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APPAM encourages all member interested
in hosting a webinar to submit an RFP.  Webinars can be viewed live by everyone, but recordings of them are now available exclusively to APPAM members.

Previous topics include:

  • Employability skills
  • The 2020 Census
  • Minimum wage policy
  • Food insecurity


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The Wonk

This podcast is looking for: 

  • Relevant and timely policy issues discussed by researchers, practitioners or academics
  • Research on emerging trends in public policy

Let's Grab a Coffee

This podcast is looking for:

  • Casual conversations with policy experts and students including how to unwind, most interesting person they've worked with, etc.
  • Tips and tricks for students



APPAM Webinars

Conference Submissions: How to Get Accepted

Wednesday, January 26,  1-2 p.m. ET

Ever wonder about the conference submission process? In this webinar, you'll get the tips needed for your APPAM Fall Research Conference submission to stand out! We’ll walk you through the process of submission, the review process and what we look for in a conference session. Panelists will have a background serving on past APPAM Program Committees. These speakers have made decisions on proposals in the past and are ready to answer your questions to help you present at the next APPAM conference. Join us for resources on how to highlight your conference proposals for APPAM and beyond!

Stay tuned for speaker announcements.

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Previous APPAM Webinars

APPAM Webinars are open to anyone, however, the Webinar archive is only for APPAM Members, as one of the perks. Log in as a member to view the full archive. 


Minimum Wage Policy: Impact and Future Direction

Wednesday, October 20,  1-2 p.m. ET

APPAM invites you to a webinar on minimum wage policy where a panel of distinguished experts will discuss the impacts of current minimum wage policies and the effects possible future changes could have on the economy and individuals.

The panel will discuss results from Allard's paper examining the increased Seattle minimum wage, including a look at the administrative data analysis of the low wage labor market, in-depth interviews with low income workers and results of surveys from firms and nonprofits in the Seattle area. The group will cover firm effects of increasing the minimum wage in Seattle as well as employment and the distributional effects of wealth and how community based nonprofits adjusted their business practices.



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Hoyoung Yoo,
University of Wisconsin


Scott Allard,
University of Washington
David Neumark,
University of California, Irvine
Hilary Wething,
Pennsylvania State University







Immigration Policy - Reshaping U.S. Border and Asylum Policy

Wednesday, August 18,  1-2 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide a local, federal, and interstate perspective regarding immigration policy and its impact. Specific issues include the rapid increase in state policies regarding restriction and inclusion and some of the state-local conflicts that have ensued; the broad, negative impacts that these policies are having on families and children and their access to public services; and the importance of federal action on immigration policy to address these developments and their impacts. Additionally, we will address the consequences of living in legal limbo and the need for enhanced protections for unauthorized immigrants and asylum seekers.


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Chloe East

University of Colorado, Denver


Carolyn Heinrich,  

Vanderbilt University

Juan Perdoza, 

University of California, Santa Cruz

Joaquin Rubalcaba,

University of North Carolina



How to Start Strong with Research-Government Partnerships

Wednesday, June 9,  Noon– 1:00pm ET

This session focuses on strategies for addressing common challenges researchers face when approaching government about possible partnership and collaboration. Speakers share from real experiences to highlight the 1) importance of two-way transparency and 2) clarity of needs and expectations with a focus on approach, background work, process, and deliverables.


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Jason Coupet,

Associate Professor of Public Administration, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University

Jenni Owen, 

Director of Strategic Partnerships, North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships

David Yokum, 

Director, The Policy Lab; Senior Advisor, North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships




Food Insecurity, the Child Allowance and Child Poverty 

Tuesday, May 4th, 3:00pm Eastern – 4:00pm Eastern

The COVID recession brought on higher levels of food insecurity for families with children, especially poor ones. A National Academy of Sciences committee charged with alternative policies to reduce child poverty suggested that fully refundable child tax credits paid monthly would go a long way towards reaching that goal. The presidential election has led to the American Recovery Plan which has taken steps to reduce food insecurity amongst families with children. The Plan has also adopted a policy to reduce child poverty by means of a fully refundable child tax credit which will be available monthly as soon as July 1. The purpose of this webinar was to review these policies and actions as well as their promise and potential pitfalls.


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Jim Ziliak,

University of Kentucky,


Hilary Hoynes, 

University of California, Berkeley

Angela Rachidi, 

American Enterprise Institute

Tim Smeeding, 

University of Wisconsin



Archived Webinars
Log in as a member to view the webinars.

  • Defining Policy Analysis: A Journey That Never Ends (February 2021)
  • Cellular Mobility Data: What Is It and How Can it Be Used For Research? (December 2020)
  • Eviction and Urban Inequality (September 2020)
  • Emotion's Role in Public Policy & Management (June 2020)
  • The 2020 Census (May 2020)
  • Employment Skills: What I Learned, Valued, and Wish I Was Taught (March 2020)
  • The Future of Drug Pricing and Its Impact on Healthcare Policy (March 2019)
  • The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Workforce (October 2018)
  • DACA Policy, Community, and Global Implications (May 2018)
  • The Intersection of Opoid Addiction and Evidence-Based Policy (January 2018)



APPAM Student Activities Commitee Chair Interview


Podcast Interview with Sarah Charnes, SAC Chair

Membership and Administration Manager, Ryan Martz, interviews incoming Student Activities Committee Chair, Sarah Charnes about what the SAC does and the 2020 year ahead for the SAC.







The Wonk Podcast


Wonk_logo1APPAM's Policy Podcast, The Wonk, examines policy issues of today discussed by expert practitioners, researchers, and academics. Episode topics include JPAM featured articles, emerging trends in public policy research, and student preparation for careers in public policy.
Do you have a podcast idea or research you would like to discuss on The Wonk? Email

The Wonk, Episode 16: Collaboration During a Crisis

While collaboration has been recognized as a means to addressing complex public problems, this conclusion seems to have focused predominantly on "normal times" meaning when people and organizations face little or no disruption. Yet, a crisis can impose new demands and needs that require people and organizations to explore new ways and forms of collaboration that respond effectively to the prevailing conditions. In this podcast, Dr. Kirk Emerson from the University of Arizona joins us as we explore how people and organizations collaborate when confronted with a crisis.


The Wonk, Episode 15: Methodological Advances for Difference-in-Differences with Staggered Timing 

Difference-in-differences with staggered timing is one of the most widely used empirical designs in the quantitative public policy literature. However, a growing literature has uncovered challenges that may arise when estimating these models via two-way fixed effects regression, one of the most commonly used approaches. Andrew Goodman-Bacon, from the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, joins The Wonk host Philip Gigliotti, PhD Candidate at SUNY Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, to discuss his work on this topic, and practical implications for researchers.

The Wonk, Episode 14: Economic Impacts of COVID-19: Education. 

In this podcast, our guest Dr. Katharine Strunk (Michigan State University) discusses the impact of COVID-19 on education. Specifically, we discuss how the pandemic has altered managerial and educational strategies within schools, the public health considerations and policy implications of COVID-19 transmission from in-person learning, the implications of the pandemic for learning outcomes and educational disparities, and the necessity of policy intervention to address this crisis.

The Wonk, Episode 13: Economic Impacts of COVID-19: Non-Profits, State and Local Governments. 

In this Podcast, our guest Dr. Thad Calabrese (New York University)explores the impacts of COVID on non-profits and state and local governments. Specifically, we discuss how budgetary shortfalls in state and local governments threaten funding to nonprofits, and how that might affect service delivery. We also explore the long-term strategies that can be adopted to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

The Wonk, Episode 12: Covid-19 Inequality: A Discussion on Social and Economic Impact. 

In this episode we discuss the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as they relate to inequality. Our guest, Dr. Jamila Michener, is a political scientist who studies the influence of U.S. public policy on poverty and racial inequality. Join us as we discuss how COVID-19 relates to racial and socioeconomic disparities in health, employment, and education and other current issues such as criminal justice reform.

The Wonk, Episode 11: Public Health Policy and Covid-19 

We live in unprecedented times! In less than two months, over 3 million have been sickened with COVID-19 while more than 210,000 people have died. The world’s economy has ground to a halt. Human movement has ceased. People have been locked down in their homes and have been directed to social distance. All of this and more is due to the novel coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan, China in December 2019. As the world battles with how to address the pandemic, this podcast discusses the policy responses by governments. What epidemiological issues does COVID-19 present? What have been the policy responses to the challenge? What are the success and failures? And what lessons can be learned going forward. Dr. Gus Birkhead joins us to discuss these and other related questions.

The Wonk, Live Episode: Live from #2019APPAM

Host Brittany Keegan spoke, at the 2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference, to Lauren Davis and David Morar, former Student Advisory Committee Chairs, and respectively present and past Policy Council Members. Both talked about their #2019APPAM experience, their overall experience with APPAM and with the Fall Conference in general. Morar and Davis ended with a call for students to join the association and definitely participate in future Fall Conferences.


The Wonk, Episode 10: Balancing Values and "Evidence" in Evidence-Based Decisionmaking

Policymakers are called to make decisions that combine values and evidence, but that is often difficult to do.  In a recent book (Educational Goods: Values, Evidence and Decision Making), two policy analysts and two philosophers show how it can be done in the field of education policy.  In this podcast, we talk with one of the authors, Helen Ladd, professor emerita in the Sanford School, Duke University about the relationship between values and evidence in good policymaking and good policy-oriented research.


The Wonk, Episode 9: It Happens in #AcademiaToo: Addressing and Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Academic Settings 

In recent months we’ve seen the growth of the #MeToo movement, in which people are coming forward with their stories of sexual assault or sexual harassment. A subset of that is #AcademiaToo, which addresses sexual assault or sexual harassment in academic contexts (e.g. on campus, at conferences, etc.). During this podcast, Dr. Brittany Keegan speaks with Dr. Sarah Jane Brubaker and Dr. Tammi Slovinsky to explore this issue further; this includes policies such as Title IX that offer protection, barriers to reporting, resources that are typically offered to those involved in the reporting process, and prevention through culture change.



The Wonk, Episode 8: The Use of Cost-benefit Analysis in State and Local Policymaking 

Brittany Keegan and Alex Osei-Kojo talk with Rob Moore (Scioto Analysis)about issues addressing policy at state and local levels with a focus on Rob's 2009-2016 report on the Ohio economy.


The Wonk, Episode 7: Public Policy, Populism and Brexit 

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Justin Gest of George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government to explore the role that populism plays in policymaking. With a specific focus on Brexit, we will discuss why populism is sometimes seen as an attractive option, some of the dangers of populist-driven policies, and how policy scholars can address the use of populism. We will also explore alternatives to populism, as well how those alternatives may play out in the Brexit situation and here in the United States.



The Wonk, Episode 6: What Interventions Work Best for Families Who Experience Homelessness?

Authors Daniel Gubits and Michelle Wood, Abt Associates, discuss their recent article in the Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management.  This paper was awarded the 2018 Raymond Vernon Mermorial Award.  In the United States, families with children represent about one-third of the 1.4 million people who experience sheltered homelessness each year.  This paper presents findings from the Family Options Study, the first large-scale randomized trial to investigate the effects of interventions for families who experience homelessness.  In 12 communities across the country, the study provided priority access to three alternative types of programs: 1) long-term rent subsidies; 2) short-term rent subsides; and 3) project-based transitional housing.  The study compares priority access to these three types of programs with assignment to a usual care group that did not receive priority access to any type of program.  The study examples a wide set of outcomes and also provides estimates of the costs of all programs the families used during the three-year follow-up period.   


The Wonk, Episode 5: The Shale Dilemma with Shanti Gamper-Rabindran

Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh talks about her new book, The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development. This interview is with Reid Frazier, reporter from NPR StateImpact and Allegheny Front, and host of Trump on Earth podcast. The edited book examines why eight countries located on five continents decide to (or not) develop their shale reserves. It highlights how debates surrounding energy security, economic development, climate change, and local communities' participation shape the decisions in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Argentina, China, and South Africa.

The Wonk, Episode 4: The Internal and External Validity of the Regression Discontinuity Design: A Meta-Analysis of 15 Within-Study-Comparisons | JPAM Featured Article

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

The Wonk, Episode 3: The Public Policy Job Market 101

'Tis the season of the public policy PhD job market!

Join Menbere Shiferaw, PhD Candidate at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Ingrid Gould Ellen, Professor at the NYU Wager School, as they dive into the incredibly diverse policy job market.

Menbere and Dr. Gould Ellen will explore the basics of the public policy job market, provide insights for doctoral students early in their career, and examine four types of employment available to policy PhDs: academia, government, research organizations, and the private sector.

The Wonk, Episode 2: Machine Learning for Policy Analysis

What do machine learning and policy analysis have in common? Can machine learning technologies be applied to policy issues? How can machine learning applications use data to predict and classify objects? Menbere Shiferaw, PhD Student at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Dr. Susan Athey, Professor of Economics and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, investigate machine learning applications in the context of policy analysis.

The Wonk, Episode 1: Why is my rent so high?

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?


Featured Episode: Welcome to The Wonk

In this episode hosts Mallory Flowers and Spence Purnell will give an overview of the podcast, including what to expect, what policy topics will be covered, and how APPAM can assist policy student and young professionals as they begin their policy careers.



Let's Grab A Coffee Podcast


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management presents Let's Grab A Coffee a podcast recorded by our student members, highlighting an informal conversation with a scholar from the field. Meant to provide a connection between generations of researchers, the podcast also shows the human side of the professionals in public policy analysis and management. Spearheaded by the Student Activities Committee, Let's Grab A Coffee is sure to delight those junior scholars, students and anyone interested in learning about the people behind the research, and maybe even learning a few tips and tricks of the trade. ‚Äč




Episode 5: A Coffee with Tina Fletcher and Dr. Adam Edgerton

In this episode, Tina Fletcher, PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education interviews Dr. Adam Edgerton, DC-based Senior Researcher for the Learning Policy Institute about the intersection between policy, research, and practice, COVID hobbies, and the challenges around the reopening of schools. Tune in to catch Adam's advice for teachers and school leaders preparing for the new school year!




Episode 4: A Coffee with Jenna Hampton and Dr. Ingrid Gould Ellen

In this episode, Jenna Hampton, a graduate student from Washington University in St. Louis, speaks with Dr. Ingrid Gould Ellen about the relevance of her housing research to policy practice and racial justice. Dr. Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center. 



Episode 3: A Coffee with Brianna O'Steen and Dr. Dean Yang

In this episode, Brianna O'Steen, PhD Candidate from Oregon State's School of Public Policy Policy interviews Dr. Dean Yang, Professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Economics and Ford School of Public Policy about COVID hobbies, favorite caffeinated beverages, and the winding paths of academic research. Tune in to catch Dean's advice for graduate students hitting the job market!



Episode 2: A Coffee with Jenna Hampton and Dr. Susan Popkin

In this episode, Jenna Hampton, a graduate student from Washington University in St. Louis, speaks with Dr. Susan Popkin from the Urban Institute about her grounded approach to public housing research and what motivates her to keep going during difficult times.





Episode 1: A Coffee with Sarah Charnes and Dr. Jacob Vigdor

In this episode, Sarah Charnes chats with Professor Jacob Vigdor of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.




APPAM Student Brown Bag Recordings


Stopping Cyber Threats: Security & Deterrence in Cyberspace

The importance of cybersecurity has reached new levels as the world becomes more connected. Cyber threats, security, and deterrence are now at the forefront and the landscape of policy must adapt to new realities.

Learn more about the event here.






Previous APPAM Webinars

APPAM Webinars are open to anyone, however, the Webinar archive is only for APPAM Members, as one of the perks. Log in as a member to view the full archive.