Professional Update
November / 2017
#2017APPAM Conference Survey
We thank you all for your participation and engagement during #2017APPAM, bringing your knowledge, insights, and enthusiasm for using data and measurement to make better decisions. You joined more than 2,100 peers for over 300 sessions, 11 special events and 220 poster presentations over four days.

Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to complete the 10-question conference survey. Your input and feedback is extremely important to us and will help APPAM improve future conferences and events.

By completing the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win one of three FREE registrations for the 2018 Fall Research Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC, November 8 - 10.
Conference Wrap-up!
Missed any of the #2017APPAM conference coverage? Browse everything in one place , including photos, blogs, video interviews and poster winners!
Meet the 2018 Policy Council Nominees
APPAM announced the slate of nominees for the 2018 Policy Council during the Membership Luncheon on Friday, November 3. The Policy Council serves as the organization’s board of directors .

All Policy Council members serve four year terms, while all leadership positions, except for President-Elect, are two year terms. The President-Elect serves a one year term and automatically becomes President after the Fall Conference of their President-Elect year.

Ballots will be sent via email to all members in good standing by December 15 th .

Matthew Stagner, incoming APPAM President-Elect from Mathematica Policy Research
JPAM Featured Article:
The Impact of Incentives to Recruit and Retain Teachers in “Hard-to-Staff” Subjects
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.

Excerpt from the interview:
"In terms of program design, we think there are a number of important lessons one can learn from the experience of the State of Florida. First, the magnitude of incentives matter. When Florida reduced funding for their loan forgiveness program, it dampened the impact of the program. Second, the reaction of teachers to any given incentive will vary across subject areas; the compensation required to keep one type of teacher in the profession may not be sufficient for another type. Third, direct monetary inducements, such as bonuses, seem to have greater effects than do more indirect compensation schemes, like loan forgiveness."

JPAM is moving:
JPAM Finds a New Home at American University
The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) will move to its new home at the American University School of Public Affairs in July 2018. Erdal Tekin will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief.

“Professor Tekin has excellent credentials for serving as JPAM’s Editor-in-Chief,” wrote the JPAM Selection Committee. “He is a first-rate academic with a long record of scholarly contributions in the areas of health and demographic economics.”

Submit your research to JPAM:
JPAM seeks contributions that span a broad range of policy analysis and management topics with an emphasis on research that conveys methodologically sophisticated findings to policy analysts and other experts in the field. Both domestic and international contributions in public management are welcome, as well as a broad range of policies related to social well-being, health, education, science, environment, and public finance.

APPAM Members in the News
Carolyn Heinrich, APPAM Immediate Past President and Professor of Public Policy and Education at Vanderbilt University, in The Hill:

"Why, at a time when competitiveness in the global economy is so crucial to the future economic and social well-being of our country, are House Republicans proposing to eliminate a key tax credit that is critical to functioning of our premier graduate education system?" wrote about the JPAM featured article by Feng and Sass on teacher incentive programs:

"Policymakers across the country have fretted about a new wave of potential teacher shortages, particularly in certain subjects and schools. Now a new study offers a straightforward solution: give bonuses or provide loan forgiveness to teachers in positions that are hard to staff."
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Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
November 14th: Submissions now open through January 10th for the 2018 California Regional Student Conference. The conference is March 9 – 10, 2018.
November 29th: Submissions will open through January 26th for the 2018 DC Regional Student Conference. The conference is April 6 – 7, 2018.
December 4th: Submissions will open through February 7th for the 2018 International Conference in Mexico City. The conference is July 19 – 20, 2018.
December 15th: Election ballots will be emailed to APPAM members and must be returned within 30 days.
APPAM encourages all members to update your profile on the APPAM website. A complete profile allows us to not only keep you abreast of topical information in all policy areas, but it helps us deliver updates that are the most relevant to you and your specific area of focus.

To update your profile, please log into your APPAM account , select "My Profile & Invoices," and then "Edit." Once you have updated your contact information, please add your education and policy focus areas as well.