Thursday, October 13, 2016

An APPAM/MDRC Institutional Member Forum: The Future of Applying Behavioral Science to Social Policy

MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) and APPAM are hosting a forum on December 13, 2016 which will explore the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy. This event brings together distinguished experts from MDRC, academia, and the government to share their work and provide insight on next steps for research, practice, and policy.


Two IUPUI Faculty to Be Published

September 9, 2014 10:30 AM

Two faculty and APPAM members from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs have forthcoming articles coming to two prominent journals.

Saba Siddiki's paper Does the Network Centrality of Government Actors Matter? Examining the Role of Government Organizations in Aquaculture Partnerships was accepted for publication in the journal Review of Policy Research. Her paper is co-authored by William Resh of the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and William R. McConnell of Indiana University--Bloomington’s Department of Sociology. Their research contributes to the study of collaborative governance by formally investigating how the relative centrality of government actors in policymaking venues affects individual relationship building and learning for participants.

Conducted in the context of U.S. marine aquaculture partnerships, their data comes from multiple interviews and an online survey of partnership participants. The paper’s results indicate that government actor centrality is positively associated with relationship building and learning. However, in testing two different conceptualizations of “centrality,” they found that the definition of this construct clearly matters, and conclude the paper by offering theoretical, methodological and practical implications of this research.

Doug Noonan's article Arts districts, universities, and the rise of digital media was recently published in the Journal of Technology Transfer. The article, co-authored by Shiri Breznitz of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, builds on the attention given to the “creative class” by connecting two sources of local economic development and innovation: universities and the arts.

The authors examined both clusters of arts and culture in urban arts districts and the concentrations of brainpower in colleges and universities. Noonan and Breznitz analyzed the dual impacts of universities and arts districts on innovation and economic growth through employment in the digital media industry. Their results indicate that cultural districts consistently drive employment and innovation in the digital media industry, though the same cannot be said for research universities.


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