Friday, November 30, 2018

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

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

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Submissions Guidelines for 2019 International Conference in Barcelona

Dec 07, 2018 04:01 PM

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

 
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Submissions Guidelines for 2019 DC Regional Student Conference

Dec 07, 2018 04:01 PM

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

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

Nov 30, 2018 05:31 PM

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

 
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Student Member Update - November 2018

Nov 28, 2018 03:17 PM

APPAM's November 2018 Student Member Update features a look ahead to 2019, information about a student seat opening on our Policy Council, a tribute to #2018APPAM award recipients, and more.

 
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Professional Member Update - November 2018

Nov 28, 2018 02:58 PM

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

 
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Institutional Rep Update - November 2018

Nov 28, 2018 02:45 PM

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

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

Nov 10, 2018 11:14 PM

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

 
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Super Session: Is the War on Poverty Over?

Nov 10, 2018 03:10 PM

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

 
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Super Session: The Future of Fair Housing

Nov 10, 2018 02:58 PM

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

 
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APPAM's Membership and Awards Breakfast at #2018APPAM

Nov 10, 2018 02:36 PM

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

 
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Presidential Address at #2018APPAM

Nov 10, 2018 02:00 PM

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

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

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

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

Nov 10, 2018 12:39 AM

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

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

Nov 09, 2018 07:09 PM

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

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

Nov 09, 2018 04:59 AM

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

 
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Values in Education: Implications for Policy and Practice

Nov 08, 2018 11:30 PM

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

 
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Know Before You Go - APPAM Fall 2018 Research Conference

Nov 05, 2018 02:59 PM

Our Know Before You Go contains some helpful information we wanted to share with you before you arrive so you may make the most of your experience at #2018APPAM.

 
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BPC Obtains Documents Revealing Labor Dept Cut Funds for Program Evaluation

The Bipartisan Policy Center obtained documents through the Freedom of Information Act that reveal the Department of Labor sharply cut funding for evaluating whether its programs are operating effectively. The documents show the Labor Department quietly slashed the amount of funding it transfers to its chief evaluation officer for this fiscal year’s program evaluation to $2 million. That compares with $13 million and $27 million for use in prior fiscal years 2018 and 2017, respectively.

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

Oct 18, 2018 01:45 PM

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

 
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Scholars from the University at Albany, Abt Associates, Vanderbilt, and Westat Earn the PhD and Vernon Awards

Oct 04, 2018 02:09 PM

University at Albany alumnus Garima Siwach has been selected to receive the PhD Dissertation Award. Authors from Abt Associates, Vanderbilt University, and Westat have been selected as recipients of the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award for a paper published in the Fall 2018 issue of the Journal of Pubic Policy Analysis and Management. Both awards will be presented during the new Membership and Awards Breakfast on Friday, November 9, at the Fall Research Conference.

 
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What Interventions Work Best for Families Who Experience Homelessness? Impact Estimates from the Family Options Study | JPAM Featured Article

Oct 03, 2018 05:02 PM

In the United States, families with children represent about one-third of the 1.4 million people who experience sheltered homelessness each year. This paper presents findings from the Family Options Study, the first large-scale randomized trial to investigate the effects of interventions for families who experience homelessness. The study compares priority access to three types of programs with assignment to a usual care group that did not receive priority access to any type of program.

 
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Register for the Upcoming Webinar: The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Workforce

With student loan debt tripling between 2001 and 2016, hitting the $1.5 trillion milestone in the first quarter of 2018, the Federal Reserve reports that student loan debt now exceeds both auto and credit card debt. This webinar will provide an overview of national student debt, explore how debt impacts job seekers, hiring trends such as job seekers being overqualified or underemployed, current research and policy, and more. Join on October 18th at 1:00 pm EDT.

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

Sep 24, 2018 05:39 PM

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

 
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Meet the Recipients of the 40 for 40 Fellowship

Sep 17, 2018 02:40 PM

In recent years, APPAM has consistently developed more resources and opportunities for our student and early career professional members. To build on that momentum as we celebrate our 40th Annual Fall Research Conference, APPAM introduced the 40 for 40 Fellowship. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 40 for 40 Fellowship!

 
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Watch the Member Forum On Demand: At the Intersection of Data Science and Social Science

Sep 14, 2018 02:20 PM

The proliferation of new digital data sources and the development of new programming languages that can quickly make sense of these data are changing the nature of how public policy makers and the general public understand how government works – and when it doesn’t. This discussion focused on the road ahead for data and social science, how to communicate better when the lanes merge, and what this all means for getting to better-informed policies and programs that improve public well-being.

 
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Harvard and Vanderbilt Professors Receive the David N. Kershaw Award and Peter H. Rossi Award

Harvard University professor David J. Deming has been selected to receive the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize for his contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management. Professor Mark W. Lipsey of Vanderbilt University has been selected to receive the Peter H. Rossi Award for contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation. Dr. Deming and Dr. Lipsey will be honored at the 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC, this November.

 
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Are There Hidden Costs Associated with Conducting Layoffs? The Impact of Reduction-in-Force and Layoff Notices on Teacher Effectiveness | JPAM Featured Article

Sep 07, 2018 05:02 PM

The Great Recession of 2008 led to widespread layoffs in both the public and private sectors. While there is a literature of empirical work that shows the direct costs of such employment reductions, there is little work that examines the less obvious consequences associated with layoffs and the process through which layoffs occur. The authors show that the negative impacts of the layoff process on teacher productivity are driven by the process’ effects on teachers’ job commitment.

 
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Join us at the first ever CA Student Happy Hour on 9/27

Join us for an APPAM Student Happy Hour at The Garage! This venue features an old school pub, outdoor patio space, a full bar, great cocktails and wine, and upscale pub food. APPAM will provide appetizers, beer, and wine. Some long-time professional members will be in attendance to provide general research or career insight to students.

 
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The Wonk Policy Podcast: The Shale Dilemma with Shanti Gamper-Rabindran

Aug 14, 2018 03:03 PM

Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh talks about her new book, The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development.

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

Aug 13, 2018 06:23 PM

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

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

Aug 02, 2018 07:07 PM

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

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

Jul 31, 2018 02:08 PM

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

 
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Request for Proposals: Innovation Lounge at the Fall Research Conference

Jul 30, 2018 01:37 PM

The 40th Anniversary of the Fall Research Conference is a great opportunity to innovate and we invite our attendees to do just that with the Innovation Lounge. Submit a proposal, due September 28. One of the most valuable and critical aspects of the annual Fall Research Conferences are the impromptu conversations attendees have in the hallways, after a session or over lunch, about a project they’re working on or an idea that they have been kicking around and would like some feedback on.

 
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2018 International Conference Attendee Survey

Jul 27, 2018 04:59 PM

Thank you for a great conference in Mexico City! Attendees, please complete this short post-conference survey. Your feedback helps us plan and improve future International Conference. Thank you in advance!

 
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July 2018 Professional Member Update

Jul 20, 2018 04:30 PM

Fall Conference Registration, Fellowship Announcements, and New JPAM Editor.

 
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July 2018 Student Member Update

Jul 20, 2018 04:30 PM

Fall Conference Registration, Fellowship Announcements, and Mentorship Program.

 
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July 2018 Institutional Representative Update

Jul 20, 2018 04:30 PM

Fall Conference Registration, Conference Opportunities, and New JPAM Editor.

 
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Registration is Open for the 2018 Fall Research Conference

Jul 16, 2018 04:07 PM

The 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference will celebrate APPAM's 40th conference on November 8 - 10 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This year's event will focus on improving programs and policies by generating and engaging with evidence throughout the policy analysis and management process.

 
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Announcing the 2018 Public Policy Camps

The Public Policy Camp is an initiative to introduce the field of public policy to a group of students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, as well as increase the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools. After our inaugural camp at George Washington University, we are thrilled to announce two upcoming Public Policy Camps in September.

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

Jul 10, 2018 01:34 PM

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

 
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Meet the Recipients of the 2018 APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship

Jul 06, 2018 02:53 PM

The 2018 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship supports the travel and participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 8 - 10, in Washington, DC. We look forward to celebrating you in Washington, DC at #2018APPAM!

 
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June 2018 Professional Member Update

Jun 18, 2018 04:30 PM

Early Career Fellowship, Sustainable Development, and Award Nominations.

 
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June 2018 Student Member Update

Jun 18, 2018 04:30 PM

Fall PD Sessions, Mentor Matching Program, and Sustainable Development.

 
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June 2018 Institutional Representative Update

Jun 18, 2018 04:30 PM

Early Career Fellowship, Fall Conference Opportunities, and Award Nominations.

 
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Government Data is a National Treasure | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Jun 07, 2018 05:42 PM

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

 
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Rigorous Policy Research Has Never Been More Important

Jun 06, 2018 07:58 PM

Support the meaningful work of early career professionals through the 40 for 40 Fellowship. The essential work from these scholars will shape the future of public policy research. Our goal is to provide opportunities to grow their professional networks and share their research with the broader policy audience.

 
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May 2018 Professional Member Update

May 18, 2018 02:00 PM

Sustainable Development in Mexico City, 2018 Awards, and DACA Webinar.

 
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May 2018 Institutional Representative Update

May 18, 2018 02:00 PM

Student Fellowship, Public Policy Camp Proposals, and Meeting Minutes.

 
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May 2018 Student Member Update

May 18, 2018 02:00 PM

Equity and Inclusion Fellowship, Student PD Sessions, and DACA Webinar.

 
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Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Deadline Approaching

May 16, 2018 07:08 PM

As part of APPAM's commitment to an inclusive public policy field, the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship supports the participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2018 Fall Research Conference. The goal of this fellowship program is to introduce recipients to the world of public policy and APPAM, and foster lifelong engagement. Don't miss this important opportunity! The application deadline is May 25th.

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

May 14, 2018 07:42 PM

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

 
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Watch the DACA Webinar on Policy, Community, and Global Implications

May 10, 2018 07:35 PM

What are the effects of the current DACA instability on families? Communities? What does the legal fight mean for immigration globally? What are the politics of the issue? What does the research say? APPAM experts answer these questions, as well as address the issue of how to inform policymakers grappling with the effects of the policy within their own communities.

 
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Duke/APPAM Opioid Forum Focused on Effective Partnerships and Data

May 07, 2018 01:42 PM

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

 
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Join Colleagues in Mexico City for the APPAM International Conference

May 02, 2018 06:07 PM

This conference on Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development will host nearly 60 sessions and three plenaries built around the seven primary policy areas. Attendees will also enjoy two receptions and generous lunch schedules for optimal networking opportunities. Participate with researchers from around the world as they share unique perspectives on sustainability and development.

 
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Read About the Opioid Forum with APPAM and Duke Policy Bridge

Apr 24, 2018 01:47 PM

Opioid misuse is a major epidemic across the nation. Local and state officials bear the burden of responses to the epidemic and need assistance coordinating research and resources. This Institutional Forum, held at Duke University's Penn Pavilion, seeks to connect the worlds of research and policy across this escalating public health epidemic.

 
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Paying for Happiness: Experimental Results from a Large Cash Transfer Program in Malawi | JPAM Featured Article

Apr 23, 2018 07:02 PM

Cash transfer policies have become an immensely popular social protection strategy across low and middle-income countries over the last couple of decades with recent adoption particularly high in sub-Saharan Africa. This article examines the causal effect of national cash transfer program in Malawi on the subjective well-being of household caregivers. Results reveal that the income from the program can have a profound impact on caregiver subjective well-being.

 
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DACA: Policy, Community, and Global Implications

Apr 23, 2018 03:59 PM

Join us for a new webinar on Thursday, May 10th. What are the effects of DACA instability on communities? What does the legal fight mean for immigration? APPAM experts will answer these questions, as well as how to inform policymakers.

 
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April 2018 Professional Member Update

Apr 17, 2018 05:00 PM

Sustainable Development in Mexico City, 2018 Awards, and APPAM/Duke Opioid Forum.

 
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April 2018 Institutional Representative Update

Apr 17, 2018 05:00 PM

Sustainable Development in Mexico City, Representatives Spring Meeting, and APPAM/Duke Opioid Forum.​

 
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April 2018 Student Member Update

Apr 17, 2018 05:00 PM

Sustainable Development in Mexico City, 2018 Awards, and APPAM/Duke Opioid Forum.

 
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Nominate Your Colleague for the 40 for 40 Fellowship at #2018APPAM

Apr 17, 2018 02:30 PM

Do you have a young colleague doing outstanding work as a newer professional? APPAM has established the 40 for 40 Fellowship to build on recent efforts to provide more support, resources, and opportunities for younger professionals. This 2018 program will provide funding for 40 outstanding young research professionals to attend the 40th Annual Fall Research Conference.

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

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

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

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

 
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Award and Fellowship Nominations Open for the 2018 Fall Research Conference

Nominations for the 2018 awards and fellowships are now open. All recipients will be honored at the 2018 Fall Research Conference. The Equity and Inclusion Fellowship application closes May 25th. Nominations for all the 2018 awards close July 9th. The 40 for 40 Fellowship application closes August 15th.​

 
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Explore Sustainable Development at the APPAM International Conference

Apr 04, 2018 02:26 PM

Please join us for the 2018 APPAM International Conference in Mexico City on July 19 - 20! The 2018 theme, Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development, will encompass a great number of topics embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations. These include Poverty, Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action.

 
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Register for the Member Forum: State and Research University Partnerships in the Opioid Crisis

Apr 03, 2018 06:48 PM

Opioid misuse is a major epidemic across the nation. Local and state officials bear the burden of responses to the epidemic and need assistance coordinating research and resources. This Institutional Forum, held at Duke University's Penn Pavilion, seeks to connect the worlds of research and policy across this escalating public health epidemic, and will be a valuable opportunity for academics, researchers, and policy officials to exchange best practices for research and policy support.

 
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Host the 2018 Public Policy Camp: RFP Process is Open

Public Policy Camp is an initiative to introduce the field of public policy to a group of students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, as well as increase the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools. APPAM is requesting proposals from institutional members to host the 2018 event.

 
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March 2018 Professional Member Update

Mar 16, 2018 05:00 PM

Celebrating 40 years with the 40 for 40 Fellowship, Fall Research Conference Submissions, JPAM Podcast.​

 
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March 2018 Institutional Representative Update

Mar 16, 2018 05:00 PM

Celebrating 40 years with the 40 for 40 Fellowship, Institutional Reps Spring Meeting, Fall Research Conference Sponsorships.

 
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March 2018 Student Member Update

Mar 16, 2018 05:00 PM

DC Regional Student Conference, Fall Research Conference Submissions, JPAM Podcast.

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

Mar 14, 2018 07:02 PM

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

 
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Tips for Translating Your Policy Degree into Academia, Public Service, and Other Scholarly Practices

The lunch workshop at the CA Regional Student Conference coached students on how to best prepare for a career inside, or outside, academia. Career development experts were on hand to explore writing methods, general interviewing tips, and the skills and strategies needed to translate into a successful policy role post-graduation.

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

Mar 12, 2018 07:45 PM

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

 
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Join Us in Honoring 40 Outstanding Young Research Professionals

Mar 07, 2018 02:18 PM

This year we're doing something different. In recent years, APPAM has consistently developed more resources and opportunities for our student and younger professional members. To build on that momentum as we celebrate our 40th Annual Fall Research Conference, APPAM introduces the 40 for 40 Fellowship. This 2018-exclusive program will provide funding for 40 outstanding young research professionals to attend the Fall Conference.

 
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Registration Open for the CA Regional Student Conference

Join us at the DC Regional Student Conference on April 6th - 7th, 2018. Students will present research across a wide variety of policy areas, through poster sessions and on conference panels.

 
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Welcome to the Exchange of Ideas | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

Feb 22, 2018 12:57 PM

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

 
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February 2018 Institutional Representative Update

Feb 20, 2018 03:51 PM

APPAM Fall Research Conference submissions, CA Regional Student Conference registration, 2017 Annual Report.

 
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February 2018 Student Member Update

Feb 20, 2018 03:49 PM

APPAM Fall Research Conference submissions, CA Regional Student Conference registration, 2017 Annual Report.

 
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February 2018 Professional Member Update

Feb 20, 2018 03:46 PM

FINAL DAY for APPAM International Conference submissions, 2017 Annual Report, JPAM in the news.

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

Feb 13, 2018 04:02 PM

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

 
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Submit Your Research for the 2018 Fall Research Conference

Feb 06, 2018 01:23 PM

The 2018 conference will emphasize the iterative and collaborative nature of building evidence. We aim to engage researchers, policy makers, and program leaders in thoughtful discussions about how best to collect data, capture innovation, measure impacts, and identify actionable and timely recommendations. All submissions are due by April 11, 2018.

 
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Registration Open for CA Regional Student Conference

Feb 01, 2018 08:52 PM

Registration is open for the California Regional Student Conference, March 9th – 10th, 2018, at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. During this conference, 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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January 2018 Institutional Representative Update

Jan 19, 2018 03:51 PM

APPAM Conference Submissions, Incoming Policy Council Members, JPAM Feature Articles.

 
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January 2018 Student Member Update

Jan 19, 2018 03:49 PM

APPAM Conference Submissions, Incoming Policy Council Members, JPAM Feature Articles.

 
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January 2018 Professional Member Update

Jan 19, 2018 03:46 PM

APPAM Conference Submissions, Incoming Policy Council Members, JPAM Feature Articles.

 
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Introducing APPAM's Incoming 2018 Policy Council Members

APPAM welcomes our new Executive Committee and Policy Council members! The Policy Council is APPAM's governing board and is responsible for setting policy and creating strategy for the Association. It currently consists of four elected cohorts serving staggered, four-year terms of office.

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

Jan 17, 2018 12:57 PM

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

 
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Breaking Habits: The Effect of the French Vending Machine Ban on School Snacking and Sugar Intakes | JPAM Featured Article

Jan 12, 2018 04:02 PM

There is consistent evidence showing that food and drinks sold from vending machines (VMs) have on average a higher energy-density, and access to VMs in schools has been associated with unhealthy diets and excess weight in children. From September 2005, the French government has banned VMs from all middle and secondary schools. This paper evaluates the impact of the ban on the nutrient intakes and school snack frequency of schoolchildren, and consider intakes from out-of-school meals.

 
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Member Forum: State and Research University Partnerships in the Opioid Crisis

Opioid drug abuse is a major epidemic across the nation with policy response efforts concentrated the state level with policy officials struggling to coordinate research and resources. Join us at the 2018 Institutional Member Forum on May 1st as we explore ways research universities can serve as excellent resources for expertise to state governments.

 
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Final week for California Submissions!

Jan 03, 2018 07:02 PM

Submit abstracts for the 2018 California Regional Student Conference and gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students. Deadline: January 10.

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

Dec 18, 2017 04:02 PM

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

 
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December 2017 Student Member Update

Dec 14, 2017 07:23 PM

APPAM Regional Student Conference Submissions and Policy Council Nominations.

 
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December 2017 Institutional Member Update

Dec 14, 2017 07:20 PM

Nominate a Student Member For Service on the Policy Council.

 
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December 2017 Professional Member Update

Dec 14, 2017 03:16 PM

APPAM International Conference and Regional Student Conference Submissions Open

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

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

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

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

 
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Concurrent Symposium: The Vital Role of Government Statistics

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

 
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#2017APPAM Daily: Wednesday

#2017APPAM Day One Highlights

 
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2017 Pre-Conference Workshop

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

 
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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 Professional Member Update

Evidence, Data and Policy Engagement at #2017APPAM.

 
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October 2017 Student Member Update

#2017appam features more student PD programming than ever.

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

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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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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International Conference Coverage: Friday Plenary

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

 
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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 Bag 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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#2016APPAM Interview with Saturday Third Place Poster Winner Jessica Gillooly

Interview conducted with Saturday Third Poster Winner Jessica Gillooly during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with Saturday Second Place Poster Winner Audrey Hickert

Interview conducted with Saturday Second Place Poster Winner Audrey Hickert during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with Thursday Second Place Poster Winner Michel Grosz

Interview conducted with Thursday Second Place Poster Winner Michel Grosz during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with APPAM Past-President Ron Haskins

Interview conducted with APPAM's Past-President Ron Haskins during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with APPAM Member Sarah Jane Brubaker

Interview conducted with APPAM Member Sarah Jane Brubaker during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with APPAM Member Nelson Lim

Interview conducted with APPAM Member Nelson Lim during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with APPAM Student Member Mallory Flowers

Interview conducted with APPAM Student Member Mallory Flowers during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with APPAM Member David van Slyke

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

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with Friday First Place Poster Winner Garima Siwach

Interview conducted with Friday First Place Poster Winner Garima Siwach during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with Friday Second Place Poster Winner Cole Rakow

Interview conducted with Friday Second Place Poster Winner Cole Rakow during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with Friday Second Place Poster Winner Daniel Fay

Interview conducted with Friday Second Place Poster Winner Daniel Fay during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.

 
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#2016APPAM Interview with APPAM Professional Member Jill Feldman

Interview conducted with APPAM Professional Member Jill Feldman during #2016APPAM in Washington, DC.​

 
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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: 2016 APPAM David N. Kershaw Award Lecture

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM David N. Kershaw Award Lecture

 

Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Lunch

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Lunch

 

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

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

 

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

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

 
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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.

 

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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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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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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Session Recap: Measuring Teacher Effectiveness

Nov 18, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Can High Schools Impart Job Market Skills?

Nov 17, 2014 06:00 PM

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

 
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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! ​

 

Session Recap Natural Resource Security, Energy, and Environmental Policy

Nov 13, 2014 05:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Safety Net Policies and Family Income Dynamics

Nov 13, 2014 04:00 PM

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

 
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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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Session Recap: Improving the Link Between Analytical Methods and Policy

Nov 13, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Goal-Setting and Motivation in Public Organizations

Nov 12, 2014 06:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap:The Relationship Between Leaders and Employees in Governance

Nov 12, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 

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

Nov 12, 2014 02:30 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: State-Provided Paid Leave

Nov 12, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Health Care Cost Containment

Nov 11, 2014 07:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: New Evidence on Head Start

Nov 11, 2014 03:30 PM

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

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

Nov 11, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Health Insurance and the Labor Market

Nov 10, 2014 07:30 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Unemployment Insurance

Nov 10, 2014 06:00 PM

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

 
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Lecture Recap: Beyond Internal Validity

Nov 10, 2014 05:20 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Racial Wealth Disparities and Housing Policy

Nov 10, 2014 05:12 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Performance Information Use in Comparative Perspective

Nov 10, 2014 04:00 PM

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

 
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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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Symposium Recap: The Decline of the Middle Class

Nov 09, 2014 07:00 PM

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

 
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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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Session Recap: Efficacy of College Affirmative Action and Alternative Policies

Nov 09, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Health Behaviors

Nov 09, 2014 12:00 AM

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

 
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Saturday Poster Winners

Nov 08, 2014 10:30 PM

Poster winners from the Saturday Poster Luncheon, including a video presentation from each of the three winners.

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

Nov 08, 2014 10:00 PM

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

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

Nov 08, 2014 07:00 PM

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

 
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Caucus Recap: Suburban Poverty

Nov 08, 2014 05:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Responses to Incentives in Taxation

Nov 08, 2014 04:00 PM

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

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

Nov 08, 2014 03:30 PM

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

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

Nov 08, 2014 02:00 PM

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

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

Nov 08, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Friday Poster Winners

Nov 08, 2014 02:00 AM

Winners from Friday's poster session.

 
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Session Recap: Sustainability and Energy Transitions

Nov 07, 2014 11:38 PM

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

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

Nov 07, 2014 11:19 PM

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

 
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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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Session Recap: Survey Data Versus Administrative Data in Evaluation

Nov 07, 2014 08:12 PM

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

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

Nov 07, 2014 08:00 PM

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

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

Nov 07, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 
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Thursday Poster Winners

Nov 07, 2014 02:30 PM

Poster winners from the Thursday portion of the Fall Research Conference.

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

Nov 07, 2014 02:00 PM

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

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

Nov 07, 2014 01:30 PM

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

 
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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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Looking Beyond the Degree at the Fall Research Conference

Nov 06, 2014 04:00 PM

Belinda Archibong, Columbia University, offers the various perspectives presented at the pre-conference workshop event for students and young professionals.

 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Find Success as a Graduate Student

Sep 02, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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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.​

 

Mathematica's Experts Present at National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics

Aug 13, 2014 02:03 PM

Mathematica's experts will present on a variety of topics in welfare, labor, and research methods at this year's National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics to be held August 17 to 20 in Providence, Rhode Island, including APPAM Secretary Matt Stagner.

 
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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.

 

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Evaluation Review: External Validity and Policy

Aug 08, 2014 01:00 PM

The growing emphasis on “evidence based policy” (EBP) is a challenge for the existing evidence base. Most evidence formally applies to a particular program, in a particular place, at a particular time. EBP uses that very specific impact evaluation evidence to inform choices about some other program, in some other place, at some other time.

 
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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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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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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 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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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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