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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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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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#2017APPAM Daily: Friday

Nov 04, 2017 04:08 AM

#2017APPAM Day Two Highlights

 
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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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October 2017 Institutional Representative Update

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

 
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October 2017 Student Member Update

#2017appam features more student PD programming than ever.

 
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October 2017 Professional Member Update

Evidence, Data and Policy Engagement at #2017APPAM.

 
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Interview with Nick Hart: New Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative

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

 
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JPAM Announces 2017 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award Winners

Oct 11, 2017 07:15 PM

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

 
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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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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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Student Member Spotlight: Menbere Shiferaw

Jun 15, 2017 01:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Menbere Shiferaw

 
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Member Spotlight: Nick Hart, Ph.D.

Jun 15, 2017 01:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Nick Hart, Ph.D.

 
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June 2017 Professional Member Update

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

 
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June 2017 Institutional Representative Update

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

 
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June 2017 Student Member Update

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

 
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APPAM Student Brown Bag Session: Cyber Security

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

 
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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 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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May 2017 Institutional Representative Update

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

 
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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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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 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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March 2017 Institutional Representative Update

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

 
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Member Spotlight: Matt Young

Mar 14, 2017 04:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Matt Young, Ph.D.

 
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Student Member Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez

Mar 14, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez

 
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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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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!

 

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.

 

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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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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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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October 2016 Member Update

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

 
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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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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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September 2016 Member Update

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

 
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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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2017 Policy Council and Leadership Elections

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

 
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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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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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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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Read APPAM's 2015 Annual Report

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

 
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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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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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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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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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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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JPAM Early View: Prevention, Use of Health Services, and Genes: Implications of Genetics for Policy Formation

Apr 30, 2015 08:18 PM

In this article authors George Wehby, Benjamin W. Domingue and Jason D. Boardman evaluate the hypothesis that genetic factors influence the use of health services and prevention behaviors in a national sample of adult twins in the United States.

 
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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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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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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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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.

 

Social Programs That Work

Jan 06, 2015 02:30 PM

APPAM's new President-Elect Ron Haskins pens an Op-Ed in last week's New York Times, discussing the importance of the evidence-based movement to make social programs better.

 

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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Best of Social Media for the Week

Dec 20, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Local and State Minimum Wage Laws

Dec 16, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Data and the Quest for Available Access

Dec 15, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Dec 13, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 

Short-Sighted Challenges to Evidence-Based Policy

Dec 11, 2014 03:30 PM

Something revolutionary is happening: Evidence-based policy is taking hold in Washington. As described in two new books – "Moneyball for Government" and "Show Me the Evidence" – the Obama administration has made a series of strategic moves to increase the use of evidence by federal agencies and state and local programs. In other words, these programs are being assessed to see if they actually work – not a common occurrence inside the Beltway.

 
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Outgoing President Angela Evans Looks Back at 2014

Dec 10, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Spotlight: Sacramento State

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

 
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Call for Proposals: Spring Conference 2015

Dec 08, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Dec 06, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 

Activists Wield Search Data to Challenge and Change Police Policy

Rather than relying on demonstrations to force change, a coalition of ministers, lawyers and community and political activists turned to numbers. They used an analysis of state data from 2002 to 2013 that showed that the Durham police searched black male motorists at more than twice the rate of white males during stops. Drugs and other illicit materials were found no more often on blacks.

 
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Student Update: Winter 2014

Dec 04, 2014 03:00 PM

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

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

Dec 03, 2014 02:30 PM

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

 
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The Hubert Project: Where Interactive Teaching Meets Interactive Technology

Dec 02, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 

Obamacare’s Complexity is Not Designed to Fool People

Nov 25, 2014 05:00 PM

Obamacare’s complexity is really driven by the complexity of our present health care system—and the preferences of the American people.

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

Nov 24, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Nov 21, 2014 07:00 PM

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

 

Chicago Harris Shines at APPAM Conference

Nov 21, 2014 03:30 PM

Chicago Harris had a strong presence at the Association of Public Policy and Management’s Annual Fall Research Conference, held November 6–8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 
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Introducing APPAM's New President-Elect Ron Haskins

Nov 18, 2014 07:00 PM

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

 

Former Metro Atlanta Chamber Exec Joins Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State

Nov 18, 2014 03:47 PM

Retired Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam A. Williams, a nationally recognized expert in urban competitiveness, has joined the faculty of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.​

 
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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.

 

Paternity Leave: The Rewards and the Remaining Stigma

Nov 12, 2014 03:00 PM

Women’s role in society and the economy has been transformed over the last half-century. Today, 70 percent of women with children at home are in the labor force, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But only recently have men’s roles begun to change in significant ways. APPAM President-Elect Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University, is quoted in this NYT article.

 
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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: Medicaid Policy, Scope of Practice Regulations, and Access to Care

Nov 12, 2014 02:00 PM

With the ACA increasing coverage of low-income people through Medicaid expansions, there has been much research on the effect of such an expansion on healthcare and health. The group of researchers presenting in this panel look at the impacts of Medicaid on various aspects of healthcare.

 
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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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Works in Progress: Poster Session Profiles

Posters at this year’s Fall Research Conference spanned a wide realm of policy topics with a varied range of descriptive and analytical methods. Some of the winning posters gave a short video presentation, which you can find on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday announcements.

 
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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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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.

 

Humphrey School welcomes inaugural Ph.D. cohort

Oct 29, 2014 04:00 PM

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota this fall welcomed seven highly accomplished students to its new Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Affairs program. Together these emerging scholars bring extensive experience and a passion for studying policy and planning related to many pressing societal concerns, including energy innovation and environmental practices; private sector philanthropy and social welfare; and transit development and social equity.

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

Oct 29, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Know Before You Go to the 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Oct 28, 2014 05:00 PM

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

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Oct 24, 2014 06:00 PM

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

 
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Help APPAM Select Conference Sessions to Record

Oct 23, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Good Education Policy is Good Health Policy

Oct 22, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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A Conversation with 2014 Kershaw Winner Donald Moynihan

Oct 21, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Oct 18, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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APPAM and ICPA-Forum Award 2014 Best Comparative Paper

Oct 17, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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APPAM Welcomes New JPAM Editorial Board Members

Oct 16, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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JPAM Awards 2014 Vernon Memorial Prize

Oct 15, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Spotlight: The Urban Institute

Oct 14, 2014 04:00 PM

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

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

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

 
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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."

 

10 States Where Income Inequality Has Soared

Oct 08, 2014 01:30 PM

Although average real income in the United States increased by more than a third between 1979 and 2007, not all workers benefited equally. In each of the 50 states, income growth among the top 1% of earners rapidly outpaced that of the bottom 99%, according to a recent study. APPAM member and Cornell professor Richard Burkhauser is quoted within.

 
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Brookings’ Isabel Sawhill to Receive 2014 APPAM Exemplar Award

Oct 07, 2014 02:00 PM

APPAM is pleased to announce that Isabel Sawhill, Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities Project at the Brookings Institution, is the recipient of this year’s APPAM Exemplar Award. The Exemplar Award recognizes the work of an individual who has made major contributions to public policy by valuing the knowledge resident in academia and using research and analysis to craft innovative solutions to policy problems.

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

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

 
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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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Humphrey School Announces New President Bill Clinton Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion

Sep 30, 2014 01:00 PM

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announced last week the creation of a special President Bill Clinton Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion, in honor of President Clinton’s June 9, 2014, visit to the University of Minnesota.

 
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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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Best of Social Media for the Week

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

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

Sep 18, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 

Four Ways to Fix the U.S. Retirement System

Sep 18, 2014 02:00 PM

Boomers have expressed a strong desire to remain engaged in the market economy. They still want to make a difference. They’re a creative force for change. (APPAM member Richard Burkhauser, Cornell University, is quoted within.)

 
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Why Students Are Important to APPAM

Sep 18, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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The Minimum Wage Debate: Takeaways

Sep 18, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Student Update: Fall 2014

Sep 17, 2014 05:00 PM

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

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

Sep 17, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Best of Social Media for the Week

Sep 12, 2014 06:00 PM

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

 
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Counterpoint: Minimum Wage Policy

Sep 10, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Two IUPUI Faculty to Be Published

Sep 09, 2014 02:30 PM

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

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

Sep 08, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 
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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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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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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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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.

 

What We Mean When We Say Student Debt Is Bad

Aug 12, 2014 03:00 PM

Once again, the headlines are filled with claims that student loans are bad. Several articles have highlighted results from a Gallup poll that shows that college graduates who borrow for college are less happy, healthy and wealthy than debt-free graduates. The Gallup report (which is cautious in its interpretation of the data) has been drawn into a rising chorus of news media reports on the negative consequences of borrowing.

 

Study on Parental Longevity Is Short on Causation

Aug 11, 2014 02:26 PM

In this New York Times post, APPAM Policy Council member Susan Dynarski looks at a recent paper comparing the life spans of people whose children did and did not go to college.

 
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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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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.

 

Single Stop USA's Community College Initiative

Jul 28, 2014 02:40 PM

Single Stop USA and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab are pleased to share the most recent study of sites involved in Single Stop’s New Profit Social Innovation Fund award. The report highlights what this project has achieved by bringing an innovative approach to the provision of student services as well as areas where implementation improvements can be made.

 
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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.

 

The Ultimate, Definitive Guide to the Budget Deficit

Jul 21, 2014 01:00 PM

The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday released its latest projections on the long-term budget deficit, provoking the usual warnings about impending fiscal crisis. But just how big a problem is the deficit right now? What should we really do to reduce it—and when? The New Republic asked Brookings senior fellow and APPAM past president Henry Aaron for the following guide to the federal budget deficit for its "QEDecide" series.

 
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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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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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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.

 

A Closer Look at Simplifying Financial Aid Applications

Jul 02, 2014 06:00 PM

APPAM's Susan Dynarski, along with Mark Wiederspan, discuss in the New York Times taking a closer look at simplifying the financial aid process.

 
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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.

 

Cutting the Poor Out of Welfare

Jun 18, 2014 02:51 PM

Over the past three decades, Congress has conducted a major experiment in anti-poverty policy. Legislators have restructured benefits and tax breaks intended for the poor so that they penalize unmarried, unemployed parents — the modern day version of the “undeserving poor.” At the same time, working parents, the aged and the disabled are getting larger benefits.

 
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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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Recent Trends in U.S. Income and Expenditure Poverty

Jun 12, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Student Update: Spring 2014

Jun 11, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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An APPAM Membership Update

Jun 10, 2014 04:00 PM

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

 
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Household Responses to Food Subsidies: Evidence from India

Jun 09, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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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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Making the Most of Your Internship

Jun 03, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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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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In Search of…Public Policy Internships

Jun 02, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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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.

 

OPRE: Secondary Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets

May 28, 2014 12:31 PM

The Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plan to solicit applications for Secondary Analysis of Strengthening Families Data grants. The cooperative agreements will fund research to conduct secondary data analysis of the Building Strong Families (BSF), Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM), and Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (CHMI) datasets.

 
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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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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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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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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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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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Deadline for Submissions to 2014 Fall Conference Extended to April 18

Apr 11, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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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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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.

 

U.S.–Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship

Mar 28, 2014 02:00 PM

The NIDA US-Mexico Drug Abuse Prevention Research Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for Mexican researchers to obtain postdoctoral training with a NIDA-supported U.S. mentor. Prevention Research Fellows benefit from an intensive research training experience designed to enhance the fellows’ ability to conduct independent research upon return to Mexico. Applicants and their U.S. mentor may propose to conduct their research in any area of drug abuse prevention research.

 

Is There a Better Model for Housing Vouchers?

Mar 27, 2014 01:00 PM

A Baltimore program that requires participants to use their government rental aid in low-poverty, mostly white suburbs sheds light on how government can implement housing vouchers more effectively. This also highlights an upcoming JPAM paper by Stefanie DeLuca and Jennifer Darrah.

 

What happens when the government tries to help poor people move to better neighborhoods?

Mar 27, 2014 12:00 PM

For about 40 years now, since the beginning of the end of the era of the high-rise public housing project, government programs have been experimenting with a different idea to alleviate poverty: If we can’t easily change poor neighborhoods, let poor people move out of them instead. Give them vouchers to rent homes on the private market, theoretically outside of the ghetto. This article heavily references an upcoming JPAM paper by members DeLuca and Darrah.

 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

 

Prof. Daniel L. Smith Named to Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council

Feb 28, 2014 07:44 PM

NYU Wagner Associate Professor and APPAM member Daniel L. Smith was appointed to serve on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC) this past January.

 
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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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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.

 

How Anti-Poverty Programs Marginalize Fathers

Feb 25, 2014 03:49 PM

Nearly 40 percent of unwed parents with low education levels share childrearing responsibilities with a co-residential boyfriend or girlfriend, according to a 2013 report from the United States Census Bureau. Oftentimes these couples share at least one biological child, but in 27 percent of relationships, either mom or dad is stepping in to raise children they didn’t conceive.

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

Feb 18, 2014 02:30 PM

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

 
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APPAM Welcomes Tristanne Staudt

Feb 13, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Meet Angela Evans, APPAM's President for 2014

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

 
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Registration for the 2014 Spring Conference Is Now Open

Feb 10, 2014 01:38 PM

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

 
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APPAM Debuts Online Paper Collection Resource

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

 

The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

Jan 27, 2014 04:33 PM

In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients. Some of the change is due to demographics, such as the trend toward having fewer children. But a slow economic recovery with high unemployment, stagnant wages and an increasing gulf between low-wage and high-skill jobs also plays a big role.

 
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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.

 

Applications Open for FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

Jan 08, 2014 03:00 PM

The application is now open for mid-career professionals to apply for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

 
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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.

 

New Funding for Ph.D. Students Announced at the University of Kansas

Jan 06, 2014 02:03 PM

The University of Kansas is pleased to announce two new competitive fellowships for Ph.D. students. Those selected for these fellowships will be granted generous research and teaching assistantships that cover all tuition and fees, as well as a competitive monthly stipend. Subject to adequate progress toward degree completion, these awards will be renewed for up to four years of study. Deadline is January 25.

 
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APPAM President Angela Evans Shares 2014 Plans

Dec 19, 2013 07:18 PM

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

 
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Voting Begins for 2014 Policy Council and Leadership Positions

Dec 16, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 
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Watch the 2013 APPAM Presidential Address

Dec 16, 2013 03:18 PM

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

 
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Innovator: Reducing fear of program evaluation

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

 
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Decker's Conference Address Inspires a New Policy Student

Dec 11, 2013 03:05 PM

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

 

Use caution in raising the minimum wage

Dec 11, 2013 02:53 PM

APPAM member Harry J. Holzer presents an op-ed in the Washington Post regarding proposals to raising the minimum wage.

 
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O*NET Project Seeks APPAM Member Assistance

Dec 05, 2013 02:19 PM

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

 
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Experiencing the Fall Research Conference for the First Time

My name is Senovia Guevara and I attended my first Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference in November. I attended the event as a student conference volunteer and got the chance to review and write summaries for sessions that I attended. Although I was only at the conference for a few days, I was grateful for the opportunity as I learned so much from those whose presentations I attended.

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

Dec 03, 2013 05:47 PM

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

 
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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Policies and Their Effects

Dec 03, 2013 02:59 PM

I attended the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Policies and Their Effects session on Thursday, November 7. Presenters included Richard Hendra, Melanie A. Skemer, and Elizabeth Laird.

 
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Emerging Directions in Policy Analysis: Theory, Methods, and Data

Dec 03, 2013 02:46 PM

Thomas D. Cook and moderator Maureen Pirog both spoke during the roundtable held on Thursday at the APPAM conference. Cook’s presented “Possible future for methodological research in the policy sciences: Building an externally warranted practice of the satisficing”. He discussed whether the current tools we use in policy analysis could be better and if they could be improved, what would that include.​

 
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Strategies for Preventing Teen Pregnancy

Nov 25, 2013 06:35 PM

From curriculum to contraception, the Strategies for Preventing Teen Pregnancy panel covered all bases in the discussion of teen pregnancy prevention. With the U.S. having the highest rate of teen pregnancy of any developed country, the federal government is funding evaluations for evidence- based teen pregnancy approaches.

 
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APPAM Thanks Everyone for a Successful 2013 Conference

Nov 25, 2013 05:56 PM

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

 
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Spotlight: University of Chicago

Nov 25, 2013 01:45 PM

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

 
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Mathematica: Highlights from APPAM's 2013 Fall Research Conference

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

 
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Breaking the Fall of the Middle Class: Assessing the Federal Budget Policy Approaches

Nov 19, 2013 08:00 PM

A roundtable session on Friday, November 8, "Breaking the Fall of the Middle Class: Assessing the Federal Budget Policy Approaches," featured presenters Robert Haveman, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Elizabeth Ford, Seattle University School of Law; Sally Clark, Seattle City Council; Gary Burtless, Brookings Institute; and Stephanie Cellini, George Washington University.

 
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Effects of Food Assistance on Food Security-Findings from Established and Pilot Programs

Nov 19, 2013 06:00 PM

On Saturday, November 9, saw the session Effects of Food Assistance on Food Security-Findings from Established and Pilot Programs continue with the Fragile, At-Risk Families and Youth track of the 2013 Fall Research Conference. Chaired by Jay Hirschman, USDA, the panel included Mark Nord, USDA; James Malbi, Mathematica Policy Research; Ann Collins, Abt Associates, Inc.; and Judi Bartfeld, University of Wisconsin–Madison.

 
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Lee Hamilton: Academic Information Important at the Policymaking Table

Nov 19, 2013 05:00 PM

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the luncheon session held with Lee Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton has extensive experience in Congress and was selected to share the valuable knowledge he had gained during his extensive career. As an experienced policymaker and negotiator, Mr. Hamilton provided valuable insight that helped attendees better understand the needs of policymakers and stressed the importance of the information that academics bring to the policymaking table.

 
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Early Childhood Interventions at Scale: Lessons for Current Policy Efforts

Nov 19, 2013 03:52 PM

Policymakers considering President Obama’s proposed Preschool for All Initiative will want to consult three papers presented at APPAM 2013, which shed light on the short- and long-term impacts of early childhood education. The papers indicate that while public and private preschool programs can support children’s development prior to entering kindergarten, these gains do not necessarily persist.

 
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Introducing APPAM's 2014 Executive Leadership Team

Nov 19, 2013 02:31 PM

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

 
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APPAM Members Select New Logo

Nov 19, 2013 02:08 PM

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

 
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Policy Meets Management: The Case of Extending Foster Care

The roundtable discussion “Policy Meets Management: The Case of Extending Foster Care”, moderated by Matthew Stagner from Mathematica Policy Research, included contributions from Catherine Heath, Mark Courtney and Debra Zanders-Willis.

 
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Challenges Faced by Research Associations in Moving Research into the Policymaking Community

Steve Rathgeb Smith, American Political Science Association, presented Rethinking the Research Policy Nexus. Rathgeb emphasized the need to move from mere publications to public action, a scenario whereby research-based evidences partners with the community and policy makers. This will ensure that scholarly findings are translated into and used in a way that will benefit stakeholders and members of the community.

 
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Understanding the Effects of Social Policy on Poverty

Nov 15, 2013 06:30 PM

The Official Poverty Measure (OPM), criticized practically since its inception in the 1960s by researchers and policymakers alike, continues to be a topic of important discussion. The OPM determines poverty status by comparing pre-tax cash income by three times a minimum food diet, set in 1963, adjusted by family size and updated annually for inflation.

 
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Students Enjoy the APPAM PDW

Nov 15, 2013 04:00 PM

The Professional Development Workshop (PDW) took place prior to APPAM’s 2013 Fall Research Conference. A couple of APPAM student members share their thoughts about the discussions, events, and theme of this year's pre-conference workshop.

 
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Housing and Well-Being Across the Life Span

Nov 15, 2013 03:20 PM

Irwin Garfinkel, Columbia University, chaired the Friday session entitled Housing and Well Being Across the Life Span. The panel consisted of three presenters who presented a mixture of research designs to assess the effects housing may have throughout a person’s life span and how policy should be informed by these findings.

 
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Does 1+1 = 3? What Research Tells Us About the Potential of Two-Generation Approaches

Nov 15, 2013 02:52 PM

“Are parents increasing their education levels and employment when their children are randomly assigned to Head Start? Yes,” said P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale of Northwestern University, one of four presenters on a panel of researchers who shared their findings on two-generation approaches to improving children’s well-being and their parents’ economic prospects.

 
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CFED: Financial Products for Immigrants & Communities of Color

Nov 15, 2013 02:29 PM

Last week, APPAM hosted its annual Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC. For the past four years, APPAM has included a number of panels, roundtables and other sessions that highlight new asset-based research, all of which have played a role in informing the work of the asset-building field. Organized and promoted by the Building Wealth over a Lifetime Working Group, this year’s APPAM conference included fourteen such sessions.

 
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A Look at the APPAM PDW

Nov 14, 2013 08:37 PM

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

 
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Spillover Effects on Crime

The Broken Windows Theory, Arizona Legal Workers Act, and the Secure Communities Program were the hot topics at the session Spillover Effects on Crime on Friday, November 8. Clemencia Cosentino, Mathematica Policy Research, chaired the session and John MacDonald, University of Pennsylvania, provided integrative commentary.

 
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The Well-Being of Latinos in Traditional and New Destinations

Nov 14, 2013 02:00 PM

This Thursday session was chaired by Danya E. Keene, University of Pennsylvania, and included presentations by Abigail Fisher Williamson, Trinity College; Van C. Tran, Columbia University; and Brendan Saloner, University of Pennsylvania.

 
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Could Data Tsunami Usher in APPAM’s Moment?

Nov 13, 2013 08:12 PM

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

 
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Research on Community Colleges: Readiness, Quality, and Completion

Nov 13, 2013 07:22 PM

The Urban Institutes’ Lauren Eyster chaired the Friday morning panel on community colleges. Four presenters addressed a number of topics focusing on readiness, quality, and completion.

 
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Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Young Children

Nov 13, 2013 03:00 PM

On Friday, November 8, Deborah Reed, Mathematica Policy Research, chaired the panel Meeting the Need of Vulnerable Young Children. The panel consisted of Heather Dahien, State Health Access Data Assistance Center; Christina Weiland, University of Michigan; Anna Johnson and Deborah Phillips, Georgetown University; and Dylan Conger, George Washington University.

 
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A Student Looks at the Bright Futures Breakfast

Nov 13, 2013 02:02 PM

On Friday, November 8, during the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management conference held in Washington, DC, I had the opportunity to connect with other students and recent graduates at the Bright Futures networking breakfast held at the Westin Hotel.

 
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Military Service and Human Capital: Policy Lessons from the Global War on Terrorism

Nov 11, 2013 02:40 PM

On Friday, November 8, several presenters discussed that deployment overseas either for combat operations or non-war related is now a way of life for military families. This, however, comes with serious negative effects on spouses left at home and the whole family as well as on the deployed parent. Specific impacts of these deployments upon military families range from emotional, social, domestic violence and even on their children’s education.

 
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The War on Poverty: After 50 Years

Nov 10, 2013 03:45 PM

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

 
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Educational Inequality in the Wake of No Child Left Behind

Nov 09, 2013 09:07 PM

The Spencer Lecture on Thursday morning featured Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, who provided valuable insight and suggested potential pathways to awaken the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program. Reauthorized by Congress, the NCLB aims to raising and closing the achievement gaps in elementary and secondary schools so that no child is left behind.

 
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Short Bits: Hot Friday Sessions

Nov 09, 2013 07:38 PM

A quick look at three hot-topic sessions from Friday, November 8: "Does 1+1 = 3? What Research Tells Us About the Potential of Two-Generation Approaches;" "Early Childhood Interventions at Scale: Lessons for Current Policy Efforts;" and "Could Data 'Tsunami' Usher in APPAM’s Moment?"

 
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Exploring the Impact of School Breakfast Policy

Nov 09, 2013 05:58 PM

Chaired by Rogan Kersh, Wake Forest University, this session at the 2013 Fall Research Conference explored various studies regarding school breakfast in class programs and their effects on student learning.​

 
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Membership to Vote on New APPAM Logo

Nov 07, 2013 01:00 PM

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

 
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Vermont Fiscal Director Stephen Klein Wins Steven D. Gold Award

Nov 01, 2013 02:00 PM

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

 
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A Young Policy Professional’s Thoughts on Publishing

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

 
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Know Before You Go to the 2013 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Oct 25, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 
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Two Important Considerations When Choosing Your Ph.D. Direction

Oct 18, 2013 02:00 PM

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

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

Oct 09, 2013 06:57 PM

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

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

Oct 02, 2013 01:00 PM

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

 

Introducing the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings

Sep 30, 2013 07:00 PM

Governance Studies at Brookings is pleased to announce the establishment of a new research entity, the Center for Effective Public Management (CEPM), which will focus on identifying and solving political and governance challenges in 21st century America. Former Vice President Al Gore delivered a keynote address about his views on government reinvention and tackling American governance challenges; Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck provided an overview of the new center’s vision, research, and goals.

 
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Finding Balance

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

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Lucie Schmidt

Sep 25, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 

Kioko, Hildreth Win Jesse Burkhead Prize

APPAM members Dr. Sharon Kioko and Dr. Bartley Hildreth, along with Indiana University's Dr. Craig Johnson, have been awarded the Jesse Burkhead prize for best article in 2012 in the journal Public Budgeting and Finance.

 

Georgetown Receives $100M to Create New Public Policy School

Sep 18, 2013 06:22 PM

The McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP), funded through a gift from Frank H. McCourt Jr. (C’75), will be the ninth current school at Georgetown and the first new school at the university since 1957. It will focus on the use of evolving technology to help solve some of the most urgent and complex public policy challenges in the 21st century.

 
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Mathematica Study Examines Teacher Effectiveness in High-Needs Secondary Schools

Sep 16, 2013 04:00 PM

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

 
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From the Chairman of the Committee of Institutional Representatives

Sep 13, 2013 04:52 PM

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

 

Forget whether “opting-out” is good or bad for parents. How does it impact kids?

APPAM Policy Council member Jane Waldfogel contributed to an article that expands on a recent NYT Magazine cover story about mothers who opted to walk away from successful professional careers to stay at home with their kids.

 

How New York City Became Safe Again

Aug 23, 2013 03:14 PM

While exploring New York City's terrifying past, we started to wonder how the city became safe again. New York's murder rate peaked in 1990. By the end of the 90s, violent crime in the city had dropped 56%.

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Mark Long

Aug 22, 2013 02:00 PM

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

 
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IMPAQ International to Conduct Study Profiling Women Veterans’ Economic and Employment Characteristics

Aug 08, 2013 01:04 PM

MPAQ International, LLC has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to develop a descriptive statistical profile of women veterans and their economic and employment characteristics. The Columbia-based, woman-owned firm will also inventory programs that explicitly or implicitly target women veterans in DOL and across other Federal agencies. The goal is to determine the extent of existing employment services available for this group.

 
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Accurate Counting of Homeless Youth Necessary to Provide Successful Assistance

Aug 02, 2013 05:22 PM

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

 

New Rutgers Regional Report examines nation’s employment and output recovery

Jul 31, 2013 01:08 PM

A new Rutgers Regional Report, “Employment Recession and Recovery in the 50 States: A Further Update,” authored by Joseph J. Seneca, university professor and economist at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Will Irving, research associate at the Bloustein School, provides an update on the private-sector employment and output recovery across the 50 states.

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Laura Peck and Jodi Sandfort

Jul 24, 2013 01:00 PM

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

 
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Conference Update by President-elect Angela Evans

Jul 22, 2013 02:00 PM

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

 
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A Respectful Request From APPAM President-elect Angela Evans

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

 
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Call for 2013 APPAM Policy Council and Officer Nominations

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

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

Jun 27, 2013 07:26 PM

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

 
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APPAM Membership Votes In Changes to Policy Council

Jun 27, 2013 06:00 PM

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

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

Jun 24, 2013 02:30 PM

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

 

Dr. Laura Bloomberg Appointed as Associate Dean at Minnesota

Jun 07, 2013 01:31 PM

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota has appointed Dr. Laura Bloomberg as associate dean, with responsibilities for advancing the school's mission related to high quality teaching and learning, public policy research, and community engaged scholarship.

 

Humphrey School Partners With Universities in Hong Kong and Around U.S. to Develop and Share Innovative Learning Materials

Jun 06, 2013 02:23 PM

The Hubert Project allows public affairs instructors to develop and share a wide range of materials—from short videos to media-enhanced eCases. It’s in part an answer to growing demands from today’s technically savvy students: instead of reading a printed articles and case studies, students can watch video interviews with key stakeholders, view photos, and browse relevant documents.

 
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APPAM to Present Three Awards During 2013 Fall Research Conference

Jun 06, 2013 02:00 PM

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

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

Jun 04, 2013 01:04 PM

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

 
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Brookings and APPAM Host a Discussion of the Obama Preschool Initiative

May 30, 2013 06:12 PM

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

 

MDRC Presents Capitol Hill Forum on College Match Matters

May 29, 2013 01:03 PM

On June 14, 12:00-1:30 pm, the American Youth Policy Forum and MDRC are cosponsoring a Capitol Hill forum, “College Match Matters,” which will provide an overview of the research conducted by MDRC on the promising College Match Program in Chicago Public Schools, as well as a panel discussion on the implications for policy, specifically considering opportunities for sustainability and scaling up.

 

Rethinking the Economic and Racial Composition of Community Colleges

May 28, 2013 01:15 PM

A recently released paper by member Sara Goldrick-Rab, "School Integration and the Open Door Philosophy: Rethinking the Economic and Racial Composition of Community Colleges," documents the extent of segregation at community colleges. Goldrick-Rab, an associate professor of education policy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the study’s co-author, shows that community colleges reflect the area they serve.

 
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Spotlight: The University of Texas at Austin

May 24, 2013 02:55 PM

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

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

May 24, 2013 01:00 PM

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

 

Mathematica’s Experts Present at Welfare Research & Evaluation Conference 2013

May 23, 2013 01:00 PM

Mathematica Policy Research's family support experts will present findings and moderate discussions on diverse topics at the 16th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference in Washington, D.C., from May 29 to 31. The conference is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.​

 
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Brookings and APPAM to Present Forum on the Obama Preschool Initiative

May 20, 2013 08:30 PM

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

 

IMPAQ International to Conduct Comprehensive Data Analysis of All Howard County Public Schools’ Data Systems

May 20, 2013 01:42 PM

IMPAQ International, LLC, a premier research, evaluation and technical assistance firm based in Columbia, Maryland, announced that it has been selected by the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to perform a comprehensive analysis of all HCPSS data systems.

 
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The APPAM 2013 International Conference Program Now Available

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

 
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Policy, Research, and Tweeting

May 15, 2013 01:00 PM

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

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

May 10, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 
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Great Expectations: Moving Towards the Fall Conference

Apr 23, 2013 12:30 PM

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

 

IMPAQ President Cary Sennett Joins Accountable Care Workgroup Supporting Federal Advisory Committee on Health IT Policy

Apr 19, 2013 02:19 PM

MPAQ International announced today that IMPAQ’s President and nationally recognized expert in quality and quality measurement, Dr. Cary Sennett, has joined the newly formed Accountable Care Workgroup (ACWG) of the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC).

 
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Fall Conference Progress Update

Apr 17, 2013 02:30 PM

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

 
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Deadline for the 2013 Fall Research Conference Submissions Extended

Apr 05, 2013 12:08 PM

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

 

MDRC Announces Doctoral Fellowship Program for Summer 2013

Mar 15, 2013 04:15 PM

In the summer of 2013, MDRC will offer up to two doctoral fellowships to Ph.D. candidates who are pursuing independent, self-directed research on economic and social problems affecting low-income Americans.​

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

Mar 15, 2013 02:00 PM

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

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

Mar 14, 2013 01:00 PM

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

 

Taubman Center Students Win Policy Competition

Mar 12, 2013 01:18 PM

Five Brown University Taubman Center for Public Policy & American Institutions master’s students won the mid-Atlantic regionals of Policy Solutions Challenge USA, a competition that encourages public policy students to develop innovative solutions to U.S. policy problems. The topic for this year’s competition was combatting childhood obesity. The Taubman team will compete in the finals in Washington, D.C. on March 22 and 23, facing off against teams from seven other policy schools.

 
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Registration Now Open for APPAM's Spring, International Conferences

Feb 25, 2013 02:00 PM

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

 

Prof. Jens Ludwig Interviewed in Time Regarding Urban Crime

TIME talked to University of Chicago Crime Lab director and APPAM Policy Council Vice-President Jens Ludwig about urban crime, federal gun legislation, and what can be done to end Chicago’s senseless string of gun deaths.

 
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From the Executive Director (Jan/Feb 2013)

Feb 13, 2013 03:27 PM

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

 
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Systematic Reviews as a Tool in Evidence-Based Decision Making

Feb 07, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 

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

Feb 07, 2013 04:11 PM

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

 

Mathematica Launches New Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation

Feb 07, 2013 01:41 PM

More than a billion people around the world live in extreme poverty. Against a backdrop of decades of international aid and programs, evidence-based research to assess programs and measure results provides a promising approach to improve the lives of the most vulnerable populations in developing countries. The need for rigorous research in the international arena is great. To help meet that need, Mathematica has created the Center for International Policy Research and Evaluation (CIPRE).

 
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Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials

Feb 04, 2013 07:05 PM

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

 

Jacobs Paper Questions College as a Country Club

Jan 31, 2013 01:31 PM

University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Professor Bryan A. Jacob's paper "College as Country Club: Do Colleges Cater to Students' Preferences for Consumption?" affirms the role of demand-side market pressure in encouraging college investment in consumption amenities. Jacobs, an APPAM member, co-authored the paper with colleagues Brian P. McCall, and Kevin M. Stange. The paper is receiving attention from publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

APPAM Member Ashlyn Nelson Named a Top Contributor in Education Discourse

Jan 30, 2013 02:53 PM

Education Week recently named Ashlyn Nelson, Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, to the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings. This is a list of top contributors to the public debate about education.

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

Jan 29, 2013 03:11 PM

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

 

In North Carolina, school resegregation by charter?

Jan 29, 2013 02:30 PM

North Carolina could soon see a dramatic increase in the number of charter schools, with as many as 150 of the public-private hybrids opening across the state next year. But new research from APPAM members Helen Ladd and Jacob Vigdor, along with colleague Charles Clodfelter, suggests the charter school boom will result in greater racial imbalance in the state's public education system -- and that can have negative educational consequences for students.

 

Diversity Study Finds Economic Disparities Rising in NC Schools

Jan 23, 2013 03:15 PM

The racial balance in North Carolina’s public schools has remained steady since 2005-06, ending a trend of growing disparity from the previous decade, but students are increasingly separated by income. These are among the findings of a comprehensive report from three Duke University public policy professors who studied whether schools in each of the state’s 100 counties mirror the racial and economic composition of that county as a whole.

 

Taubman Director Publishes Paper on Racial Politics in Providence

Jan 23, 2013 01:56 PM

Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy, co-authored a paper in the January 2013 issue of Urban Affairs Review about racial politics and the election of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. “Anxieties of an Ethnic Transition” examines how Providence voters assessed the future of the city in the midst of an economic downturn following the election of the first Latino mayor.

 
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APPAM Welcomes New Policy Council Cohort for 2013

Jan 18, 2013 03:30 PM

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

 

Jennifer Murtazashvili Authors Major Research Report on Democracy and Governance in Afghanistan

Jan 09, 2013 02:47 PM

Democracy International (DI), an organization devoted to promoting democracy and governance abroad, released a report that is the result of major research efforts in Afghanistan authored and designed by University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor Jennifer Murtazashvili.

 

Students Publish Study of Philadelphia Homes Repaired By Grants

Jan 09, 2013 02:38 PM

Students at the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government published the results of a study of Philadelphia homes in Southwest Center City repaired by grants provided through the Basic Systems Repair Program (BSRP).

 
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Sanford Professors Express New Year's Wishes

Jan 04, 2013 02:18 PM

The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University asked a few of its professors "What domestic public policy change would you like to see in the new year?" See what they had to say.

 
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Deadline for Submissions Extended to January 15, 2013

Dec 28, 2012 10:37 AM

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

 

Susan Dynarski's Study Cited in Atlantic Monthly

Dec 20, 2012 01:45 PM

Atlantic Magazine external link cites a 2011 study co-authored by Susan M. Dynarski on the widening gaps between low- and high-income students in college entry and graduation rates. The article examines why a college education, once understood to be the "great equalizer" allowing low-income students to catch up economically with their more affluent counterparts, no longer reliably offers such gains.

 

UMass-Amherst Seeking Policy Proposals for Spring 2013

Dec 20, 2012 01:35 PM

The Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is currently seeking project proposals for its Spring 2013 graduate course Policy Analysis. Organizations and agencies are encouraged to submit a proposal, as they often have ideas for research or projects that they are unable to carry out. Sponsoring a student project through the Policy Analysis course can provide an organization with the opportunity to meet additional needs.

 
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Meet the 2013 Officers of the APPAM Policy Council

Dec 13, 2012 02:45 PM

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

 
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Watch Sandra Archibald's President's Address Online

Nov 28, 2012 06:04 PM

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

 

Esther Duflo Named as a Top 100 Global Thinker

Nov 28, 2012 02:10 PM

APPAM member and 2011 Kershaw Award winner Esther Duflo, MIT, was named in Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers" list for 2012.

 
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APPAM Celebrates New Leadership, Awards at 2012 Fall Research Conference

Nov 26, 2012 04:03 PM

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

 

Decisive Win for Big Data, “Moneyball” Election Predictions

Nov 20, 2012 01:45 PM

Dean Paul Teske, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, recently wrote a guest piece in the Denver Post's Idea Log. In it, he states that "Big Data" and the ability to interpret them were big winners in this year's Presidential election. "To the dismay of many pundits, the predictions based upon aggregating state polls were overwhelming accurate about election results," he stated.​

 
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Professor Angela Evans Selected as Next President-elect

Nov 19, 2012 03:31 PM

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

 

Session Summary: How Health Literacy Became a National Policy Issue

Nov 15, 2012 01:53 PM

In this roundtable discussion, several topics were covered related to health literacy.

 

Session Summary: New Direction in Early Childhood Education Research

Nov 15, 2012 01:43 PM

This session examined new avenues of research and findings that addressed associative effects of early child care education.

 

Session Summary: Peter H. Rossi Award Lecture

Nov 13, 2012 02:31 PM

The Peter H. Rossi Award winner Thomas D. Cook discussed the Interrupted Time Series (ITS) method, which has seen a resurgence in use in large part to Cook’s work. ITS often uses administrative data and in its simplest form compares the differences in means or slopes between pre-intervention time series data and post-intervention time series data.

 

Session Summary: Family, School & Neighborhood Predictors of Child Obesity

Nov 13, 2012 02:01 PM

Four different reports examined various factors regarding childhood obesity, including dietary behavior, physical education, food pricing, and child care subsidies.

 

Session Summary: Melding Hiring Incentives and Work Sharing

Nov 13, 2012 01:53 PM

A fruitful debate about the positive attributes of the policy of work sharing and its potential to distort labor markets.

 

Saturday's Poster Winners

Nov 10, 2012 07:38 PM

Poster presentation awards for Saturday, the last day of the Fall Research Conference, including members from University of Kentucky, City University of New York, and George Washington University.

 

Session Summary: Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy

Miron Straf of the National Academies of Science moderated a deep discussion centered on his book Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy, published by the National Research Council.

 

Session Summary: Childhood Hunger in the U.S.

Nov 10, 2012 06:12 PM

This session attempted to identify various policy opportunities with regards to food hardships and hunger among children in lower-income families.

 

Session Summary: Diet, Exercise and Obesity

Nov 10, 2012 06:02 PM

Four main studies were the focus of this panel on diet, exercise, and obesity as it specifically related to children and families.

 

Session Summary: Kindergarten as a Policy Lever in Educational Reform

Nov 10, 2012 05:51 PM

This session provided an overview of varying studies done on kindergarten programs and the children enrolled in them.

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

Nov 10, 2012 04:39 PM

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

 

Session Summary: Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials

Nov 10, 2012 04:24 PM

The session focused on the lessons learned from low-cost evaluations and the costs and benefits of investing in evaluation with reduced access to public resources.

 

Session Summary: Budgeting During Recessions

Nov 10, 2012 03:05 PM

A better understanding of how budgets are affected during recessions and suggesting innovative solutions to possibly reduce the negative effects associated with it.

 

Session Summary: The Recovery Act - Network Governance Under Pressure

Nov 10, 2012 02:44 PM

This roundtable focused on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and brought together several policy analysts to report on lessons learned. The lessons that were shared focused on two key areas: designing networks and network entrepreneurship.

 

Session Summary: Can We Learn What Works Best In Health Care?

Nov 10, 2012 02:31 PM

Panelists focused on the usefulness of comparative effectiveness research (CER) in controlling health care costs and making health care more effective, as well as who should pay for this research, how the funding structure for the research changed, and how it should be directed to take advantage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

 

Session Summary: Linking College and Labor Markets Datasets for Research on the Returns to College

Nov 10, 2012 02:12 PM

Presenter Clive Belfield, of Queens College, presented his work done with CAPSEE, acquiring linked data on educational attainment and employment. The project was motivated by the growing expense for college, the markedly higher risk investment of students to attend, and the impact of the Great Recession. The goal of the database is to start with a person’s college information and to link across, forward, and back on high school information, pre-college work, and additional education.

 

Session Summary: The Effect of School Curriculum Reforms on Student Achievement and Attainment

Nov 10, 2012 01:52 PM

The discussion revolved around an analysis of programs across the country that focus on lengthening or adding extra courses to a student’s school day. Though intuitively more instruction leads to more learning, it is not clear that more is always better due to the opportunity cost the students face and increased burnout rates of both students and teachers.

 
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Fall Research Conference - Day Two Summary

Nov 10, 2012 01:24 PM

We're through two days of the 2012 Fall Research Conference; here's a quick look at what went on in the social media world yesterday.

 

Session Summary: "Health and Geography"

Nov 09, 2012 08:10 PM

This session, chaired by Thomas DeLeire, University of Wisconson-Madison, covered how low-income Latino and African-American youth can be strongly affected by elements present in their neighborhoods, and how point-in-time uninsured rates varied by state.

 

Friday's Poster Winners

Nov 09, 2012 07:36 PM

Friday's poster winners, including members from Harvard, MDRC, Abt Associates, University of Chicago, and New York University.

 
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Fall Research Conference - Day One Summary

Nov 09, 2012 03:09 PM

The first day of the 2012 Fall Research Conference has come and gone. Check out some of the social media highlights from Baltimore and around the web!

 

Thursday's Poster Winners

Nov 08, 2012 08:46 PM

Three poster presentations won on the first day of the conference; two were from individuals from the U.S. Census Bureau.

 
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Dr. Jens Ludwig Elected to IOM

Nov 05, 2012 05:00 PM

Dr. Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, was elected to the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM) in mid-October. Dr. Ludwig is one of the nation's leading researchers, applying scientific tools to the study of social issues such as crime, poverty, and health.

 
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Foundation Staff Participating in Four Sessions at 2012 Fall Research Conference

Nov 02, 2012 12:56 PM

Several APPAM members on the staff of the William T. Grant Foundation will be participating in four different sessions at this year's Fall Research Conference.

 
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Drs. Gill and Duncan Author Op-Ed on Evaluation of Teachers in Pittsburgh

Oct 22, 2012 02:32 PM

Drs. Brian Gill and Duncan D. Chaplin, both from Mathematica Policy Research, authored a recent article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's website. "Evaluating teachers 2.0" looks at how Pittsburgh is helping to develop smarter, fairer ways to assess teacher performance. School districts like Pittsburgh's are working to replace moribund, mechanical, infrequent classroom observations with rigorous new measures of professional practice.

 
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Dr. Miron Straf Releases New Book on Using Science in Public Policy

Oct 17, 2012 03:02 PM

Dr. Miron Straf, Deputy Director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education at the National Academy of Sciences, has released a new book entitled "Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy." The book investigates why scientific evidence is important to policy making and argues that an extensive body of research on knowledge utilization has not led to any widely accepted explanation of what it means to use science in public policy.

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

Oct 05, 2012 04:30 PM

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

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

Oct 02, 2012 07:07 PM

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

 
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Mathematica's Marsha Gold to Testify Before Congress on the Medicare Advantage Program

Sep 21, 2012 01:00 PM

Marsha Gold, senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, will testify before the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, to provide policymakers with an update on the current status of the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. The hearing, "Medicare Health Plans," takes place on Friday, September 21, 2012.

 
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John MacDonald Selected as 2012 David N. Kershaw Award Recipient

Sep 10, 2012 05:41 PM

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

 

Lessons from the Recovery Act Report Published in PA Times

Sep 05, 2012 07:10 PM

Recently, a team of researchers across three universities recently released “Key Actions That Contribute to Successful Program Implementation: Lessons from the Recovery Act” through the IBM Center on the Business of Government on the action steps federal executives took across nine different case studies. Their report was the lead article in the July/August/September 2012 issue of the PA Times, outlining nine action steps for implementing the Recovery Act.

 
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Paul Decker Discusses the Future of APPAM

Aug 30, 2012 02:19 PM

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

 
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APPAM Wants to Hear From You!

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

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

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

 
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Spotlight: George Mason University

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

 
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Spotlight: IMPAQ

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

 
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Spotlight: Mathematica Policy Research

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

 
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Spotlight: University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Jan 01, 2011 07:00 PM

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

 
 
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