Monday, September 24, 2018

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

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


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

AEI and Brookings released a plan last week for reducing poverty in America.  The 88 page report is titled, "Opportunity, Responsiblity, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream."  What's unusual about the plan is the group and the process used to create it. 

The 15 person working group included two past APPAM Presidents (Judith Gueron and Jane Waldfogel), the current APPAM President (Ron Haskins) and several other very active APPAM members (Sheldon Danziger, Robert Doar, Harry Holzer, Larry Mead and Ronald Mincy). Further, the group included a variety of perspectives and idsciplines to ensure a well rounded report, based on consensus.

The group considered three major domains of life simultaneously: family, work, and education.  While quite a bit of work has been done around these three areas seprately, the group felt it important to consider these issues together to help achieve success.

Finally, the report is grounded in three broad American values; namely, opportunity, responsiblity and security.

The impace of the report should be broad. According to APPAM President Ron Haskins, "the most important accomplishment of the report is to show that a bipartisan group can find the compromises to support a broad and interlocking set of proposals that would reduce poverty and increase economic mobility in the U.S."




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