Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Evidence-Based Policymaking at #2017APPAM

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

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

Dec 05, 2017 06:43 PM

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

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

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

 
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#2017APPAM Daily: Saturday

Nov 04, 2017 09:10 PM

#2017APPAM Day Three Highlights

 
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2017 APPAM Presidential Address

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

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

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

 
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2017 Pre-Conference Workshop

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

 
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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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International Conference Coverage: Friday Plenary

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

 
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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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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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DC Regional Student Conference Session: Presentation Skills Workshop

Coverage from the 2017 DC Regional Student Conference

 
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DC Regional Student Conference Session: Friday Policy Career Paths Workshop

Coverage from the 2017 DC Regional Student Conference

 
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Student Member Spotlight: Kirk Heffelmire

Apr 13, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Kirk Heffelmire

 
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DC Regional Student Conference Session: Industry Decline & Income Insecurity

Student coverage from the 2017 DC Regional Student Conference

 
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CA Regional Student Conference Session: Lunch & Keynote Address

Student coverage from the 2017 CA Regional Student Conference

 
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CA Regional Student Conference Session: Monday Policy Career Paths Workshop

Coverage from the 2017 CA Regional Student Conference

 
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Student Member Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez

Mar 14, 2017 04:00 PM

Student Member Spotlight: Luis Rodriguez

 
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Member Spotlight: Matt Young

Mar 14, 2017 04:00 PM

Member Spotlight: Matt Young, Ph.D.

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

APPAM 2017 Member Referral Program

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

 
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Institutional Member Spotlight: Brown University

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

 

APPAM Announces Open Submission Period for 2017 Regional Student Conferences

Dec 19, 2016 03:15 PM

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

 
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Coverage of the APPAM/MDRC Institutional Forum

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

 
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APPAM 2017 Regional Student Conferences - DC and California

2017 APPAM Regional Student Conferences

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

 
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#2016APPAM Coverage

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference

 
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Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Rossi Award Breakfast

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Peter Rossi Award Breakfast

 
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Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Presidential Address

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Presidential Address

 

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

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

 

Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Lunch

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Lunch

 

Student Coverage: 2016 APPAM David N. Kershaw Award Lecture

Coverage of the 2016 APPAM David N. Kershaw Award Lecture

 

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

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

 
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The Wonk Podcast: Intro & Episode 1

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

 
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JPAM 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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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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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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JPAM Call for Papers: Evaluation of the Affordable Care Act

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

 
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Institutional Member Spotlight: Claremont Graduate University

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

 
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Summer 2016 Student Update

Summer 2016 Student Update is now available!

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

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

 
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#APPAM16INTL Student Summary: "Educational Inequalities" Plenary

Summary of Tuesday June 14 Plenary: "Educational Inequallities"

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

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

 
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#APPAM16INTL Student Summary: "Living with Insecurity" Plenary

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

 
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Get Involved with the Student Advisory Committee, by David Morar

Apr 14, 2015 05:43 PM

Meet the members of APPAM's Student Advisory Committee!

 
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Member Spotlight: Michael Siciliano

Apr 14, 2015 04:43 PM

Member Spotlight: Michael Siciliano

 
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Advances in Policy and Politics Conference 2015

Apr 06, 2015 06:08 PM

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

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

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

 
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A Grad Student Experiences First Fall Conference

Dec 22, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Reimagining the Educational Path to the Workforce

Dec 17, 2014 05:00 PM

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

 
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Local and State Minimum Wage Laws

Dec 16, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Data and the Quest for Available Access

Dec 15, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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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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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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The Hubert Project: Where Interactive Teaching Meets Interactive Technology

Dec 02, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 
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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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Introducing APPAM's New President-Elect Ron Haskins

Nov 18, 2014 07:00 PM

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

 
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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! ​

 
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Session Recap: Safety Net Policies and Family Income Dynamics

Nov 13, 2014 04:00 PM

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

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

Nov 13, 2014 03:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Improving the Link Between Analytical Methods and Policy

Nov 13, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap: Goal-Setting and Motivation in Public Organizations

Nov 12, 2014 06:00 PM

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

 
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Session Recap:The Relationship Between Leaders and Employees in Governance

Nov 12, 2014 03:00 PM

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

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

Nov 07, 2014 02:00 PM

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

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

Nov 07, 2014 01:30 PM

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

 
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Symposia Recap: Politics and Policy Making

Nov 07, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage

Nov 04, 2014 03:00 PM

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

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

Oct 31, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Read APPAM's Inaugural Annual Report for 2014

Oct 30, 2014 06:00 PM

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

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

Sep 18, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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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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Spotlight: Syracuse University

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

 
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Can Income Tax Reform Spur Economic Growth?

Sep 15, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Counterpoint: Minimum Wage Policy

Sep 10, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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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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Find Success as a Graduate Student

Sep 02, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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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.​

 
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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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Spotlight: AcademyHealth

Jul 21, 2014 04:00 PM

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

 
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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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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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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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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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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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Why Policy Schools Really Matter

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

 
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How Twitter Can Enhance Your Research

Jun 03, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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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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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.

 
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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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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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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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Point/Counterpoint: Legalization of Marijuana

May 01, 2014 01:34 PM

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

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

Apr 29, 2014 01:00 PM

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

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

Apr 24, 2014 03:00 PM

Authors Steven W. Hemelt and Dave E. Marcotte look at a key form of student-level accountability in the requirement for students to pass high school exit exams (HSEEs) in order to receive a diploma. Their paper, "High School Exit Exams and Dropout in an Era of Increased Accountability," published in the Spring 2013 issue of JPAM, examine the impact of HSEEs on dropout during a period when these exams became more common and rigorous.

 
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Fighting for Reliable Evidence

Apr 22, 2014 02:00 PM

Random assignment experimentation, once used primarily in medical clinical trials, is now an accepted method among social scientists across a broad range of disciplines. The technique is used to evaluate a variety of programs from microfinance and welfare reform to housing vouchers and teaching methods. So how did randomized experiments move beyond the realm of medicine and into the social sciences? Can these methods be used effectively to evaluate complex social problems and programs?

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

Apr 21, 2014 03:00 PM

On Thursday, April 24, APPAM and Abt Associates is hosting a day-long Institutional Member Forum at the University Club in downtown Washington, DC. "Social Experiments in Practice: The Why, When, Where, and How of Experimental Design and Analysis" will explore how recent methodological advances can address real-world realities in the United States and abroad.

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

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

 
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A Student's Look at the 2014 Spring Conference

Apr 17, 2014 01:01 PM

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

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

Apr 14, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Has the Shift to Managed Care Reduced Medicaid Expenditures?

Apr 10, 2014 04:00 PM

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

 
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What Drives Your Research?

Apr 10, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

Apr 09, 2014 03:00 PM

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

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

Apr 02, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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Writing Research: Clarify Your Abstract

Apr 01, 2014 01:00 PM

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

 
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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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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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Meet Sarah Cordes: APPAM Policy Council Student Representative

Mar 11, 2014 02:00 PM

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

 
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The Emergence of Civic Engagement Networks: Microprocesses and Macro Outcomes

Mar 10, 2014 06:00 PM

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

 
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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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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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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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APPAM Debuts Online Paper Collection Resource

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

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

Jan 28, 2014 04:00 PM

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

 
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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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Decker's Conference Address Inspires a New Policy Student

Dec 11, 2013 03:05 PM

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

 
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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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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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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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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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Angela Evans Welcomes Attendees to the 2013 Fall Research Conference

Nov 05, 2013 02:50 PM

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

 
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Why Should You Attend the 2013 Fall Research Conference?

Oct 31, 2013 02:00 PM

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

 
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A Young Policy Professional’s Thoughts on Publishing

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

 
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Know Before You Go to the 2013 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Oct 25, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 
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Two Important Considerations When Choosing Your Ph.D. Direction

Oct 18, 2013 02:00 PM

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

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

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

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

Oct 09, 2013 06:57 PM

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

 
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Get the APPAM Fall Research Conference App Now!

Oct 07, 2013 03:00 PM

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

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

Oct 02, 2013 01:00 PM

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

 
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Final Pre-conference Update by President-elect Angela Evans

Oct 01, 2013 01:30 PM

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

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

Sep 30, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 
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Finding Balance

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

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Lucie Schmidt

Sep 25, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 
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Spotlight: University of Minnesota

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

 
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Mathematica Study Examines Teacher Effectiveness in High-Needs Secondary Schools

Sep 16, 2013 04:00 PM

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

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Scott Allard

Sep 05, 2013 02:00 PM

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

 
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APPAM President-elect Angela Evans Introduces the Saturday Caucus

Sep 03, 2013 01:00 PM

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

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Robert Kaestner and Jane Waldfogel

Aug 29, 2013 03:00 PM

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

 
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Understanding the Research, Policy, and Practice Behind Transforming Remediation

Aug 20, 2013 01:41 PM

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

 
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Tackling Wicked Government Problems: Developing Enterprise Leaders

Aug 15, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 
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Accurate Counting of Homeless Youth Necessary to Provide Successful Assistance

Aug 02, 2013 05:22 PM

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

 
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Meet the 2013 Policy Council: Laura Peck and Jodi Sandfort

Jul 24, 2013 01:00 PM

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

 
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Conference Update by President-elect Angela Evans

Jul 22, 2013 02:00 PM

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

 
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A Respectful Request From APPAM President-elect Angela Evans

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

 
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Brookings Panel Evaluates Homebuyer Tax Credit Programs

Jul 09, 2013 05:12 PM

At a recent forum held by the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, the results of an in-depth study of the federal homebuyer tax credit (HTC) and complementary state-level initiatives was released. Dynan, Gayer, and Plotkin’s research looked at how various federal programs were structured and, based on their features, what effects one would expect on the economy.

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

Jul 03, 2013 12:11 PM

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

 
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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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AYPF and MDRC Discuss the College Match Program

Jun 19, 2013 05:17 PM

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

 
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Policy, Research, and Tweeting

May 15, 2013 01:00 PM

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

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

May 10, 2013 05:00 PM

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

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

May 10, 2013 01:30 PM

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

 
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Great Expectations: Moving Towards the Fall Conference

Apr 23, 2013 12:30 PM

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

 
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Fall Conference Progress Update

Apr 17, 2013 02:30 PM

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

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

Mar 14, 2013 01:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

 
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From the Executive Director (Jan/Feb 2013)

Feb 13, 2013 03:27 PM

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

 
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Systematic Reviews as a Tool in Evidence-Based Decision Making

Feb 07, 2013 05:00 PM

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

 
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Low-Cost Randomized Controlled Trials

Feb 04, 2013 07:05 PM

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

 
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Deadline for Submissions Extended to January 15, 2013

Dec 28, 2012 10:37 AM

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

 
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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.

 

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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Meet the Conference Communication Team!

Nov 07, 2012 11:04 PM

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

 
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Know Before You Go to This Year's Fall Conference

Oct 25, 2012 07:51 PM

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

 
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Getting Ready for the 2012 Fall Research Conference

Sep 21, 2012 05:43 PM

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

 
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Welcome to the New APPAM.org!

Sep 19, 2012 12:12 PM

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

 
 
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