 Student Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM June 2017 Student Member Update

 
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APPAM Student Brown Bag Session: Cyber Security

Please join this APPAM Student Brown Back Session on July 25th for a deep dive into the latest research and trends surrounding cyber security relevant to policy students. Professionals across government, industry, and academia will be on hand to connect with students and address the core strategies and practices of cyber defense and security and what policy makers can do to effectively address emerging national security issues.

 
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APPAM Academic Career Webinar

Are you a policy student interested in the academic job market but unfamiliar with the landscape? If so, APPAM invites you to listen to the recorded webinar to learn the fundamentals of timing, preparation, and other important essentials for policy students interested in academia and faculty positions. The webinar was held on Tuesday, June 6th.

 
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Wonk Podcast, Ep. 2: Machine Learning & Policy Analysis

What do machine learning and policy analysis have in common? Can machine learning technologies be applied to policy issues? How can machine learning applications use data to predict and classify objects? Menbere Shiferaw, PhD Student at the NYU Wager Graduate School of Public Service, and Dr. Susan Athey, Professor of Economics and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, investigate machine learning applications in the context of policy analysis.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Student Member Spotlight: Kimberly Arnold

May 17, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Kimberly Arnold

 
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Member Spotlight: Katie Vinopal, Ph.D.

May 17, 2017 04:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Katie Vinopal, Ph.D.

 
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May 2017 Institutional Representative Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM May 2017 Institutional Representative Update

 
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May 2017 Student Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM May 2017 Student Member Update

 
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May 2017 Professional Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM May 2017 Member Update

 
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JPAM Accepting Proposals for New Editorial Home

May 10, 2017 04:00 PM

APPAM is seeking proposals from institutions interested in becoming the editorial home for its flagship journal, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, for a five-year period beginning in July 2018. Kenneth Couch, the current JPAM Editor, will step down from the Editor role in 2018.

 
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We're Hiring!

APPAM recently partnered with ASHEcon, the American Society of Health Economists, to oversee the daily management needs of the organization. To further the mission of ASHEcon and to assist with the growing needs of APPAM, a coordinator is needed to provide support for these new programs and projects. Please apply online.

 
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APPAM and ASHEcon Enter Strategic Partnership

May 01, 2017 03:00 PM

WASHINGTON, DC (May 1, 2017) — The Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) and the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) are pleased to announce that they have recently entered a strategic partnership.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: U.S. Child Safety Seat Laws: Are they Effective, and Who Complies?

Apr 19, 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.

 
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Student Member Spotlight: Kirk Heffelmire

Apr 13, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Kirk Heffelmire

 
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April 2017 Professional Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM April 2017 Member Update

 
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April 2017 Institutional Representative Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM April 2017 Institutional Representative Update

 
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April 2017 Student Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM April 2017 Student Member Update

 
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APPAM Signs "Open Data" Letter to Congress

APPAM is proud to be a signatory of the "Open Data" letter to Congress dated April 5, 2017.

 
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Submit your #2017APPAM Proposal by April 5th!

Submissions for the 2017 Fall Research Conference are due by April 5th!

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "The Impact of Prenatal Exposure to Power Plant Emissions on Birth Weight: Evidence from a Pennsylvania Power Plant Located Upwind of New Jersey"

Mar 22, 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.

 
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2016 APPAM Annual Report Now Available

The 2016 APPAM Annual Report is now available. We are pleased to announce that 2016 was a great year for APPAM and 2017 is shaping up to be a promising year of change and growth for the Association.

 
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2017 Fall Research Conference Sponsorship

2017 Fall Research Conference Sponsorships are now available!

 
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March 2017 Institutional Representative Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM March 2017 Institutional Representative Update

 
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March 2017 Student Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM March 2017 Student Member Update

 
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March 2017 Professional Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM March 2017 Member Update

 
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Student Member Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez

Mar 14, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez

 
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Member Spotlight: Matt Young

Mar 14, 2017 04:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Matt Young, Ph.D.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "Presidential Prescriptions for State Policy: Obama's Race to the Top Initiative"

Mar 08, 2017 01:00 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.

 
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Registration for the 2017 Regional Student Conferences is Now Open!

Mar 01, 2017 03:00 PM

APPAM will host two regional student conferences in 2017. The DC Regional Student Conference will be held on April 7th - 8th, 2017 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. Registration for the events is now open!

 
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2017 APPAM Governance Meetings

APPAM will hold its next Institutional Representatives Meeting on Friday, March 31 at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be held from 3:00 – 5:30 and will immediately be followed by a reception, which all are welcome to attend.

 
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"Getting Accepted": Fall Research Conference Proposal Submission Webinar

Ever wonder why some sessions get accepted and others don't? Learn how to get accepted! Check out the recorded webinar for tips on getting your Fall Research Conference submission to stand out!

 
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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.

 
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February 2017 Institutional Representative Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM February 2017 Institutional Representative Update

 
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February 2017 Student Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM February 2017 Student Member Update

 
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February 2017 Professional Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM February 2017 Member Update

 
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Student Member Spotlight: Mallory Flowers

Feb 14, 2017 10:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Mallory Flowers

 
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Member Spotlight: Rebecca Myerson, Ph.D.

Feb 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Rebecca Myerson

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "Comparing Inference Approaches for RD Designs: A Reexamination of the Effect of Head Start on Child Mortality"

Feb 08, 2017 01:00 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.

 
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2017 Fall Research Conference Submission Period Open

Proposals for the 2017 Fall Research Conference are now being accepted. This year's Fall Research Conference will be held in Chicago November 2 - 4. Registration for the event will open in July.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "On Measuring and Reducing Selection Bias with a Quasi-Doubly Randomized Preference Trial"

Jan 25, 2017 01:00 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.

 
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APPAM Members Elect New Representatives to the 2017 Policy Council

APPAM members elected a new Vice President and new cohort of Policy Council members. Members also elected a Treasurer and appointed a new President-Elect and student rep to the board.

 
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January 2017 Professional Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM January 2017 Member Update

 
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January 2017 Student Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM January 2017 Student Member Update

 
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January 2017 Institutional Representative Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM January 2017 Institutional Representative Update

 
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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!

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "The Impact of Health Insurance on Preventive Care and Health Behaviors: Evidence from the First Two Years of the ACA Medicaid Expansions"

Jan 05, 2017 01:00 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.

 

APPAM/Sanford School Institutional Member Forum

Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy and 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 research and practice.

 
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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.

 

APPAM Announces Open Submission Period for 2017 Regional Student Conferences

Dec 19, 2016 03:15 PM

APPAM is now accepting proposal submissions for two Regional Student Conferences which will be held in April 2017. During these conferences, students will present research across a wide variety of policy areas, through poster sessions and on conference panels with their peers. Both Masters and Ph.D. students are encouraged to submit proposals for these conferences. Submissions for both conferences will be accepted until January 18, 2017.

 
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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.

 
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December 2016 Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM December 2016 Member Update

 
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Access the APPAM/MDRC Institutional Member Forum Webcast!

MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) and APPAM hosted a forum on December 13, 2016 which explored the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy. The event, held in DC, 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.

 
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APPAM Leadership and Policy Council Election Update

An update on the 2017 APPAM Elections

 
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Nominate a Student Member For Service on the APPAM Board

We are looking for a new student to join the Board for a two year term (2018 - 2019). If you have/had a student in one of your programs that you would like to nominate for this position, or if you are a student yourself and would like to serve on the Policy Council, please send one letter of recommendation and a CV to Tara Sheehan, by December 31, 2017.

 
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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.

 
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November 2016 Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM November 2016 Member Update

 
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#2016APPAM Coverage

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference

 
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Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Rossi Award Breakfast

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Peter Rossi Award Breakfast

 
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Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Presidential Address

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Presidential Address

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "College Enrollment and Completion Among Nationally Recognized High-Achieving Hispanic Students"

Nov 09, 2016 01:00 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 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: 2016 APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Lunch

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Lunch

 

Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM David N. Kershaw Award Lecture

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM David N. Kershaw Award Lecture

 

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"

 
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Register for the #2016APPAM Symposium Webcasts

If you are unable to join us for the 38th annual APPAM Fall Research Conference, there's still an opportunity to check out the symposium content!

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "Policy Reform and the Problem of Private Investment: Evidence from the Power Sector"

Nov 02, 2016 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "Early Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States"

Oct 26, 2016 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "Supplying Disadvantaged Schools with Effective Teachers: Experimental Evidence on Secondary Math Teachers from Teach For America"

Oct 19, 2016 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.

 
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October 2016 Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM October 2016 Member Update

 
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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?

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "Early Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States"

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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "The Effect of the Child Support Performance and Incentive Act of 1998 on Rewarded and Unrewarded Performance Goals"

Oct 12, 2016 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.

 
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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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "The Pass-Through of Taxes on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages to Retail Prices: The Case of Berkeley, California"

Oct 04, 2016 08:00 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.

 
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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.

 
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APPAM 2016 Member Survey

At APPAM, we value your membership. In order to ensure that your membership is beneficial - providing you the programming and content you've come to expect from our organization - we are inviting you to provide us feedback via the APPAM member survey.

 
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Member Spotlight: Roger J. Chin

Sep 22, 2016 04:43 PM

Member Spotlight: Roger J. Chin

 
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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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "Testing the School-to-Prison Pipeline"

Sep 19, 2016 04:00 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.

 
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September 2016 Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM September 2016 Member Update

 
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JPAM Featured Article: "The Effect of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Migration"

Sep 12, 2016 04:00 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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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August 2016 Member Update

Check out the latest happenings in the APPAM August 2016 Member Update

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation

Aug 11, 2016 01:00 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.

 
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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.

 
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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).

 
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Submit your #2016APPAM Caucus Proposal by Sept. 9!

We are now accepting proposals for caucus sessions at the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference. Details on submission requirements and process are listed below. Submissions will be accepted until September 9, 2016.

 
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Summer 2016 Student Update

Summer 2016 Student Update is now available!

 
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Registration for #2016APPAM is now open!

Registration for the 2016 Fall Research Conference is now open. The conference will be held Novermber 3 - 5 in Washington, DC.

 
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2017 Policy Council and Leadership Elections

A summary of how the 2017 APPAM elections work and the positions available.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Connections Matter: How Interactive Peers Affect Students in Online College Courses

Jun 27, 2016 06:45 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.

 
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#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"

 
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#APPAM16INTL Student Summary: "Educational Inequalities" Plenary

Summary of Tuesday June 14 Plenary: "Educational Inequallities"

 
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#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"

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Explaining the Consequences of Imprisonment for Union Formation and Dissolution in Denmark

Jun 14, 2016 08:08 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.

 
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#APPAM16INTL Student Summary: "Living with Insecurity" Plenary

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

 
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Apply for the APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship

Jun 07, 2016 08:39 PM

In an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, the Policy Council and APPAM’s Diversity Committee created the ‘APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship’ in April 2016. The fellowship will support the travel and participation of up to 25 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 3 -5, in Washington, DC.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: How Do Nonprofits Respond to Regulatory Thresholds: Evidence from New York's Audit Requirements

Jun 07, 2016 07:22 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: The Effect of Breakfast in the Classroom on Obesity and Academic Performance: Evidence from New York City

Jun 02, 2016 02:05 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Can Social-Emotional Learning Reduce School Dropout in Developing Countries

May 20, 2016 04:05 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Performance Standards and Employee Effort: Evidence from Teacher Absences

May 19, 2016 01:00 AM

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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Reading For Life and Adolescent Re-Arrest: Evaluating a Unique Juvenile Diversion Program

May 18, 2016 08:00 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.

 
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APPAM Student Brown Bag Series: Discussion & Networking with Lee Badgett

Are you an emerging policy professional eager to influence policy with your research? Please join APPAM and AcademyHealth as we take a deep dive into what policy students and practitioners can do to become an influential policy advisor and go-to person on emerging issues.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Broadening Benefits from Natural Resource Extraction: Housing Values and Taxation of Natural Gas Wells as Property

May 17, 2016 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Do School Report Cards Produce Accountability Through the Ballot Box?

May 16, 2016 04:05 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Big Data and Public Policy

May 16, 2016 04:05 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.

 
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Submit a Proposal to Host an APPAM Regional Student Conference

APPAM is seeking proposals from our institutional members to organize a second regional student conference in 2017, in addition to the regional student conference in Washington, D.C.

 
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Submit a Proposal to Organize the 2017 APPAM International Conference

APPAM is seeking proposals from our institutional members to organize an international conference in 2017.

 
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Institutional Member Spotlight: Pepperdine School of Public Policy

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy offers a two-year, full-time Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree, as well as joint degree programs with the Graziadio School of Business and Management (MPP/MBA), and with the Pepperdine School of Law (MPP/JD) and its Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (MPP/MDR).​

 
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Read APPAM's 2015 Annual Report

APPAM releases its 2015 Annual REport, which summarizes activities and highlights for the year.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Charter High Schools’ Effects

Mar 29, 2016 02:00 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Public and Private Production

Mar 22, 2016 03:00 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: Performance Standards and Employee Effort

Mar 15, 2016 08:53 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.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: The Effect of English Language Learner Reclassification

Mar 08, 2016 02:53 PM

"The Effect of English Language Learner Reclassification on Student ACT Scores, High School Graduation, and Postsecondary Enrollment: Regression Discontinuity Evidence From Wisconsin."

 
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JPAM Featured Article: The Effect of Nighttime Driving Restrictions on Teens

Feb 29, 2016 07:30 PM

We are both researchers with a deep interest in the effects, both intended and unintended, of policy interventions, particularly those relating to issues of criminal justice.  Having been personally exposed to GDL through family and friends, the hypothesized effects of the policy on crime seemed natural and important to us.

 
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An APPAM/Abt Associates Member Forum: Rethinking US Food Policy

APPAM and Abt Associates will team up and jointly host an Institutional Member Forum on Food Assistance Policy in Washington, D.C. in February 2016.

 
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APPAM Members Elect New Representatives to the Policy Council

APPAM members elect a new Vice President and new cohort of Policy Council members to the board. Members also re-elected its Secretary and appointed a new President-Elect, student rep to the board.

 
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Institutional Member Spotlight: McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific

The McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific, Sacramento campus, offers three distinctive professional degrees, which join knowledge of the law, competencies in analyses, and skills in action. The Public Policy and Administration degrees emphasize deep engagement of students with consequential public policy issues, consistent with the commitment to experiential learning that is the hallmark of the University.

 
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JPAM Featured Article: The Social and Productive Impacts of Zambia's Child Grant

Accumulated evidence from dozens of cash transfer programs across the world suggest that there are few interventions that can match the range of impacts and cost-effectiveness of a small, predictable monetary transfer to poor families in developing countries. However, individual published impact assessments typically focus on only one program and one outcome. This article presents two-year impacts of the Zambian Government’s Child Grant.

 
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Submissions Open for 2016 APPAM Spring Conference

Submissions for APPAM's 2016 Spring Conference in Washington DC will be open through the end of January 2016.

 
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Past APPAM President Angela Evans Named Dean of LBJ School

Past APPAM President Angela Evans is named Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.

 
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2016 Policy Council and Leadership Elections

A summary of how the APPAM elections work and who is running in 2016.

 
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New APPAM Database For Renewals, Registration and Member Activities Set to Debut

An introduction to APPAM's new membership database, MemberClicks.

 
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Working Group on Poverty Releases Report; Group Includes APPAM President and Two Past Presidents

AEI/Brookings release a consensus plan for reducing poverty; working groups includes many notables, including Ron Haskins and Jane Waldfogel.

 
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Angela Evans, Healther Campbell and Laura Peck at #2015APPAM
 
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#2015APPAM Student Summary: APPAM Presidential Address

A summary of Jane Waldfogel's Presidential Address, The Next War on Poverty

 
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#2015APPAM Student Summary: Student Session: Grant Writing

Summary of the grant writing session for students.

 
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#2015APPAM Student Summary: Spencer Foundation Award Lecture and Breakfast

Breakfast summary for the Spencer Foundation Award Lecture, Friday, 11/13.

 
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#2015APPAM Student Summary: Membership and Awards Lunch

Summary of the membership and awards lunch on Friday, 11/13.

 
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#2015APPAM Student Summary: Student Session: Tips for Getting Published

Summary of the publishing session for students, Thursday, 11/12.

 
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#2015APPAM: Student Summary: Breakfast Caucuses

A summary of one of the caucuses. Saturday, 11/14.

 
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Attending #2015APPAM For the First Time: A Student Perspective

Nov 13, 2015 11:27 AM

A student perspective from #2015APPAM.

 
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Presenting a Paper or Poster, Chairing or Discussing at #2015APPAM?

Here are some last minute tips for getting ready for Miami!

 
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Spotlight: Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

The mission of the Bloustein School and the Program in Public Policy “pursues equitable and efficient solutions to public problems at multiple levels from the global to the local.” The complexity of the questions facing today’s policymakers has grown immeasurably; at the Bloustein School, we are committed to giving our students the knowledge to deal with these questions, preparing them to become agents of positive change.

 
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Streamed Sessions at APPAM's Fall Research Conference

Oct 26, 2015 07:11 PM

If you are unable to attend APPAM's 2015 Fall Research Conference in Miami, November 12-14 and wish to experience some of the conference, APPAM has the solution. During the Fall Research Conference, APPAM will be live streaming three, ninety-minute symposia focused on evidence-based policy.

 
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APPAM and ICPA-Forum Award 2015 Best Comparative Paper

Oct 23, 2015 07:51 PM

APPAM, in conjunction with the International Comparative Policy Analysis (ICPA) Forum, are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Award for Best Comparative Paper. Dr. Laura Langbein and Dr. Pablo Sanabria were selected for their paper "Independent Professional Bureaucracies and Street-Level Corruption: Evidence From Latin America," originally presented at APPAM’s 2014 Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

 
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Helpful Info for New Attendees of #2015APPAM

Helpful Info for New Attendees of #2015APPAM

 
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JPAM Awards 2015 Vernon Memorial Prize

Oct 13, 2015 07:30 PM

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is pleased to announce that the winners of this year’s Raymond Vernon Memorial Award are Thomas S. Dee and James H. Wyckoff for their paper Incentives, Selection and Teacher Performance: Evidence from IMPACT.

 
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Manasi Deshpande to Receive APPAM's 2015 Best Dissertation Award

Oct 07, 2015 05:00 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce Manasi Deshpande, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as the winner of the 2015 Best Dissertation Award. Honorable mention goes to Alexander Smith, University of Virginia and Gabriel Cardona-Fox, University of Texas, Austin.

 
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APPAM Student Brown Bag Series: Health Care Policy

There are many ways in which public policy affects health outcomes. One such policy, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has impacted how the country’s health care system serves millions of Americans. The focus has now shifted to how policies like the ACA affect health care services and other social determinants of health.

 
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Sean Reardon to Receive 2015 Spencer Foundation Award from APPAM

Sep 28, 2015 06:24 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management (APPAM) has selected Sean Reardon, Stanford University, as the recipient of the 2015 Spencer Foundation Award. The Spencer Foundation Award recognizes noteworthy contributions through research and analysis in the field of education policy and management.​

 
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Rebecca Blank, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin - Madison to Receive the 2015 APPAM Exemplar Award

Sep 18, 2015 01:50 PM

APPAM is pleased to announce that Rebecca Blank, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison and former APPAM President (2006-2007), is the recipient of this year’s APPAM Exemplar Award. The Exemplar 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.

 
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Mathematica Hosts Disability Research Consortium Annual Meeting

Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy and the National Bureau of Economic Research Hosts the Disability Research Consortium Annual Meeting.

 
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Spotlight: Baruch College School of Public Affairs

Jul 31, 2015 06:00 PM

The mission of the School of Public Affairs is to enhance the performance of governmental and nonprofit institutions in New York and the nation in the interest of effective and equitable public service and public policy in a diverse society.

 
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APPAM Hosts First Student Brown Bag Series Event - Big Data and Science & Technology Policy

Jul 22, 2015 02:30 PM

APPAM Hosts Brown Bag Session on Big Data and Science & Technology Policy.

 
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Interview with Juliet Musso, Chair, Committee of Institutional Representatives

Jul 20, 2015 04:42 PM

The Chair of APPAM's Committee of Institutional Representatives, Juliet Musso talks with APPAM staff about her goals for her term and APPAM.

 
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Brookings Institution Hosts Conference: Preparing the Next Generation of Manufacturers through Community Colleges

Jul 13, 2015 06:39 PM

On July 9, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institute hosted a half-day conference focused on the growing partnership between community colleges and the manufacturing sector.

 
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Spotlight: School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington, DC

Jun 30, 2015 08:24 PM

SPA provides its faculty and graduates the opportunity to tackle complex issues with thoughtful research that educates, informs, promotes change and contributes to the global conversation.

 
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APPAM Student Brown Bag Series - Big Data and Science & Technology Policy

Jun 25, 2015 01:52 PM

Please join us on Tuesday, July 21, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the University Club in Washington, DC to network and explore Big Data with practitioners and academics.

 
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Urban Institute Hosts Panel Discussion: Opportunity in Urban America

Jun 16, 2015 02:36 PM

The Urban Institute marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of HUD by hosting a panel discussion, Opportunity in Urban American. HUD Secretary Julián Castro joined city leaders, and urban experts reflecting on the shared history of HUD and the Urban Institute, discussing the current state of opportunity in American cities, and looking ahead to the challenges facing urban communities in the next 50 years.

 
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Spotlight: SDA Bocconi School of Management

Jun 04, 2015 04:04 PM

The MPA program provides a learning environment enabling participants to develop a creative mindset required to tackle public management issues.

 
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Submit a Proposal for a Fall Conference Caucus, starting June 15th

In 2015, we will offer a number of caucuses held over breakfast on Saturday, November 14th in the Exhibit Hall. These informal discussions center on an emerging policy or management topic and are led by a moderator. Focusing around evolving research topics, participants are encouraged to provide feedback, questions, and discourse. A light breakfast will be provided for all caucus speakers and attendees.​

 
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Memo to APPAM Members: Senate Student Privacy Bill Threatens Use of Education Data

May 28, 2015 06:28 PM

On May 14, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced The Student Privacy Protection Act (SB 1341). This legislation, if it were to pass, would have a devastating impact on the quality of education research.

 
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Mathematica Hosts Forum: Advanced Analytics for Better Decision Making

On May 20 at its Washington, DC offices Mathematica hosted the forum and webinar, Advanced Analytics for Better Decision Making.

 
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Scott Latham Shares His Fall Research Conference Experiences

May 21, 2015 07:49 PM

Scott Latham, a 4th year Ph.D. student at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia shares his experience of presenting a paper at APPAM's Fall Research Conference.

 
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PublicServiceCareers.org, Your Source for Professional Jobs in the New Public Sector

May 13, 2015 07:52 PM

PublicServiceCareers.org is the most widely used website for finding jobs, career advice, and information on degrees in public service and public affairs. It is sponsored by the three most prominent organizations in professional public service and education: Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and the American Society for Public Administration.​

 
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Top Reason to Attend the Fall Research Conference

May 13, 2015 01:48 PM

The APPAM Fall Research Conference attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues.

 
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Spotlight: University of Maryland, Baltimore County School of Public Policy

Apr 23, 2015 03:41 PM

The mission of the School of Public Policy is to provide quality education for a diverse range of students, both full and part-time. The School welcomes students who have recently completed their undergraduate education or master's degree, and are interested in pursuing careers in policy analysis, management, or research, as well as mid-career professionals who want to improve their abilities and qualifications.​

 
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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!

 
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Member Spotlight: Michael Siciliano

Apr 14, 2015 04:43 PM

Member Spotlight: Michael Siciliano

 
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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.

 
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APPAM Fall Conference: Need Another Paper For Your Panel?

As you are creating your submissions, we encourage you to check the Single Paper Listings below for papers that might work well with your proposal in order to submit a complete panel.

 
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2014 Fall Conference Online Paper Collection

The following represents a selected cross section of papers presented at the 2014 Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, NM last November.

 
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Interview with Ron Haskins, APPAM President-elect

Mar 11, 2015 08:11 PM

APPAM President-elect Ron Haskins talks with staff about the Fall Research Conference and APPAM.

 
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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.

 
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APPAM Student Happy Hour in DC: Tuesday, March 24th

Feb 23, 2015 09:13 PM

Join Us for Happy Hour! APPAM Student Happy Hour Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m Tonic Restaurant at Quigley’s Pharmacy 2036 G St. NW Washington, DC 20036 Closest Metro Station: Foggy Bottom Come join us for a post spring break happy hour to connect with current policy members and learn how APPAM membership has benefited them both as students and after graduation. Policy students of all levels are invited to join APPAM members and staff for complementary cocktails and

 
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JPAM Early View: Waging War on Poverty: Poverty Trends Using a Historical Supplemental Poverty Measure

Using data from the Consumer Expenditure Survey and the March Current Population Survey, we provide poverty estimates for 1967 to 2012 based on a historical supplemental poverty measure (SPM). During this period, poverty, as officially measured, has stagnated. However, the official poverty measure (OPM) does not account for the effect of near-cash transfers on the financial resources available to families.​

 
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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.

 
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JPAM Early View: The Currents Beneath the "Rising Tide" of School Choice

THE CURRENTS BENEATH THE “RISING TIDE” OF SCHOOL CHOICE: AN ANALYSIS OF STUDENT ENROLLMENT FLOWS IN THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 
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APPAM President-Elect Testifies Before Congress

Ron Haskins, APPAM President-Elect testifies before Congress on the importance of work to escape poverty.

 
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Memo to APPAM Members: Access for Researchers to Education Data

There is widespread belief among people who follow education issues in Washington DC that there could be a provision in upcoming legislation that would have an impact on researchers who use data from local and state school systems.

 
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Early View JPAM Articles Available

Jan 29, 2015 03:55 PM

Here are some links to Early View JPAM articles

 
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APPAM Members Elect New Leadership to the Policy Council

APPAM members elect a new Vice President and cohort of Policy Council Members and appoint a new President-Elect, Treasurer and student rep to the board.

 
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Vote in the APPAM Election for 2015 Policy Council Members and Leaders

Jan 15, 2015 02:51 PM

If you're a current APPAM member and you have not yet voted, be sure to do so today. You should have received a reminder ballot last week. If you have not, please email Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org.

 
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JPAM: Can Genetics Predict Response to Complex Behavioral Interventions?

Jan 07, 2015 03:02 PM

Some children are more sensitive to their environments, for better and worse, Duke researchers discover. Listen to a podcast, describing the study here, http://bit.ly/1tJA2xt

 
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APPAM Introduces Haskins, Waldfogel, and Evans as 2015 Leadership Team

Jan 06, 2015 03:00 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is happy to announce the Association’s new leadership team for 2015. Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University, officially steps into her role as APPAM’s President, replacing Angela Evans, University of Texas at Austin, who moves into the role of Immediate Past President. Ron Haskins, Brookings University, joins the Executive Committee as President-Elect.

 

A longtime proponent of marriage wants to reassess the institution’s future

Jan 05, 2015 02:00 PM

In the turbulent culture wars over sex, love, poverty and the future of the American family, Isabel V. Sawhill, the winner of APPAM's 2014 Exemplar Award and a blunt, influential and formidable voice, has long come down squarely on the side of marriage.

 
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Spotlight: Georgia State University

The students, faculty, and alumni of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University (GSU) work to advance economic opportunity, human rights and social justice by helping to improve public policy and management around the globe.

 
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A Grad Student Experiences First Fall Conference

Dec 22, 2014 02:00 PM

As a graduate student in economics from the University of Washington, the Fall Research Conference organized by APPAM was a fantastic opportunity to learn and interact with scholars and practitioners from different fields and institutions. I attended this conference to present my work on educational policy, more specifically, how environmental pollution may impact students’ academic performance.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Dec 20, 2014 02:00 PM

Best tweets and posts across the research and policy social media feeds for the week.

 
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Housing America’s Seniors: Demand, Supply, and Public Policy

Dec 18, 2014 06:00 PM

Affordable and accessible housing is a central tenet for people of all ages, especially so for older adults over the age of 65. Housing is often the largest cost in most household budgets, which directly affects day-to-day financial security and future wealthbuilding. Over the next three decades, the number of American households headed by people of age 65 and older will increase dramatically.

 
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Reimagining the Educational Path to the Workforce

Dec 17, 2014 05:00 PM

One of the most longstanding problems that plagues the American postsecondary education system is the lack of a clear pathway for students to follow from the start of their education to their career. Complete College America, a national nonprofit that is dedicated to expanding the pool of American college graduates, tackles this problem as one of its five “game-changer” strategies, the Guided Pathways to Success (GPS).

 
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Local and State Minimum Wage Laws

Dec 16, 2014 02:00 PM

A wave of states and cities have recently passed laws raising their local minimum wage requirement above the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Earlier this year, my home city of Seattle passed a new law raising our minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2017, and San Francisco voters this month likewise approved a ballot measure to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2018. Many commentators were surprised that voters in traditionally “red” states passed minimum wage increases.

 
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Data and the Quest for Available Access

Dec 15, 2014 02:00 PM

Data is the bedrock of our work as scholars and teachers of public policy and management and as we study and educate with the goal of improving the quality of policy and management. Our approaches vary, but whatever our discipline and methodology, we learn by observation.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Dec 13, 2014 02:00 PM

Best tweets and posts across the research and policy social media feeds for the week.

 
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Corporate Tax Cuts and Foreign Direct Investment

Dec 11, 2014 03:30 PM

Accurate policy evaluation is central to optimal policymaking, but difficult to achieve. Most often, analysts have to work with observational data and cannot directly observe the counterfactual of a policy to assess its effect accurately.

 
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Now Taking Applications for Open Student Seat on APPAM's Policy Council

Dec 11, 2014 02:02 PM

As part of the approved changes to APPAM's Policy Council from 2013, two student seats were created to better include the student voice in APPAM's governing body. Each seat is a two-year staggered term. One student will be appointed annually by a committee co-chaired by the APPAM President, Jane Waldfogel, and the Chair of Institutional Representatives, Michael Shires. Sarah Cordes was appointed in 2014 and is halfway through her term as student representative.

 
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Outgoing President Angela Evans Looks Back at 2014

Dec 10, 2014 02:00 PM

APPAM's outgoing president, Angela Evans, took a few moments to look back at her term and share her thoughts on future challenges facing the Association, entering APPAM leadership roles, and her excitement for the organization's future.

 
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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.

 
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Call for Proposals: Spring Conference 2015

Dec 08, 2014 03:00 PM

The goal of the conference is to begin a dialogue among academic researchers; policymakers, who create policy; and practitioners, who implement policy. The conversation aims to advance the exchange of knowledge and information among these sectors, creating better informed policy deliberations. APPAM will use this conference to determine if the Association can play a role in this exchange, and if so, what that may entail.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Dec 06, 2014 02:00 PM

Best tweets and posts across the research and policy social media feeds for the week.

 
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Student Update: Winter 2014

Dec 04, 2014 03:00 PM

Policy Council student representative Sarah Cordes gives a recap of this year's fall conference and other Association issues that impact students.

 
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Show Me the Evidence: Highlighting the Fight for Results in Social Policy

Dec 03, 2014 02:30 PM

A vast majority of social programs active today are never evaluated; those that do undergo evaluation are found to be ineffective. Yet these programs continue to be paid for by American taxpayers. In a new book, Ron Haskins and Greg Margolis found that the Obama administration began expanding the work begun during the Bush presidency in planning, enacting, and implementing several initiatives to fund social programs based on rigorous evidence of success.

 
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The Hubert Project: Where Interactive Teaching Meets Interactive Technology

Dec 02, 2014 03:00 PM

From conversations with public affairs colleagues both nationally and internationally, Jodi Sandfort has found that we are largely missing the boat when it comes to applying the latest research on teaching and learning in what we do in our classrooms. Interactive pedagogies, experiential learning, multimedia presentations are all things documented to improve adult learning outcomes. However, many of our teaching methods have not kept abreast.

 
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Early-Life Origins of Life-Cycle Well-Being

Nov 25, 2014 02:00 PM

Mounting evidence across different disciplines suggests that early-life conditions can have consequences on individual outcomes throughout the life cycle. Relative to other developed countries, the United States fares poorly on standard indicators of early-life health, and this disadvantage may have profound consequences not only for population well-being, but also for economic growth and competitiveness in a global economy.

 
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The Civil Rights Act and the War on Poverty: 50 Years Later

Nov 24, 2014 03:00 PM

The Civil Rights Act and the War on Poverty: 50 Years Later served as a forum to discuss the legacies of arguably two of the most important legislative and policy agendas of the past half century.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Nov 21, 2014 07:00 PM

Best tweets and posts across the research and policy social media feeds for the week.

 
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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.

 
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Introducing APPAM's New President-Elect Ron Haskins

Nov 18, 2014 07:00 PM

At the recent Fall Research Conference, the Association's Nominating Committee, co-chaired by past presidents Paul Decker and Sandra Archibald, submitted to the membership the nomination of Ron Haskins as the next President-Elect. The motion was carried unanimously.

 
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2014 Fall Conference: That's a Wrap!

Nov 17, 2014 03:00 PM

Hard to believe the 2014 Fall Research Conference is now ten days behind us! This was APPAM's largest conference yet, featuring nearly 300 sessions and events, and saw more than 1,500 attendees in Albuqueque, New Mexico. The APPAM staff thanks everyone who attended; you made this year quite exciting! ​

 
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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?

 
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Spotlight: Johns Hopkins University

Nov 10, 2014 02:00 PM

The Johns Hopkins Master of Public Policy (MPP) was created in 1992 as the Masters of Arts in Policy Studies (MAPS) under the direction of Dr. Lester Salamon in an effort to address a clear demand for qualitatively oriented analysis of social policy. The program was found to be of high-quality and to have succeeded remarkably well in its short existence.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Read APPAM's Inaugural Annual Report for 2014

Oct 30, 2014 06:00 PM

APPAM is pleased to present to its members the Association's first annual report. It is the hope of the Executive Committee and the APPAM staff that this report will provide members with the information needed to stay abreast of the Association's work, the challenges being faced, and the innovations it has embraced.

 
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Head Start Program Also Shown to be Beneficial for Parent’s Education

Oct 30, 2014 01:00 PM

Head Start is the oldest and largest federally-funded preschool program in the United States, currently serving more than one million children with almost $8 billion dollars appropriated annually. From its inception, Head Start not only provided early childhood education, care, and services for children, but also sought to promote parents’ engagement in their children’s schooling, their childrearing skills, and their own educational progress.

 
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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.

 
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Know Before You Go to the 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Oct 28, 2014 05:00 PM

The Association’s 36th annual Fall Research Conference is in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attendees from locations all around the world will be arriving to learn about the latest in research. Several special events, symposia, and networking opportunities round out these intensely packed three days. To make the most of your conference experience, here are some last-minute tips...

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Oct 24, 2014 06:00 PM

Best tweets and posts across the research and policy social media feeds for the week.

 
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Help APPAM Select Conference Sessions to Record

Oct 23, 2014 01:00 PM

This year, APPAM wants our members and others in the public policy profession to help us select sessions at this year's Fall Research Conference to record for post-conference viewing. Whether you're attending this year's conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico or not, everyone has a say!

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Oct 18, 2014 01:00 PM

Best tweets and posts across the research and policy social media feeds for the week.

 
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APPAM and ICPA-Forum Award 2014 Best Comparative Paper

Oct 17, 2014 02:00 PM

APPAM, in conjunction with the International Comparative Policy Analysis (ICPA) Forum, are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Award for Best Comparative Paper. Sanya Carley, Jennifer Brass, Elizabeth Baldwin, and Lauren M. MacLean were selected for their paper "Global Expansion of Renewable Energy Generation: An Analysis of Policy Instruments," originally presented at APPAM’s 2013 Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC.

 
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APPAM Welcomes New JPAM Editorial Board Members

Oct 16, 2014 01:00 PM

APPAM and JPAM welcome the following new additions to the Journal's editorial board.

 
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JPAM Awards 2014 Vernon Memorial Prize

Oct 15, 2014 01:00 PM

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is pleased to announce that the winners of this year’s Vernon Memorial Award are Tal Gross, Columbia University; Jeanne Lafortune, Instituto de Economía, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; and Corinne Low, Columbia University for their paper "What Happens the Morning After? The Costs and Benefits of Expanding Access to Emergency Contraception." The paper was first published in the Winter 2014 issue of JPAM.

 
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Spotlight: The Urban Institute

Oct 14, 2014 04:00 PM

Urban was founded in 1968 at the urging of President Lyndon Johnson to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty. At its founding, President Johnson promised that the Urban Institute would “give us the power through knowledge to help solve the problem that weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of all of us—the problem of the American city and its people.”

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Best tweets and posts across the research and policy social media feeds for the week.

 
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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.

 
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Don't Miss These Special Symposia and Award Lectures from APPAM's Upcoming Conference

Oct 10, 2014 02:00 PM

By now you know there are over 250 great sessions planned at APPAM's Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We've also planned four great symposiums, three award lectures, and one presidential address for attendees, as well as several networking events for students, academics, practitioners, and more.

 
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APPAM President Angela Evans Honored in Congressional Record

Oct 09, 2014 04:00 PM

This past July, APPAM President Angela Evans was honored by Representative James P. Moran (D-VA) in the Congressional Record. During the second session of the 113th Congress, Congressman Moran rose and made several statements honoring Evans' career and achievements. "This remarkable woman merits our recognition and gratitude for her dedication and commitment to public service, serving more than 35 years at the Congressional Research Service."

 
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Professor Ronald C. Fisher Announced as 2014 Recipient of Steven D. Gold Award

Oct 09, 2014 01:00 PM

APPAM, in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the National Tax Association (NTA) are pleased to announce that Professor Ronald C. Fisher, Michigan State University, is the recipient of this year’s Steven D. Gold Award.

 
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Brookings’ Isabel Sawhill to Receive 2014 APPAM Exemplar Award

Oct 07, 2014 02:00 PM

APPAM is pleased to announce that Isabel Sawhill, Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project at the Brookings Institution, is the recipient of this year’s APPAM Exemplar Award. The Exemplar 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.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Best tweets and posts across the research and policy social media feeds for the week.

 
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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.”

 
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Dr. Larry Orr to Receive Peter H. Rossi Award for Forty Years of Contributions to the Field of Evaluation

Sep 30, 2014 05:00 PM

APPAM is pleased to announce that Larry L. Orr of Johns Hopkins University has been selected as the 2014 winner of the Peter H. Rossi Award. Orr teaches the Program Evaluation course in theInstitute for Health and Social Policy at Johns Hopkins University and works as an independent consultant on the design and analysis of evaluations of public programs.

 
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Volunteers Still Needed for 2014 Fall Conference

Sep 29, 2014 02:00 PM

APPAM is in need of a few more volunteers to work at the 2014 Fall Research Conference, November 6 - 8, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 
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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.

 
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Networking Opportunities Abound at This Year's Fall Research Conference

Sep 23, 2014 03:00 PM

There's no argument that networking today is critical for success. At its core, networking is making contacts and encouraging an information exchange that fosters voluntary collaboration. While dissemination of information is part of the networking process, it isn't the final definition. In order to be truly successful, there needs to be some dialogue, reciprocity, and mutual interaction.

 
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Exploring the Institutional Environment and Public Benefit of For-Profit B-Corporations

Sep 22, 2014 02:00 PM

While the distinctions between organizational sectors have never been particularly clear, the emergence of new corporate forms that intentionally blend for-profit organizational forms with public purposes blur the lines further. More than 600 organizations nationwide are now certified as “B-Corporations”, legally integrating public purposes, accountability and transparency into their founding documents and stated corporate missions.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

See what all the fuss was about on public policy in social media this week.

 
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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.

 
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The Minimum Wage Debate: Takeaways

Sep 18, 2014 01:00 PM

For the last two weeks, a debate on raising the minimum wage has been waged here between the author team of Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and former Chief Economist to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Heidi Shierholz, Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, and Joseph J. Sabia, Associate Professor of Economics at San Diego State University.

 
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Student Update: Fall 2014

Sep 17, 2014 05:00 PM

APPAM Policy Council Student Representative Sarah Cordes discusses an important workshop taking place prior to this year's Fall Research Conference, networking opportunities at the conference, and the next opening for a student representative on the Association's Policy Council.

 
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APPAM Selects University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Professor Donald Moynihan as 2014 Recipient of Kershaw Award

Sep 17, 2014 01:00 PM

Donald Moynihan, professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs, has been recognized with a prestigious award for his research. Moynihan will receive the David N. Kershaw Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at its annual Fall Research Conference, November 6–8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Moynihan will be the seventeenth recipient of the award.

 
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Download the New 2014 APPAM Conference App!

Sep 16, 2014 05:00 PM

If you were an attendee at last year’s Fall Research Conference, you were probably one of 1,200 users of the Association’s new Conference App. We’re happy to announce that the app is back again this year, with some updates and a few new features, making it a critical tool for attendees to maximize their conference experience.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Sep 12, 2014 06:00 PM

Here's some interesting items from around the public policy social media circuit this week.

 
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Counterpoint: Minimum Wage Policy

Sep 10, 2014 02:00 PM

As Congress returns to its duties this fall, one of the current debates they'll continue to address is that of raising the minimum wage. The debate was sparked anew by a February 2014 Congressional Budget Office report, The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income. From this came two important questions: Would minimum wage legislation diminsh poverty? Are there other efficient alternatives to such legislation?

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Best of Twitter This Week

Sep 05, 2014 05:00 PM

Here's some interesting tweets from around the public policy Twitter circuit this week. Follow us @APPAM_DC and join the conversation!

 
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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.”

 
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Point/Counterpoint: Minimum Wage Policy

Sep 03, 2014 02:00 PM

In the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the current “hot button” topic of minimum wage is debated. Given the current controversy of the consequences of a minimum wage increase, as lately outlined in the February 2014 Congressional Budget Office report "The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income," two questions must be asked: Would minimum wage legislation diminish poverty? Are there efficient alternatives to this legislation?

 
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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.​

 
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A Conceptual Framework for Studying the Sources of Variation in Program Effects

Aug 28, 2014 03:00 PM

Evaluations of public programs in many fields reveal that different types of programs—or different versions of the same program—vary in their effectiveness. Moreover, a program that is effective for one group of people might not be effective for other groups, and a program that is effective in one set of circumstances may not be effective in other circumstances.

 
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Check Out the Great Events at the Fall Research Conference for Students

Aug 27, 2014 01:30 PM

APPAM provides policy students—from undergraduate to postdoctoral—the biggest opportunity to network with its annual Fall Research Conference. This year, the conference is in the picturesque western town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have scheduled several sessions and events with students in mind, and all of them provide excellent networking opportunities. With today's highly competitive job market, networking in the right circles often opens doors to new opportunities and jobs.

 
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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.

 
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The Use and Efficacy of Capacity-Building Assistance for Low-Performing Districts

Aug 21, 2014 04:00 PM

The theory of action upon which high-stakes accountability policies are based calls for systemic reforms in educational systems that will emerge by pairing incentives for improvement with extensive and targeted technical assistance (TA) to build the capacity of low-performing schools and districts. ​

 
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Policy Students Invited to 2014 Professional Development Workshop

Aug 20, 2014 02:00 PM

APPAM is once again holding a Professional Development Workshop before the start of the 2014 Fall Research Conference. "The Career Search: Behind the Scenes" will feature panel sessions that brings faculty and policymakers together to discuss three major career avenues of importance to students: the career search, tenured faculty and the fellowships, and the non-academic pathway. The workshop is aimed at supporting students in all stages of education, from undergraduate through postdoctoral.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Do Group Dynamics Influence Social Capital Gains Among Microfinance Clients?

Aug 14, 2014 02:30 PM

As an intrinsic part of the classic microfinance model, group meetings are intended to employ social capital to ensure timely repayment. Recent research suggests that more frequent meetings can increase social capital among first-time clients.

 
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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.​

 
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How Job Displacement Affects Social Security Claiming and Work at Older Ages in the Short and Long Term

Aug 11, 2014 02:00 PM

Till von Wachter, Jae Song, and Joyce Manchester present new estimates of how job displacement affects the age of claiming Social Security benefits for workers displaced close to retirement age and workers displaced in prime working age.

 
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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.

 
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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.”

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Aviation Security, Risk Assessment, and Risk Aversion for Public Decisionmaking

Jul 31, 2014 02:00 PM

Authors Mark G. Stewart and John Mueller estimates risk reductions for each layer of security designed to prevent commercial passenger airliners from being commandeered by terrorists, kept under control for some time, and then crashed into specific targets. Probabilistic methods are used to characterize the uncertainty of rates of deterrence, detection, and disruption, as well as losses.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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What Works Best and When: Accounting for Multiple Sources of Pureselection Bias in Program Evaluations

Jul 24, 2014 01:00 PM

Most evaluations are still quasi-experimental and most recent quasi-experimental methodological research has focused on various types of propensity score matching to minimize conventional selection bias on observables. Although these methods create better-matched treatment and comparison groups on observables, the issue of selection on unobservables still looms large.

 
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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."

 
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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.

 
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Join Us in DC for a Student Happy Hour in August

Jul 21, 2014 03:30 PM

Classes will soon be back in session and there is no better time to get to know and network with other policy students in the DC area! Policy students of all levels are invited to join APPAM for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on August 26, 2014 at The University Club for a student happy hour.

 
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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.

 
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Tax Code Knowledge and Behavioral Responses Among EITC Recipients: Policy Insights from Qualitative Data

Jul 17, 2014 01:00 PM

Authors Katharine Edin, Laura Tach, and Sarah Halpern-Meeking build on the robust quantitative literature on behavioral responses to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by using in-depth qualitative interviews with 115 EITC recipients to examine how they understand and respond to its incentive structures regarding earnings, marriage, and childbearing. They found that respondents cannot predict how their EITC refund would change if they altered their labor supply or marital status.

 
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Registration Now Open for 2014 Fall Research Conference

Jul 15, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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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.

 
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Student Age and the Collegiate Pathway

Jul 11, 2014 01:00 PM

Michael Hurwitz, Jonathan Smith, and Jessica S. Howell use a rich data set of all SAT takers from 2004 - 2008 to investigate the impact of state-specific school laws on students' pathways into and through college. The authors found that relatively younger students are more likely to attend two-year colleges before attending a four-year institution, among other discoveries in this Early View article from an upcoming issue of JPAM.

 
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Counterpoint: Response to Dr. Cawley

Jul 10, 2014 02:00 PM

A few weeks ago, we presented both sides of a discussion of the Affordable Care Act, where premiums can be adjusted to create incentives for individuals to engage in healthier behaviors including weight loss. Professor John Cawley followed up last week with his counterpoint to Morgan Downey's position paper. In this final counterpoint, Downey, Editor and Publisher of the Downey Obesity Report, presents his counter to Cawley's initial positional paper.

 
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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.

 
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Income and Child Maltreatment: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit

Jul 07, 2014 01:00 PM

In this paper by by Lawrence M. Berger, Sarah A. Font, and Kristen S. Slack, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University, the authors take advantage of differences between states and over time in the generosity of the total state and federal Earned Income Tax Credit to identify exogenous variation in family income.

 
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Counterpoint: Incentives for Wellness

Jul 03, 2014 02:00 PM

Last week, we presented both sides of a discussion of the Affordable Care Act, where premiums can be adjusted to create incentives for individuals to engage in healthier behaviors including weight loss. This week, we present Professor John Cawley's counterpoint to Morgan Downey's paper, "The Doctor Is in Charge: How the ACA Puts the Employee's Physician in Charge of the Wellness Program." Next week will feature Downey's rebuttal to Cawley's initial paper.

 
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Fall Conference Notices Being Sent Today

Jul 02, 2014 05:00 PM

Notices are going out today if you submitted a paper, panel, or other event for consideration to this year's Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Registration for the conference opens on Monday, July 14.

 
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Professor Kenneth Couch Takes Editor Reins at JPAM

Jul 01, 2014 05:00 PM

Today APPAM welcomes Kenneth Couch, Professor at the University of Connecticut, as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM). Starting July 1, the University of Connecticut is the JPAM's new institution of record for the next five years. JPAM is the leading journal in the field of public policy and public management.

 
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Help Us Keep You Abreast of the Latest Policy News

Jul 01, 2014 01:00 PM

Starting in July, APPAM members will begin to see changes to their regular semi-monthly APPAM Updates. One will have important policy news from all policy areas, and the other will be geared specifically to the policy area selected in your APPAM member profile.

 
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The Role of Intergovernmental Aid in Defining Fiscal Sustainability at the Sub-National Level

Jun 30, 2014 02:00 PM

There are at least three reasons why fiscal sustainability matters in this context. First, the notion of local governments entering bankruptcy proceeds is no longer a theoretical notion. Second, previous formal sustainability analysis has primarily focused on the aggregate primary balance and debt, with little disaggregation. Finally, there is a need to examine if city and county governments are fiscally sustainable if there is no intergovernmental aid from the state or federal governments.

 
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Point/Counterpoint: Obesity and the Affordable Care Act

In the design of public policies, a basic issue often arises regarding the role of incentives versus other barriers in shaping behavior. Under the Affordable Care Act, premiums can be adjusted to create incentives for individuals to engage in healthier behaviors including weight loss. How the incentives may be designed under the Affordable Care Act, their appropriateness, and the likely impact is the focus of this Point/Counterpoint.

 
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Configuring Legitimacy: A Framework for Legitimation in Armed Conflict

Jun 24, 2014 01:00 PM

In this paper, first presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC, University of Arizona authors Eric Schoon, Alexandra Joosse, and H. Brinton Milward address two critical problems in the study of legitimacy by developing a framework for evaluating variations in the effects of legitimation as the product of different configurations of sources, forms, and bases for the legitimation of actors involved in conflict.

 
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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.

 
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Ten Commandments for Policy Economists

Jun 19, 2014 01:30 PM

This week, APPAM goes back 33 years to the inaugural issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. This article by Christopher K. Leman and Robert H. Nelson examines the use of economics in government as illustrated by the experience of the natural resources agencies and presents ten guiding rules for the practicing policy economist.

 
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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.

 
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How Does the Form and Structure of Collaborative Management Relate to Environmental Outcomes?

Jun 16, 2014 01:00 PM

The relationship between the EPA's National Rivers and Streams Assessment and Wadeable Streams Assessment is analyzed between collaborative governance and watershed quality for 357 watersheds.

 
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Recent COPAFS Meeting Discusses Use of Administrative Data

The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (COPAFS) recently held its quarterly meeting in Washington, DC. The theme was the availability and use of administrative data for statistical and research purposes.

 
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Recent Trends in U.S. Income and Expenditure Poverty

Jun 12, 2014 02:00 PM

After many years of following similar trends, U.S. poverty rates measured by household spending in data from the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) fell between 2000 and 2008, while poverty measured by income rose.

 
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Student Update: Spring 2014

Jun 11, 2014 01:00 PM

Sarah Cordes, one of APPAM's student representatives on APPAM's Policy Council, provides an update on Association initiatives from the Spring 2014 meeting that pertain directly to students.

 
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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.

 
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Household Responses to Food Subsidies: Evidence from India

Jun 09, 2014 02:00 PM

This week's featured paper from our Online Resource Collection is by Tara Kaul, University of Maryland. This paper uses household survey data to examine the effect of food subsidies on the nutritional outcomes of poor households in India. The national food security program, known as the Public Distribution System (PDS), takes the form of a monthly quota of cereals (rice and/or wheat) available for purchase at substantially discounted prices.

 
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Junk Food in Schools and Childhood Obesity

Jun 05, 2014 01:00 PM

Despite limited empirical evidence, there is growing concern that junk food availability in schools has contributed to the childhood obesity epidemic. In this Spring 2012 JPAM paper, Ashlesha Datar and Nancy Nicosia estimate the effects of junk food availability on body mass index (BMI), obesity, and related outcomes among a national sample of fifth graders.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Is Student Loan Debt Discouraging Home Buying Among Young Adults

Jun 02, 2014 02:00 PM

Amid concern that high levels of consumer debt may be slowing the housing market recovery, many media outlets and financial experts have suggested that rising student loan debt is discouraging home-buying among young adults.

 
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False Choices, Policy Framing, and the Promise of "Big Data"

May 29, 2014 03:00 PM

This week, APPAM looks back at Paul Decker's Presidential Address from the 2013 Fall Research Conference. His talk addresses the use of evidence in policymaking and public management—which are sometimes seen as separate. Decker, now Past-President of the Association, views them as strongly connected from the perspective of APPAM, and sees them as critical elements of the path forward for the organization.​

 
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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.

 
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Nominations Now Being Taken for Various 2014 Awards

May 27, 2014 01:30 PM

Nominations are now being taken for several awards, to be given out at the 2014 Fall Research Conference in November in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 
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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.

 
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Improving the Implementation and Effectiveness of Out-of-School-Time Tutoring

May 22, 2014 02:00 PM

School districts are spending millions on tutoring outside regular school day hours for economically and academically disadvantaged students in need of extra academic assistance. Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), parents of children in persistently low-performing schools were allowed to choose their child's tutoring provider, and together with school districts, they were also primarily responsible for holding providers in the private market accountable for performance.

 
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APPAM Searching for Next International Conference Convener

May 19, 2014 05:37 PM

APPAM is soliciting bids for the next International Conference Convener (ICC) for APPAM. The ICC is the key person(s) responsible for arranging at least one international conference on behalf of APPAM for each year of service.

 
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Going Beyond Service Delivery: Exploring the Prevalence of Citizen Participation in Government Contracting

May 19, 2014 02:00 PM

Presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference, "Going Beyond Service Delivery" investigates the nature, scope, causes, and implications of citizen participation in government contracting. Authors Anna A. Amirkhanyan, Hyun Joon Kim, and Kristina T. Lambright use 33 in-depth interviews with county government contract monitoring officers, as well as managers of nonprofit and for-profit organizations to focus on government contracts in the field of health and human services.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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The Effect of SNAP on Poverty

May 12, 2014 02:00 PM

The annual effects of SNAP on poverty itself were first estimated in the late 1970s and then regularly after the Census Bureau began to record recipients and amounts of food stamps in 1979. In The Effect of SNAP on Poverty by Laura Tiehen, USDA; Dean Jolliffe, World Bank; and Timothy Smeeding, University of Wisconsin, the authors examine SNAP's effectiveness as an antipoverty weapon.

 
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Does Universal Coverage Improve Health? The Massachusetts Experience

May 08, 2014 03:00 PM

In 2006, Massachusetts passed health care reform legislation designed to achieve nearly universal coverage through a combination of insurance market reforms, mandates, and subsidies that later served as the model for national reform. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we provide evidence that health care reform in Massachusetts led to better overall self-assessed health. Various robustness checks and placebo tests support a causal interpretation of the results.

 
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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.

 
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On the Unintended Consequences of Anti-drug Eradication Programs in Producing Countries

May 05, 2014 01:29 PM

While the war against drugs has consumed approximately 40 billion dollars per year in the last four decades, there is very limited evidence on its effectiveness. This paper studies the effects of the biggest anti-drug program ever applied in a drug-producing country.

 
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Point/Counterpoint: Legalization of Marijuana

May 01, 2014 01:34 PM

Longstanding arguments exist for legalization and regulation of the growth and possession of marijuana. States are taking the lead, again serving as engines of innovation on this policy issue. Some states have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, while others have allowed for the production and use of medical marijuana. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have additionally legalized recreational use.

 
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Reservation Prices: An Economic Analysis of Cigarette Purchases on Indian Reservations

Apr 29, 2014 01:00 PM

Philip DeCicca, McMaster University; Donald Kenkel, Cornell University; and Feng Liu, Shanghai University presented their paper "Reservation Prices: An Economic Analysis of Cigarette Purchases on Indian Reservations" at the 2013 Fall Research Conference during the session New Evidence of the Policy Impacts on Health Behaviors. It is this week's featured paper from APPAM's Online Paper Collection.​

 
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Spotlight: University of Colorado Denver

Apr 28, 2014 01:00 PM

The motto of the School of Public Affairs is “Lead. Solve. Change.” It simply and powerfully expresses the vision of providing excellent student programs, valuable research and important service to Colorado and beyond. CU Denver's mission is to train the leaders for Colorado’s future, and to utilize its faculty research and the applied research and leadership programs the Buechner Institute for Governance to help solve problems.

 
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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.

 
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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?

 
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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.

 
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Opportunity Mapping: A Conceptual Analysis and Application to the Baltimore Metropolitan Area

Apr 21, 2014 02:00 PM

With encouragement and assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, many local governments and metropolitan coalitions are mapping opportunity to inform the development of regional sustainable communities plans. In this week's Online Paper Collection featured work, the authors examine the notion that the neighborhood in which a person lives shapes their social and economic opportunities is not new, but how opportunity is to be measured.

 
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Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence

In "Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence," authors Scott E. Carrell and Mark Hoekstra find that although children exposed to as-yet-unreported domestic violence reduce the achievement of their classroom peers, these costs disappear completely once the parent reports the violence to the court.

 
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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.

 
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The Role of Contraception in Preventing Abortion, Nonmarital Childbearing, and Child Poverty

Apr 14, 2014 02:00 PM

This week's featured paper from our Online Paper Collection is by Quentin Karpilow, Brookings Institution; Jennifer Manlove, Child Trends; Isabel Sawhill, Brookings Institution; and Adam Thomas, Georgetown University. "The Role of Contraception in Preventing Abortion, Nonmarital Childbearing, and Child Poverty" was presented at the session Strategies for Preventing Teen Pregnancy at the 2013 Fall Research Conference.

 
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Deadline for Submissions to 2014 Fall Conference Extended to April 18

Apr 11, 2014 01:00 PM

Have you submitted a proposal for the 2014 Fall Research Conference yet? Great news! The submission deadline has been extended to next Friday, April 18 for all proposals: caucuses, panels, individual papers, roundtables, workshops, and posters.

 
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Has the Shift to Managed Care Reduced Medicaid Expenditures?

Apr 10, 2014 04:00 PM

In this week's featured JPAM article, authors Mark Duggan and Tamara Hayford examine whether the shift from fee-for-service into managed care leads to an increase or reduction in Medicaid spending. "Has the Shift to Managed Care Reduced Medicaid Expenditures? Evidence from State and Local-Level Mandates" was published in the Summer 2013 issue of JPAM.

 
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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?

 
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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?

 
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APPAM to Sponsor Sessions at 11th Annual WEAI Conference

Apr 08, 2014 02:30 PM

APPAM is sponsoring several conference sessions at next year’s Western Economic Association International’s (WEAI) Pacific Rim Conference. Maureen Pirog, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, is requesting papers from APPAM members and will be organizing the sessions. The four-day conference will be held January 8 – 11, 2015, in Wellington, New Zealand and is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University.

 
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Spring Conference Is Four Days Away

Apr 08, 2014 01:00 PM

APPAM's Spring Conference is a few days away, just as spring makes a hearty debut in the Washington, DC area. The conference is this Saturday, April 12 at the University Club. Featured is a mix of panel sessions and roundtables for students, educators, and practitioners to choose from. Overall, APPAM is offering twelve great sessions over the course of the day; both breakfast and lunch are included with preregistration.

 
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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.

 
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Spillover Effects of Voluntary Environmental Programs on Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lessons from Mexico

Featured in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Research, Irene Henriques, Bryan Husted, and Ivan Monteil compare the environmental performance of voluntary environmental programs with different attributes.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Ethnic Concentration, Co-Ethnic Participation: Mexican-American Civic Participation and Destination Context

Mar 31, 2014 03:00 PM

Authored by Abigail Williams, Trinity College, and presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference, "Ethnic Concentration, Co-Ethnic Participation: Mexican-American Civic Participation and Destination Context" analyzes how immigrant civic participation varies with co-ethnic concentration for the largest immigrant ethnic group in the United States.

 
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Thomas D. Cook to Join Mathematica as a Senior Fellow

Mar 28, 2014 03:00 PM

Thomas D. Cook will join Mathematica Policy Research as a senior fellow in September 2014. Cook is a nationally recognized expert in research methodology and program evaluation. He will be based in the company's Washington, D.C., office.

 
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The Effect of Mandatory Seat Belt Laws on Seat Belt Use by Socioeconomic Position

Mar 27, 2014 05:30 PM

In this paper, published in the Winter 2014 JPAM, the authors identified the differential effect of legislation across higher versus lower education individuals. They found strong effects of mandatory seat belt laws for all education groups, with a stronger effect for those with fewer years of education. Additionally, the authors found that the differential effect by education is larger for mandatory seat belt laws with primary rather than secondary enforcement.

 
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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.

 
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Spotlight: Claremont Graduate University

Mar 26, 2014 02:00 PM

Nestled at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountain, about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Claremont is a small, charming, eight-college town known as ‘The City of Trees and Ph.D.s.’ Ranked as the fifth-best place to live in the United States by CNN Money, Claremont provides a lovely environment for those looking to continue their education.

 
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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.

 
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Incentives, Selection, and Teacher Performance: Evidence from IMPACT

Mar 24, 2014 01:00 PM

Teachers in the United States are compensated largely on the basis of fixed schedules that reward experience and credentials. However, there is a growing interest in whether performance-based incentives based on rigorous teacher evaluations can improve teacher retention and performance.

 
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Point/Counterpoint: China’s One-Child Policy

Mar 20, 2014 06:00 PM

China embarked on a national campaign of family planning in the 1970s after concerns regarding the carrying capacity of its national resources. By 1980, a policy that encouraged families to have only one child was in place along with contraceptive measures and penalties for noncompliance. Some aspects of these policies cut against the idea that reproductive choices should be made freely.

 
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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.

 
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Social Capital and Environmental Justice: An Agent-Based Model

Mar 17, 2014 03:00 PM

Among several competing explanations for observed environmental injustices in society, this paper focuses on the hypothesis regarding communities' potentials to engage in collective actions against the siting of unwanted facilities. By assuming that residents have a propensity to mount political opposition to the siting of and environmental disamenity, we build an agent-based model using assumptions of the Coase theorem. The simulation outcomes under the four decision scenarios were unexpected

 
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Technical Management in an Age of Openness: The Political, Public, and Environmental Forest Ranger

Mar 13, 2014 03:00 PM

In this paper by Sarah E. Anderson, Heather E. Hodges, and Terry L. Anderson, published in the Summer 2013 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the authors look at the trade-offs in modern bureaucracy between public and congressional input and agency expertise.

 
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NSF Selects Professor Fay Lomax Cook as New Assistant Director of the SBE

Mar 13, 2014 03:00 PM

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Fay Lomax Cook to serve as assistant director for the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE). SBE's mission is to promote the understanding of people and their lives by supporting research that reveals basic facets of human behavior and helps provide answers to important societal questions and problems.

 
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Strategic default: how big an issue?

Mar 12, 2014 04:00 PM

An interesting element of the Great Recession’s foreclosure crisis has been the increase in strategic default - when borrowers who can still make their monthly mortgage payments instead choose default and possible foreclosure. A popular explanation for this counterintuitive choice is that many homeowners whose mortgages are bigger than their home’s value simply “give up”. [Cross-posted from Urban Institute's MetroTrends Blog with permission.]

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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Social Experiments in Practice: The Why, When, Where, and How of Experimental Design & Analysis

Mar 07, 2014 06:00 PM

The federal government increasingly is looking for strategies to identify promising social programs for broad-scale rollout. Join Abt Associates and APPAM for a day-long Institutional Member Forum to explore social experiments in practice and how recent methodological advances can address real-world realities in the United States and abroad.

 
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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.

 
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Strategic Involuntary Teacher Transfers and Teacher Performance: Examining Equity and Efficiency

Mar 05, 2014 02:00 PM

In the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, authors Jason A. Grissom, Susanna Loeb, and Nathaniel A. Nakashima examine the implementation and effects of a Miami school district's involuntary transfer policy for teachers. Despite claims that school districts need flexibility in teacher assignment to allocate teachers more equitably across schools and improve district performance, the power to involuntarily transfer teachers across schools remains hotly contested.

 
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Wiley Announces New Anywhere Article Functionality for JPAM

Mar 04, 2014 06:14 PM

Wiley recently announced their Anywhere Article update to their online library, where APPAM members can read current and past articles published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. The new functionality operates on any reading device, be it desktop, tablet, or smartphone. The responsive web design delivers elegance and utility on every page.

 
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Historical Trends in Poverty Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure

Mar 04, 2014 01:00 PM

"Waging War on Poverty: Historical Trends in Poverty Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure," by Liana Fox, Irv Garfinkel, Neeraj Kaushal, Jane Waldfogel, and Christopher Wimer, Columbia University, was presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference during the session "Understanding the Effects of Social Policy on Poverty." It is a featured paper in APPAM's Online Paper Collection.

 
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Minimum wage or earned income tax credit: Which helps the poor more?

Feb 28, 2014 03:00 PM

Currently, there are two mechanisms for increasing the wages of low-income Americans that have attracted attention in today’s political arena: the raising of the minimum wage to $10.10 and the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This past Monday, AEI hosted a forum of experts who shared about the costs, benefits, and viability of these two primary solutions to assist low-income Americans.

 
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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.​

 
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Spotlight: Carnegie Mellon University

In the years since Heinz’s founding, it has broken the traditional boundaries in the domain of the public interest to deeply explore the impact of information technology on organizations, markets and societies. As an institution, Heinz has persistently explored ways in which its educational programs can be more relevant and effective in their curriculum, in their delivery models, and in their degree of connection to external partners.

 
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Spring Conference Agenda Is Now Available

Feb 26, 2014 04:05 PM

The preliminary schedule for the 2014 Spring Conference is now available and it is jam-packed with great sessions all day long. Featuring two plenaries, four roundtables, and six panels, this year's conference centers around teaching policy analysis and takes place at the University Club in downtown Washington, DC. Registration is open for the conference.

 
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Rebalancing Long-Term Care Services and Supports

Feb 24, 2014 04:00 PM

In 2009, approximately 1.3 million Medicaid enrollees with disabilities and chronic conditions received Medicaid-financed long-term care services and supports (LTSS) in institutional settings. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been promoting efforts to reduce dependence on institutional care and expand access to home- and community-based services (HCBS).

 
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Breakfast at the Desk: The Impact of Universal Breakfast Programs on Academic Performance

Feb 24, 2014 02:30 PM

Between 12 and 30 percent of school-aged children reportedly skip breakfast on a given weekday. To mitigate any impacts on health and academic performance, many schools implement universally free breakfast programs for students.

 
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Meet Jane Waldfogel, APPAM's President-elect for 2014

At last year's Fall Research Conference, Jane Waldfogel was introduced as the Association's new President-elect for 2014. Waldfogel is a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. She is currently overseeing the planning and development of the 2014 Fall Research Conference, taking place November 6-8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 
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APPAM Members Receive Free Registration to Middle East Dialogue 2014

Feb 19, 2014 02:32 PM

The Policy Studies Organization is inviting all APPAM members to attend the annual Middle East Dialogue 2014, held in Washington, DC on February 27. This year's forum focuses on Strategies for Change in the Middle East. The registration fee will be waived for active APPAM members.

 
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APPAM Presents Single Paper Listing Resource for Conference Submissions

Feb 18, 2014 03:00 PM

In an effort to encourage complete panel submissions over single paper submissions for the 2014 Fall Research Conference, APPAM is posting all single paper submissions on APPAM.org. The listing will contain paper title, author(s), contact information, and abstracts. The listings will be organized by policy area and updated weekly through the April 11 submission deadline.

 
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The Economic and Financial Status of Older Americans: Trends and Prospects

Feb 18, 2014 02:30 PM

The global financial crisis and ensuing Great Recession reduced the income and wealth of many families, but older families generally fared better than young and middle-aged families. The Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances reveals that being young was a significant risk factor during the downturn, regardless of a family’s race, ethnicity, or education level.

 
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APPAM Welcomes Tristanne Staudt

Feb 13, 2014 02:00 PM

APPAM is proud to announce the addition of Tristanne M. Staudt to the Association staff. Ms. Staudt is the organization's new Membership, Marketing, and Special Projects Manager. Her responsibilities include membership services, recruitment efforts, and retention strategies for APPAM. Her oversight includes financial management reports and conference support.

 
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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."

 
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Registration for the 2014 Spring Conference Is Now Open

Feb 10, 2014 01:38 PM

Register today for the 2014 Spring Conference, occurring April 12 in Washington, DC. The central theme of the conference is "Teaching Policy Analysis and Management in Today’s Classroom."

 
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APPAM Debuts Online Paper Collection Resource

The 33 papers featured in this collection represent a selected cross-section of works that were first presented at the 2013 Fall Research Conference this past November. With more than 200 sessions and 700 papers presenting cutting edge public policy research, APPAM had a difficult time paring down to the selections hosted in the collection.

 
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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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Spotlight: Indiana University Bloomington

The Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), an APPAM Institutional Member, is a higher education leader for the greater good. Its students, scholars, and alumni bring that mission to life.

 
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APPAM Welcomes First Student Appointee to Policy Council

Jan 22, 2014 05:52 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.

 
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APPAM Announces New Policy Council and Executive Committee Members for 2014

Jan 16, 2014 02:58 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has completed its member elections for the next cohort to serve on APPAM’s Policy Council. In addition to the election of a practitioner and two academic representatives, APPAM members also elected a new Vice President and Secretary of the organization’s Executive Committee. For the first time in the Association’s history, a student was appointed to serve as a member of the Policy Council.

 
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Call for Proposals for the 2014 Fall Research Conference

Jan 15, 2014 07:48 PM

APPAM’s annual Fall Research Conference, a multi-disciplinary annual event that attracts the highest quality of research across a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues, will be held November 6 – 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Association is pleased to announce that the submission period for session proposals is now open through April 18. This year’s conference will be under the direction of President-elect Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University.

 
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The Value of School Choice

Jan 09, 2014 06:17 PM

A key shift within the constantly changing landscape of American education is one of more choice by parents in choosing where their children are educated with public funds. Some school districts offer widely available choices through public charter schools, vouchers, magnet schools, virtual schools, and open-enrollment in regular public schools. Other districts remain committed to the more traditional model of zoned schools, where nearly all students are assigned based on residence.

 
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Kenneth Couch Selected as Next Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

Jan 08, 2014 02:09 PM

APPAM has selected Kenneth Couch, Professor at the University of Connecticut, as the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM). The University of Connecticut will be the institution of record for the Journal during Couch’s five-year term, which will begin in July. JPAM is the leading journal in the field of public policy and public management.

 
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Preview the Winter JPAM

Preview the articles found in the Winter 2014 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.​

 
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APPAM President Angela Evans Shares 2014 Plans

Dec 19, 2013 07:18 PM

New APPAM President Angela Evans shares her plans for her coming term in office. A strong focus on the Association's strategic plan plays a key focus for APPAM in 2014.

 
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Voting Begins for 2014 Policy Council and Leadership Positions

Dec 16, 2013 05:00 PM

Voting for the next cohort of the Association's Policy Council, which serves from 2014 to 2017, begins December 16. The election will conclude at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on January 15, 2014. This year, elections are also being held for the Association's positions of Vice President and Secretary.​

 
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Watch the 2013 APPAM Presidential Address

Dec 16, 2013 03:18 PM

Outgoing APPAM President Paul T. Decker delivered a popular address on November 8, 2013, at the Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC, entitled "False Choices, Policy Framing, and the Promise of 'Big Data.'"

 
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Innovator: Reducing fear of program evaluation

Paul Decker, President of Mathematica Policy Research and 2013 President of APPAM, shares in a podcast on how public leaders can encourage greater use of program evaluation to learn what works and to improve outcomes for citizens.

 
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Decker's Conference Address Inspires a New Policy Student

Dec 11, 2013 03:05 PM

After a warm introduction, Paul Decker, CEO of Mathematica Policy Research and President of APPAM, took the stage. Thoughtful and deliberate, Decker somehow managed to combine all the words that I have ever wanted to say to explain the importance of social policy to friends and family. I had to resist my urge to race up to him following the presentation and beg for a copy of the speech. However, I am getting ahead of myself; let me “start from the start,” as one of my friends likes to say.

 
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O*NET Project Seeks APPAM Member Assistance

Dec 05, 2013 02:19 PM

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is requesting assistance from active APPAM members. O*NET is collecting current and essential information about Management Analysts. The program, sponsored by the United States Department of Labor, is gathering occupational information for a national database to be used by employers, workers, educators, and students across the country.

 
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Did You Attend the 2013 Fall Research Conference? It's Survey Time!

Dec 03, 2013 05:47 PM

Were you an attendee or presenter at APPAM's 2013 Fall Research Conference? We're looking for your feedback to make our conferences even better in the future.

 
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APPAM Thanks Everyone for a Successful 2013 Conference

Nov 25, 2013 05:56 PM

A short video thanking everyone for the successful 2013 Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC. Includes a message from new President Angela Evans.

 
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Spotlight: University of Chicago

Nov 25, 2013 01:45 PM

Established in 1988, the Harris School of Public Policy is one of six professional schools at the University of Chicago. The school offers five master’s degree programs, several joint-degree programs with other schools and departments on campus and at other institutions, and a doctoral program. It has more than 30 full-time faculty members, including two Nobel Prize laureates, who are recognized around the globe for their breadth and depth of expertise.

 
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Mathematica: Highlights from APPAM's 2013 Fall Research Conference

"Effective policymaking and public management should be driven largely by evidence—the kind based on rigorous assessment of quantitative and qualitative data." —Paul Decker, chief executive officer of Mathematica Policy Research and outgoing president of APPAM

 
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Introducing APPAM's 2014 Executive Leadership Team

Nov 19, 2013 02:31 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management (APPAM) recently held its annual Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC. More than 1,700 members were in attendance during the three days of sessions, presentations, and meetings. During the course of the conference, the Association’s new leadership council was announced.

 
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APPAM Members Select New Logo

Nov 19, 2013 02:08 PM

Over the last two weeks, Association members had the opportunity to vote on APPAM's new logo. The votes are in!

 
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A Look at the APPAM PDW

Nov 14, 2013 08:37 PM

Sarah Cordes, New York University, provides her takeaways from three important sessions during the past Professional Development Workshop that occurred on November 6, 2013, right before the opening of APPAM's Fall Research Conference. She summarizes the sessions Finding Jobs, Publication Strategies, and Finding Grants.

 
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Could Data Tsunami Usher in APPAM’s Moment?

Nov 13, 2013 08:12 PM

Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job in the 21st Century "I've been waiting a long time to see a headline like that," APPAM President Paul Decker told the crowd gathered Friday in Washington for his presidential address. The headline, taken from a Harvard Business Review article, was one of many moments of levity that punctuated Decker’s otherwise serious talk entitled "False Choices, Policy Framing, and the Promise of 'Big Data.'"

 
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The War on Poverty: After 50 Years

Nov 10, 2013 03:45 PM

On Friday, November 8, Fall Research Conference attendees packed into the ballroom of the Washington Marriott for the second symposia on the weekend. As we near the fiftieth anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s historic launch of the War on Poverty, it seemed fitting that we take a step back to evaluate these programs. Two students from Rutgers University who were in attendance share their perceptions of the symposium.

 
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Membership to Vote on New APPAM Logo

Nov 07, 2013 01:00 PM

The APPAM Communications and Web Committee spearheaded a project to redesign the APPAM logo earlier this year. The existing APPAM logo was designed in 1994. Leadership and staff have gotten some complaints over the years that the logo is confusing and looks dated. In addition, over the past few years, APPAM has undergone some notable changes as we continue to focus on ways to pursue our mission.

 
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Angela Evans Welcomes Attendees to the 2013 Fall Research Conference

Nov 05, 2013 02:50 PM

APPAM President-elect Angela Evans welcomes attendees and members to this year's Fall Research Conference in a special video address.

 
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Vermont Fiscal Director Stephen Klein Wins Steven D. Gold Award

Nov 01, 2013 02:00 PM

The award, presented by NCSL in conjunction with the National Tax Association and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance. It was named for respected financial analyst Steven D. Gold, who was active in all three organizations.​

 
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Why Should You Attend the 2013 Fall Research Conference?

Oct 31, 2013 02:00 PM

Attending the Association’s fall conference is a professionally rewarding experience. Over the course of three days—November 7 to 9—attendees can socialize with colleagues from other institutions and organizations, hear some excellent panels and discussions on the latest research and policy ideas, and converse with their peers.

 
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A Young Policy Professional’s Thoughts on Publishing

Brent Gibbons, Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, shares some initial thoughts on the process of publishing research in the public policy field.

 
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Know Before You Go to the 2013 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Oct 25, 2013 05:00 PM

The Association’s 35th annual Fall Research Conference is just around the corner. Attendees will be arriving in Washington, DC from locations all around the world, ready to learn about the latest in research across 10 broad policy areas. Several special events, symposia, and networking opportunities round out these intensely packed three days, giving attendees many choices to round out their conference experience. To make the most of your conference experience, here are some last-minute tips...

 
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APPAM's Fall Research Conference Has Events Geared Towards Students

Oct 22, 2013 01:00 PM

Whether you're an undergraduate or postgraduate student in the public policy field of study, there is a lot to occupy your attention. One event you should give serious consideration to attending is APPAM's Fall Research Conference; this year's event is being held in Washington, DC from November 7 to 9, with a few special events on November 6 that are designed with students in mind.

 
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Two Important Considerations When Choosing Your Ph.D. Direction

Oct 18, 2013 02:00 PM

Selecting the right program for your Ph.D. is definitely daunting, partly because the process is so different from selecting either an undergraduate or master’s program. NYU's Sarah Cordes looks at two key questions every Ph.D. candidate must address in order to choose the best program for their future endeavors.

 
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Reimagining Aid Design and Delivery: Improving Federal Financial Aid for Students

The Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution recently released a new paper, "The Next Steps: Building a Reimagined System of Student Aid." The author, Beth Akers, a fellow with the Brown Center, presented her findings and headed a panel on Thursday, October 3, to explore how a redesigned federal financial aid system could help more students afford and succeed in college.

 
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Spotlight: Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Throughout the company’s history, Abt has been a critical resource to governments, international organizations, academia, and foundations around the world.

 
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Distinguished Researchers, Professors, and Fellows Selected for Various 2013 APPAM Awards

Oct 09, 2013 06:57 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management (APPAM) has selected several winners for four distinguished awards: the Best Dissertation in Public Policy and Management, the Best Dissertation in Public Policy and Management in Asia, the ICPA/JCPA Award for Research in Comparative Policy Analysis, and the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award. These annual awards will be presented to the winners at the Association’s 2013 Fall Research Conference in November.

 
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Get the APPAM Fall Research Conference App Now!

Oct 07, 2013 03:00 PM

The APPAM 2013 Mobile App is a native application for iPad, smartphones (iPhone and Android), a hybrid web-based app for Blackberry, and available as a web-based version for all other web browser-enabled phones, tablets, and laptops. The app is now available for attendees to download.

 
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Dr. Adam Gamoran to Receive 2013 Spencer Foundation Award from APPAM

Oct 02, 2013 01:00 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management (APPAM) has selected Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, as the recipient of the 2013 Spencer Foundation Award. The Spencer Foundation Award recognizes noteworthy contributions through research and analysis in the field of education policy and management.

 
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Final Pre-conference Update by President-elect Angela Evans

Oct 01, 2013 01:30 PM

In her last video blog before the 2013 Fall Research Conference, Angela gives her last update on progress for the event, including the APPAM Memorial, Saturday Caucus, and the luncheon with former Congressman Lee Hamilton.

 
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State Perspectives in Expanded Learning: The Role of Statewide Afterschool Networks

Sep 30, 2013 05:00 PM

With the demand for afterschool and summer programs reaching new heights, educators and policymakers are recognizing the benefit of a coordinated approach to expanded learning opportunities. Of the last decade, stateside afterschool networks have played a critical role in promoting such coordination, demonstrating how expanded learning in these programs can complement and reinforce school day lessons.​

 
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Finding Balance

Fourth-year George Mason University SPP Doctoral Student and APPAM Student Member Don Shaw shares some thoughts about what to expect when committing to a Ph.D. program.

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Lucie Schmidt

Sep 25, 2013 05:00 PM

Lucie Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Economics at Williams College. She is also Chair of the College’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She is an empirical microeconomist working on policy-related issues in labor economics and the economics of the family. She has written extensively on social insurance programs in the United States, with a particular focus on policies for the disabled.​

 
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Spotlight: University of Minnesota

The mission of the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs is to inspire, educate, and support innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world. The third-oldest public affairs program in the country, the Humphrey School has experienced a decade of steady growth in program expansion, student enrollment and graduation, excellence, and national reputation.​

 
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Mathematica Study Examines Teacher Effectiveness in High-Needs Secondary Schools

Sep 16, 2013 04:00 PM

High-poverty schools across the country struggle to attract effective teachers, particularly in science and math. Teach For America (TFA) and the TNTP Teaching Fellows programs provide an alternative route into the teaching profession for promising candidates without formal training in education. Findings released by Mathematica Policy Research last week indicate that secondary math teachers from both programs are as effective as other math teachers in the same schools.

 
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From the Chairman of the Committee of Institutional Representatives

Sep 13, 2013 04:52 PM

The APPAM Fall Conference is right around the corner and there are a few things we need to do in preparation for our Institutional Reps meeting on November 8th. Please read through the items below and let me know if you have any questions. Look forward to seeing you soon.

 
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An Introduction to the National Poverty Fellows Program

Sep 12, 2013 01:00 PM

As part of the APPAM Professional Development Workshop and for other young post-doctoral researchers, Timothy Smeeding Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will conduct an information session about the National Poverty Fellows Program, an exciting post-doctoral opportunity developed and administered by IRP in conjunction with two branches of the Department of Health and Human Services.

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Scott Allard

Sep 05, 2013 02:00 PM

Scott W. Allard is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration (SSA) with expertise in social welfare policy, federalism and intergovernmental relationships, and urban policy. Allard has received research grants supporting his work on social welfare policy from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), The Brookings Institution, and others.

 
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APPAM President-elect Angela Evans Introduces the Saturday Caucus

Sep 03, 2013 01:00 PM

APPAM President-elect Angela Evans welcomes members back after the summer and presents the new Saturday Caucus debuting at this year's Fall Research Conference.

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Robert Kaestner and Jane Waldfogel

Aug 29, 2013 03:00 PM

Last year, the membership voted for Robert Kaestner as part of the new Policy Council cohort. Serving until 2016, Kaestner joins Colleen Barry, David Johnson, Mark Long, Jodi Sandfort, Laura Peck, and Lucie Schmidt as the newly-elected Council members. In 2011, the membership voted for Jane Waldfogel, who serves until 2015 with the Policy Council cohort that includes Scott Allard, Marcy Carlson, Swati Desai, Barbara Devaney, Susan Dynarski, and Joyce Manchester.

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Mark Long

Aug 22, 2013 02:00 PM

Mark C. Long is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. His current research focuses on higher education and labor issues, including gender disparities, affirmative action, and financial aid, and has previously worked on the economics of nursing labor markets and manufacturing firms' wage and productivity dynamics.

 
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Understanding the Research, Policy, and Practice Behind Transforming Remediation

Aug 20, 2013 01:41 PM

The American Youth Policy Forum conducted an online seminar last week, presenting some key principles for transforming remedial education in postsecondary education. The webinar also highlighted promising institution-level practices and discussed future steps.

 
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Spotlight: University of California, Berkeley

Today, the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley conducts leading-edge research in budgeting and the economy, political participation, labor, education, inequality, racial profiling, criminal justice, health care, renewable energy and the environment, and national security.

 
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Tackling Wicked Government Problems: Developing Enterprise Leaders

Aug 15, 2013 05:00 PM

Government leaders face increasingly complex problems that demand collaborative interagency solutions. Nearly all of the major challenges the government faces today, from cyber security and food safety to natural and man-made disasters, require leaders at all levels who can coordinate resources beyond their immediate control.

 
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Mexico-U.S. Migration: Past, Present, and Future Trends

Aug 13, 2013 05:08 PM

The total number of Mexican migrants into the United States has increased more than ten-fold between 1970 and 2011. Why did so many Mexicans come to this country? Since about 2005, why has net migration from Mexico apparently fallen to about zero? Is this change likely to be permanent? Regardless of whether there might be an indefinite pause in Mexican migration, are there other "Mexicos"—in Latin America or elsewhere—in our future? And what are the implications for policy?

 
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Accurate Counting of Homeless Youth Necessary to Provide Successful Assistance

Aug 02, 2013 05:22 PM

Homelessness is devastating for young people. They often can't attend school, let alone graduate. They experience hight rates of violence, sexual assault, physical illness, and behavioral disorders. To cope, many engage in drug use, prostitution, survival sex, or other illicit activities. And they are often invisible.

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Laura Peck and Jodi Sandfort

Jul 24, 2013 01:00 PM

Last year, the membership voted in Jodi Sandfort and Laura Peck as part of the new Policy Council cohort. Serving until 2016, both women join Colleen Barry, David Johnson, Robert Kaestner, Mark Long, and Lucie Schmidt as the newly-elected Council members. Both Council members took a moment from their busy schedules to answer a few questions for the Association’s membership.

 
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Conference Update by President-elect Angela Evans

Jul 22, 2013 02:00 PM

APPAM President-elect Angela Evans provides an update on some special events happening at this year's Fall Research Conference.

 
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A Respectful Request From APPAM President-elect Angela Evans

APPAM President-elect Angela Evans is asking for your assistance. She would like to initiate a memorial at the fall conference, honoring those APPAM colleagues who have passed away during the previous year.

 
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Spotlight: Duke University

Jul 15, 2013 01:00 PM

Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy is among the nation’s oldest public policy programs. It was established in 1971 by Terry Sanford, then president of Duke. His experience as governor of North Carolina and, later, as a U.S. Senator convinced him the country needed ethical leaders capable of rigorous analytical thinking, who also understood the political process. Sanford urged students to set “outrageous ambitions,” a call to action that remains at the core of the school’s identity​

 
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Call for 2013 APPAM Policy Council and Officer Nominations

The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management is soliciting its members for nominations to the APPAM Policy Council and for the positions of APPAM President-elect, Vice-President, and Secretary. All terms will begin in 2014.

 
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2013 Fall Research Conference Next Steps: The Program Selection Process is Complete

Jul 03, 2013 12:11 PM

We completed the extremely difficult task of choosing among extremely high quality proposals to construct a fall conference program that promises an intellectually stimulating and challenging three days. The work to develop the program was bittersweet. While final sessions for the conference will be extraordinary, there also were proposals we had to reject due to space constraints. This was an extremely difficult task.

 
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Summer 2013 JPAM Preview

A summary of papers in the Summer 2013 edition of the JPAM, including a look at performance-based contracting in social welfare, Medicaid spending, state unemployment, teacher pensions, and aviation security.

 
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From the Director's Chair: Exciting Events at This Year's Fall Conference

Jun 27, 2013 07:26 PM

We’re busy here in the office assembling the final program for this year’s Fall Research Conference in DC. The conference will feature more than 200 panels, roundtables, workshops, and symposia over three days in November. In addition, we’ll have a number of special events, including several brand new events that I’m excited to share with you.

 
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APPAM Membership Votes In Changes to Policy Council

Jun 27, 2013 06:00 PM

The APPAM membership has voted to approve a change in the bylaws to reduce the size of the Policy Council and change its composition. The bylaws change was approved by a margin of six to one.

 
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University of Minnesota Regents Approve Humphrey School of Public Affairs Doctoral Degree Program

Jun 24, 2013 02:30 PM

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently approved a Ph.D. in Public Affairs degree program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This doctoral degree will provide students with critical skills necessary to address increasingly complex domestic and global policy challenges—from healthcare reform and economic development to climate change and international conflict prevention—and better prepare them for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, business, and academia.

 
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AYPF and MDRC Discuss the College Match Program

Jun 19, 2013 05:17 PM

A recent forum hosted by the American Youth Policy Forum and MDRC highlighted the findings from the promising College Match Program (CMP) in Chicago. The discussion, focused primarily on helping students gain admittance to the college that represents the best academic fit for their skills and abilities. The concept is known as "match" and forms the basis of the program. The CMP model is an intervention of sorts, combating the problem of "undermatching."

 
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APPAM to Host Conference Call Regarding JPAM RFP

Jun 17, 2013 07:30 PM

APPAM is soliciting bids to host the editorial office for the next editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM). The contract for the current editor, Maureen Pirog, expires in June 2014 and proposals are being sought for a five year period, starting in July 2014. To help institutional members interested in submitting a proposal, APPAM is holding an informational conference call on June 27th, 2:00 p.m. EST to answer any questions.

 
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APPAM to Present Three Awards During 2013 Fall Research Conference

Jun 06, 2013 02:00 PM

There are three awards that will be presented at APPAM’s 2013 Fall Research Conference. The window for nominations is closing rapidly, so there is still time to enter.

 
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President Obama Names Humphrey School Dean in Plans for Latest Administration Posts

Jun 04, 2013 01:04 PM

Eric Schwartz, Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, has been appointed by President Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). The USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.

 

APPAM Update: 5/31/13

May 31, 2013 06:08 PM

In this issue: *Brookings and APPAM Host a Discussion of the Obama Preschool Initiative *JPAM Accepting Proposals for New Editorial Home *Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UTA ​

 
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Brookings and APPAM Host a Discussion of the Obama Preschool Initiative

May 30, 2013 06:12 PM

At a forum held by The Brookings Institution, in conjunction with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke once again about the ambitious expansion of prekindergarten programs. With little interest among Washington politicos for more spending, coupled with a dislike among some camps to give the federal government more power, the President’s central education policy priority faces a monumental struggle to become law.

 
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Spotlight: The University of Texas at Austin

May 24, 2013 02:55 PM

Located minutes from the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs sits adjacent to the LBJ Presidential Library on The University of Texas at Austin campus. An APPAM institutional member, the LBJ School of Public Affairs is a professional school that grooms graduates for practice-oriented careers.

 
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Pepperdine's Michael Shires Named to Academic Fellowship in Terrorism Studies

May 24, 2013 01:00 PM

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced that Dr. Michael Shires, associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, has been named an "Academic Fellow" for 2013-2014. Shires will travel to Israel in June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

 
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Brookings and APPAM to Present Forum on the Obama Preschool Initiative

May 20, 2013 08:30 PM

On May 29, the Center on Children and Families at The Brookings Institution will host Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to explore the administration’s plan to help states expand and improve their preschool programs.

 
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The APPAM 2013 International Conference Program Now Available

The APPAM 2013 International Conference program is now available for download. This year's conference, "Collaboration Among Government, Market, and Society: Forging Partnerships and Encouraging Competition," will be taking place in Shanghai, China on May 26 and 27.

 
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Policy, Research, and Tweeting

May 15, 2013 01:00 PM

What is Twitter, and how is it relevant for public policy analysis, research, and management? Is this a viable tool for today's professionals in the public policy field? The short answer: it depends.​

 
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APPAM Call for Abstracts: PDW Mentoring Sessions at the 2013 Fall Research Conference

May 10, 2013 05:00 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) will hold a mentoring session opportunity as part of its inaugural Professional Development Workshop (PDW) for Doctoral Students, to be held on November 6, one day prior to the official opening of APPAM’s 2013 Fall Research Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 7-9, 2013.

 
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Post-Graduation Choices: M.P.P. or M.P.A.?

May 10, 2013 01:30 PM

Are you considering a future in the public policy or public administration fields? After undergraduate studies, the next step is choosing the right master’s program for your career aspirations. The two most common graduate programs are the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) and the Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.). Getting into the right program is a solid first step in getting your career within the public arena off to a great start.

 
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Great Expectations: Moving Towards the Fall Conference

Apr 23, 2013 12:30 PM

APPAM President-elect Angela Evans looks at the record number of submissions for this year's Fall Research Conference, the line-up for symposiums, and what the pre-conference workshops are all about. ​

 
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Fall Conference Progress Update

Apr 17, 2013 02:30 PM

APPAM President-elect Angela Evans thanks members for their recent submissions and gives an update on how programming is shaping up for this year's conference in Washington, DC.

 
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Deadline for the 2013 Fall Research Conference Submissions Extended

Apr 05, 2013 12:08 PM

The deadline to submit programs for the 2013 Fall Research Conference has been extended to April 15. This year’s program aims to build on the knowledge and experience of Association members and their colleagues by examining the current state of research and analysis across critical policy issues, as well as offer an environment to explore the place of research and analysis in future policy deliberations.​

 
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Preview the Spring 2013 JPAM

Mar 29, 2013 01:00 PM

A preview of the Spring 2013 JPAM, including a Point/Counterpoint on China's One-Child Policy, a policy retrospective on class size and student outcomes, and International Conference and other APPAM news.​

 
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JPAM Call for Papers: Empirical Strategies in International Development Research

Mar 27, 2013 01:00 PM

JPAM invites papers for a symposium on "Empirical Strategies in International Development Research." In the last two decades scholars have pioneered new empirical techniques to address these problems. These include the use of randomized field experiments and sophisticated econometric techniques. This symposium seeks to assess as well as showcase cutting edge empirical work in this vein.

 
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CURE/APPAM Conference and Webinar: University Engagement in Community Development

Mar 15, 2013 02:00 PM

This Institutional Member Forum, entitled University Engagement in Community Development, will highlight the importance and desirability of university engagement in community development, engendering interaction between scholars and practitioners.

 
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From the Director's Chair: The 2013 Fall Research Conference

Mar 14, 2013 01:00 PM

Though the 2013 Fall Research Conference is still several months away, now's the time to start considering it. As you’ve probably read by now, we’ve made some changes to this year’s submission process, adjusted the number of policy areas for submission, created new cross-cutting policy areas, and improved a few of the requirements for this year.

 
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Registration Now Open for APPAM's Spring, International Conferences

Feb 25, 2013 02:00 PM

Registration is now open for APPAM's Spring Conference in Washington, DC and the International Conference in Shanghai, China.

 
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Introducing the 2013 Fall Research Conference: Knowledge Sharing and Policy Perspectives

In the first of a series of blogs on this year's Fall Research Conference, APPAM President-elect Angela Evans discusses the theme and some changes coming to the policy and cross-cutting categories.

 
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Introducing the 2013 Fall Research Conference: Knowledge Sharing and Policy Perspectives

In the first of a series of blogs on this year's Fall Research Conference, APPAM President-elect Angela Evans discusses the theme and some changes coming to the policy and cross-cutting categories.

 
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From the Executive Director (Jan/Feb 2013)

Feb 13, 2013 03:27 PM

APPAM's Executive Director Tara Sheehan discusses the Associaton's 2013 conference lineup and welcomes members to a new year, featuring lots of new changes.

 
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Systematic Reviews as a Tool in Evidence-Based Decision Making

Feb 07, 2013 05:00 PM

With constant pressure to “do more with less,” policymakers and program administrators are turning to the existing research base for guidance on funding decisions, assistance with program development, and evidence of program effectiveness. For the research to be useful, however, decision makers must be able to draw accurate lessons from what can often be a large and bewildering assortment of relevant studies.

 

David L. Rousseau Named Dean of Rockefeller College at the University at Albany

Feb 07, 2013 04:11 PM

University at Albany President Robert J. Jones announced the appointment of Professor David L. Rousseau Ph.D., as dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Rousseau was chosen following a national search. Rousseau, an APPAM member, joined the University in 2005, and since that time has served in various leadership roles including director of graduate studies, chair of the Department of Political Science, and the College’s interim dean since July 2011.

 
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Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials

Feb 04, 2013 07:05 PM

Sophia Guevara takes an in-depth look at the 2012 Fall Research Conference session "Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials" and the various issues and positions presented by the panel.

 
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Call for Papers: Qualitative and Mixed-Methods for Policy Analysis

Jan 29, 2013 03:11 PM

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) invites submissions of papers for a special symposium on “Qualitative and Mixed-Methods for Policy Analysis.” The symposium will include papers that focus specifically on advances in these methodologies as well as papers that evaluate the efficacy and/or implementation of government programs, policies, laws and/or managerial innovations using these methods.

 
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APPAM Welcomes New Policy Council Cohort for 2013

Jan 18, 2013 03:30 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) welcomes seven new members to its Policy Council. The newly-elected Council members will serve on the board through 2017. Voting was conducted online from mid-December to early January by Association members.

 
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Preview of the Winter 2013 JPAM

Jan 07, 2013 07:25 PM

What's inside the Winter 2013 JPAM.

 
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Deadline for Submissions Extended to January 15, 2013

Dec 28, 2012 10:37 AM

The call for papers for the 2013 International Conference has been extended to January 15.

 
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Meet the 2013 Officers of the APPAM Policy Council

Dec 13, 2012 02:45 PM

At the conclusion of the 2013 election, the leadership of APPAM will cycle. Meet the new leadership team for the Association.

 
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Watch Sandra Archibald's President's Address Online

Nov 28, 2012 06:04 PM

Missed 2012 APPAM President Sandra Archibald's address during the Fall Research Conference? You can now view it online.

 
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APPAM Celebrates New Leadership, Awards at 2012 Fall Research Conference

Nov 26, 2012 04:03 PM

The Association of Public Policy and Analysis Management (APPAM) recently held its annual Fall Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Just over 1,600 members were in attendance during the three days of sessions, presentations, and meetings.

 
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Professor Angela Evans Selected as Next President-elect

Nov 19, 2012 03:31 PM

Professor Angela Evans, University of Texas at Austin, was elected as the new president-elect for APPAM. As the president-elect, Evans begins a three-year leadership commitment in which she will develop the 2013 annual conference in Washington, D.C. as well as serve as the representative of and spokesperson for the Association.

 
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Presidential Address: Effective Evidence-Based Policy Making: Some Critical Perspectives

Nov 10, 2012 04:39 PM

"Scientific technology has changed research and impacted decision makers in every policy field, including climate change, wealth disparities, and human trafficking," said Dr. Archibald. "We need to be prepared to address complexities in technology that will change more drastically." An important step forward would be the integration of policy analysis, resource management, and program evaluation.

 
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Meet the Conference Communication Team!

Nov 07, 2012 11:04 PM

At the 2012 Fall Research Conference, we've enlisted the help of five public policy students to help communicate all the great events and programs happening in Baltimore over the next few days.

 
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Call for Papers: Collaboration Among Government, Market, and Society

Oct 31, 2012 12:53 PM

Collaboration and competition among government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations have been growing trends over the years and have fundamentally shaped the values, operations, responsibilities, and results of public management. In order to explore these and related issues, SIRPA, UMD, and APPAM will hold a conference in Shanghai, China on May 25-26, 2013.

 
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Know Before You Go to This Year's Fall Conference

Oct 25, 2012 07:51 PM

The 2012 Fall Research Conference is just around the corner. Here's some last-minute info you'll need before you leave.

 
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Dr. John MacDonald, 2012 Kershaw Award Winner, Discusses Mentorship, Collaboration, and Career

Oct 05, 2012 04:30 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) selected John MacDonald, M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, as the winner of the 2012 David N. Kershaw Award. Dr. MacDonald works on a wide variety of topics in criminology that include the study of interpersonal violence, race and ethnic disparities in criminal justice, and the effectiveness of social policy responses to crime.

 
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Thomas D. Cook to Receive 2012 Peter H. Rossi Award

Oct 02, 2012 07:07 PM

Thomas D. Cook of Northwestern University has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Peter H. Rossi Award for "Contributions to the Theory or Practice of Program Evaluation."

 
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What's Inside the Fall 2012 JPAM

Oct 01, 2012 05:00 PM

A look at the articles found in the Fall 2012 JPAM.

 
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Getting Ready for the 2012 Fall Research Conference

Sep 21, 2012 05:43 PM

Wondering if this year's Fall Research Conference is for you? For many years, the private sector has operated under the mantra of "do more with less." Companies have responded to competitive pressures and a challenging global economy by trying to wring greater productivity out of scarce resources. This new age of scarcity in public resources is the backdrop which APPAM members will contribute to the public policy process in 2012 and beyond.

 
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Welcome to the New APPAM.org!

Sep 19, 2012 12:12 PM

While we’ve been working on the site for a long time, it feels as though the design and launch process happened overnight. Our entire staff worked tirelessly to make sure that the new site is functional, easy to navigate, and anticipatory of the information you need from us.

 
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PPIA Currently Accepting Applications for 2013 JSI

Sep 14, 2012 01:29 PM

The Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship (PPIA) Program is currently accepting applications from qualified undergraduate students for their 2013 Junior Summer Institutes (JSI).

 
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John MacDonald Selected as 2012 David N. Kershaw Award Recipient

Sep 10, 2012 05:41 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has selected John MacDonald, professor at the University of Pennsylvania, as the winner of the 2012 David N. Kershaw Award. The Kershaw Award and Prize comes with an honorarium of $10,000, and recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management.

 

APPAM and SBCA Collaborate for 2012 Fall Research Conference

Aug 31, 2012 05:39 PM

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Benefit-Cost Analysis Center are pleased to announce a new joint collaboration with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) annual conference. Several BCA-focused sessions will be included in the APPAM program, taking place from November 8-10 in Baltimore, MD.

 
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APPAM Student Newsletter - August 2012

Aug 31, 2012 05:30 PM

Information on the Fall Research Conference, search for volunteers, and social media connections.

 
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Paul Decker Discusses the Future of APPAM

Aug 30, 2012 02:19 PM

At the 2012 Fall Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Paul T. Decker will be installed as the next President of APPAM. Mr. Decker spent a few minutes discussing the association, his thoughts on the future, and his vision for APPAM going forward.

 
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APPAM Update - August 2012

Aug 29, 2012 05:00 PM

Fall Research Conference details, last call for the Rossi award, and a call for nominations for the Policy Council...

 
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APPAM Wants to Hear From You!

If you're an APPAM member and have news you'd like to share with your peers, let us know. Whether it's a job promotion, new position, recent publication, recognition and award, or other public notification, email us the details, relevant links, and a photo (if possible). We'll share your news with the rest of the association here on the website!

 
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APPAM President Joins Experts Discussing New Focus on Quant Skills

A recent Express article examined the latest trend among public policy graduate students: taking more math courses. Many employers in the public policy field are looking to hire people who can analyze complex sets of data and use the results to craft effective policies in such areas as education, crime prevention and international development. APPAM President Sandra O. Archibald is one of the experts quoted in the article.

 
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JPAM Accepting Proposals for New Editorial Home

Aug 15, 2012 05:43 PM

Maureen Pirog, editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), will reach the end of her five-year term in June 2014. APPAM is soliciting proposals from institutions interested in becoming the editorial home for the journal for the five-year period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019. ​

 
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Submit a Proposal to Host a Future APPAM Institutional Member Forum

APPAM has started a series of forums jointly hosted by APPAM and its institutional members designed to help better connect the worlds of research and policy. The first forum was hosted by Mathematica Policy Research and featured an engaging roundtable on the U.S. health care system. More than 100 people attended the roundtable in person and more than 500 people viewed the roundtable as a webinar. ​

 
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Allies, Adversaries, or Strange Bedfellows? The Relationship Between Research, Politics, & Policy

Over 100 people attended and 500 people viewed the APPAM and Mathematica Policy Research roundtable/webinar "Allies, Adversaries, or Strange Bedfellows? The Relationship Between Research, Politics, & Policy" on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

 
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The Public Affairs Education Data Center is now open!

The Public Affairs Education Data Center, a APPAM/NASPAA collaboration, is now open for you to enter your school’s data! With the full membership’s participation, the Data Center will become the authoritative source of data on public affairs education.

 
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Rossi Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted

The Rossi award honors the lifetime achievements of Peter Rossi (1921–2006) by recognizing important contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation. Nominations may be made by any individual or organization. (Individuals may nominate their own work.) Nominations are due September 1, 2012.

 
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What’s Inside the Summer 2012 JPAM

Jun 18, 2012 07:24 PM

A quick summary of items found in the Summer 2012 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.​

 
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What's Inside the Spring 2012 JPAM

Feb 01, 2012 07:08 PM

A quick summary of items found in the Spring 2012 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.​​

 
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Spotlight: George Mason University

Not too far away from the 2012 Fall Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland is the George Mason University (GMU) School of Public Policy. An APPAM institutional member, the school is recognized as one of the largest and most respected public policy programs in the United States. With six master’s degrees and a doctoral program, GMU offers students and working professionals a comprehensive education that integrates real-world experience, problem-solving, and applied knowledge.

 
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Spotlight: IMPAQ

With offices in Columbia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, IMPAQ International is a policy research, evaluation and technical assistance firm committed to bringing rigor and innovation to its analytic work. IMPAQ provides clients with impact evaluation studies, applied research, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and technical assistance.

 
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Spotlight: Mathematica Policy Research

Considered an architect of social policy research, Mathematica Policy Research provides expert design and evaluation to guide decision-making that improves public well-being. For more than four decades, the employee-owned company has been at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs. Read more about one of APPAM's founding institutional members.

 
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Spotlight: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Jan 01, 2011 07:00 PM

Baltimore, Maryland, site of the 2012 Fall Research Conference, is also the home to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) one of APPAM’s institutional members Public policy is among the core missions of UMBC; its Department of Public Policy was established in 1974 and offers both a Master’s (MPP) and a Ph.D. program.

 
 
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