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APPAM Webinars


APPAM is pleased to offer complimentary webinars throughout the year. Below you can find a list of upcoming webinars, recent webinars with public recordings, and members-only archived webinar topics. You find recent webinar recordings on APPAM's YouTube channel and all recordings in your APPAM membership profile in the webinar library.

Don't see a topic that you were looking for? APPAM collects webinar proposals from active APPAM members throughout the year. If you have a timely and broadly appealing topic that you're interested in sharing, please see the webinar proposal section below.

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Upcoming APPAM Webinars

Tools for Equity-Infused Rapid Learning

Thursday April 25th, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

Speakers: Porsche Boddicker-Young, Kara Conroy, and Tosin Shenbanjo (Mathematica), Cathryn Cook (Saga Education)

Moderator: Isabel Callaway (Mathematica)


To make public services work for all, program designers, policy makers, and researchers increasingly seek to engage communities and program participants at all stages of their work. Authentic and inclusive engagement takes time and resources and requires us to share power and use different approaches to program and research design. Rapid-cycle learning is one approach that enables organizations to improve programs in an innovative and inclusive way. This webinar will introduce a variety of free, publicly available tools that facilitate inclusive and equitable rapid cycle learning. 



Student-Parent Families at the Center: Advancing Equitable Postsecondary Pathways  

Wednesday, May 1st, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Speakers: Theresa Anderson and Kate Westaby (Urban Institute), Maria Williamson (New York University)


Students with dependent children have represented about one in four college students in the United States for at least two decades. But their demographics and the complexity of their resource and support needs have only started to receive attention among colleges and the broader public relatively recently. Prior efforts to conduct research on student parents have largely focused on individual issues, taking a siloed approach to policy and systems change. The Student-Parent Families at the Center Framework offers an alternative perspective, positioning policies and systems in relation to one another. By centering parenting students at their families, this Framework details the intersection of a wide range of policies, programs, and issues as families as they pursue college and career pathways.

In this webinar, participants will learn about the Framework and be able to situate it within racial, gender, and intersectional dynamics of marginalization across the policy landscape. They will learn how the Roadmap provides a starting point to address policy inequities and inefficiencies by designing for parenting students, which would allow higher education and other social policy systems to be more inclusive of many individual and family identities. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in an activity that allows them to think about applying these resources in a familiar postsecondary context.


Introduction to the Design and Analysis of Studies with Partially Nested Structures

Thursday, May 16th, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce and train researchers, practitioners, policymakers and evaluators on the design and analysis of main, mediation, and moderation effects when data maintain a partially nested structure. Partially nested structures arise when the treatment and control conditions maintain different multilevel or hierarchical structures or forms of nesting. In many policy settings, for instance, the policy or treatment condition induces a form of nesting or clustering that does not naturally exist in the control condition (e.g., attending career training at an employment center or attendance at a summer school introduces clustering among individuals in the same center or summer school classroom that does not exist in the control condition). The workshop focuses on the motivation, conceptual logic and mechanics of partially nested studies and trains participants in how to design, analyze and leverage partially nested studies to detect main, mediation, and moderation effects. Analyses and example code will be demonstrated in free web applications, the statistical software R and in simple to use Shiny Apps. 



Recent APPAM Webinars

Live APPAM webinars are available to everyone, but our webinar library is reserved for active APPAM Members as a membership benefit. Log in as a member to view our full archive

Assessing and Monitoring Nutrition Security in the United States

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 1:00 PM EST

Speakers: Shelly Ver Ploeg (USDA), Caree Cotwright (USDA), Mariah Ehmke (USDA), Sean Cash (Tufts University), Edward Frongillo (University of South Carolina)

Nutrition Security has become a topic of research and policy that is receiving increasing attention in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has advanced policies and programs with the goal to improve nutrition security. The goal of this interactive webinar is to engage participants in advancing the conversation, ideas, and decision-making to further develop nutrition security measures; and identify data assets, gaps, and needs. This webinar will examine current definitions of nutrition security, conceptual frameworks, and proposed constructs, and then go beyond the current status to consider data needs and moving the field forward. The workshop will consider how nutrition security measures and research may inform future public policy. Additionally. we will discuss what data resources public policy researchers need to enable analyses of policies and programs on nutrition security.

Politicizing the Administrative State: What Will Happen After the 2024 Election?

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 2:00 PM EST

Speakers: Donald Moynihan, APPAM/Georgetown University, Rachel Augustine Potter, University of Virginia, James Capretta, American Enterprise Institute

Republican candidates for President have fixated upon "the deep state" in their campaigns, and have developed detailed plans to purge what they see as political opponents within the federal bureaucracy. This webinar describes what this will mean in practice, and the implications for policymaking and policy implementation. Donald Moynihan (Georgetown University) will discuss the potential use of Schedule F, an executive order that presidential candidates have promised to use to convert tens of thousands of career federal employees into at-will political appointees who could be easily fired. Rachel Potter (University of Virginia) and James Capretta (American Enterprise Institute) will draw on their experience of working in and studying executive and legislative branches to consider how more intense politicization would affect policymaking processes and accountability.


Power Sharing in Research: Advancing Transformative Visions of Power

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EST
Speakers: Brit Henderson, MDRC and Gloriela Iguina-Colon, C40

What would it mean to “properly understand” power in research? What abilities do we have as researchers to bring about change? Are we using our power “correctly?” These questions will guide our exploration for this webinar. We will provide conceptual frameworks for thinking about what power means for researchers and walk attendees through a process for how to engage in power-sharing at different points along the research cycle.

Specifically, we will reflect on our positionality and then assess how these confer power and privilege and manifest in the research. From this foundation of understanding, we will provide concrete examples of ways to start or continue power sharing with the communities we research. Throughout the webinar, attendees will be invited to practice applying the concepts to a specific project. This self-awareness is crucial for integrating equity into our research and evaluation practices. The final product will be concrete action steps and strategies to identify sources of power and ways to leverage them in research. 



Webinar Proposals

APPAM is continuously looking for fresh and timely webinar content and our best resource is our members! Active APPAM members are encouraged to submit webinar proposals for policy-related content and professional development topics.

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Archived APPAM Webinars

Live APPAM webinars are available to everyone, but our webinar library is reserved for active APPAM Members as a membership benefit. Log in as a member to view our full archive
  • APPAM Professional Development Series (August-October 2023)
  • Networking and Mentoring in Economics and Policy (October 2023)
  • Collecting Information on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in NCES Surveys (May 2023)
  • People and Places: Inequality, Migration, Place-Based Economic Development, and Equity (March 2023)
  • Utility Decision-Making and Public Policy Around Energy Poverty and Insecurity (September 2022)
  • Promoting Equity in State and Local Governments (July 2022)
  • Growing the Field of Early Childhood Policy (June 2022)
  • Beyond GDP: Measuring Genuine Progress (March 2022)
  • Conference Submissions: How to Get Accepted (January 2022)
  • Minimum Wage Policy: Impact and Future Direction (October 2021)
  • Immigration Policy - Reshaping U.S. Border and Asylum Policy (August 2021)
  • How to Start Strong with Research-Government Partnerships (June 2021)
  • Food Insecurity, the Child Allowance, and Child Poverty (May 2021)
  • Defining Policy Analysis: A Journey That Never Ends (February 2021)


Retired APPAM Podcasts

 APPAM retired our podcast series in 2023. You can find our previous podcast recordings here.



APPAM's The Wonk examined current policy issues discussed by expert practitioners, researchers, and academics. Episode topics included JPAM featured articles, emerging trends in public policy research, and student preparation for careers in public policy.

APPAM's Let's Grab A Coffee podcast was recorded by the Student Advisory Committee (SAC). The episodes were informal conversations with a scholar from the field to show the human side of public polic.