Professional Update
February / 2018
FINAL DAY for 2018 APPAM International Conference Submissions
Submit your research by tonight at 11:50 pm EST and join us for the 2018 APPAM International Conference in Mexico City on July 19 th - 20 th! Unique to this conference’s submission process, you can select both an over-arching area and a panel theme.

Not sure what to submit? The 2018 theme, Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development, covers much more than just the concerns of large urban areas; it will encompass a great number of topics including many of those frequently presented at APPAM’s Fall Research Conference.

If you normally submit to the Fall Research Conference, we've created a " translation guide" for the different policy areas.
Submissions are open for the 40th Annual Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC
APPAM's 40th Fall Research Conference will focus on improving programs and policies by generating and engaging with evidence throughout the policy analysis and management process. Review the policy areas here.

The 2018 theme, Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement, places an emphasis on the iterative and collaborative nature of building evidence. We aim to engage researchers, policy makers, and program leaders in thoughtful discussions about how best to collect data, capture innovation, measure impacts, and identify actionable and timely recommendations. All submissions are due by April 11 th.

Regional Student Conferences:
Registration Open for the CA Regional Student Conference
The California Regional Student Conference on March 9 th – 10 th, 2018, at Claremont Graduate University will highlight student research across a wide variety of policy areas.

Participating students will present their research on panels of peers and through a poster session – be sure to explore the preliminary program. There will also be several opportunities to network and make connections with a diverse group of academics, researchers, practitioners and students. Registration closes on March 2 nd.

APPAM's 2017 Annual Report is Now Available
Since APPAM debuted its Annual Report in 2014, we strive to bring you the most important information, packaged in a way that is easy to understand and condensed enough that it can be read quickly and easily.

Our goals for this report include ensuring the membership is fully informed of the Association’s work, providing the membership with a better understanding of the progress APPAM is making towards its strategic goals and providing a report card on the condition of APPAM’s health and strength. We will continue to be as transparent and forthcoming as possible as we work to make APPAM stronger and better, each and every year. Thank you for being an APPAM Member.

JPAM Featured Article:
The Effects of Federal Adoption Incentive Awards for Older Children on Adoptions from U.S. Foster Care
When children in foster care cannot be reunified with their parents, adoption is considered a better option for permanent placement over long-term foster care. The federal Adoption Incentives program was established in 1997 to provide annual performance bonuses to states for increases in adoptions from U.S. foster care. This JPAM article uses changes to the Adoption Incentives program in 2003 and 2008 to analyze states’ responses to the federal performance bonuses.

Excerpt from the interview:
"The existing research on financial incentives and adoption focuses on the effect of monthly adoption assistance subsides made directly to adoptive families... Given that adopted children have better outcomes than their peers in long-term foster care, as well as the substantial long-term cost savings to adoption compared to foster care, it is important to understand the challenges states face in achieving adoption and which barriers policy can help to address."

Maggie Brehm, Oberlin College and Conservatory

JPAM in the news:

  • Kanika Arora, University of Iowa, and Douglas A. Wolf, Syracuse University, had their JPAM article about the impact of California's Paid Family Leave policy on nursing home use quoted at Skilled Nursing News, an independent news website for nursing professionals. Read the author interview for this JPAM Featured Article.
APPAM Members in the News
Naomi Goldstein of ACF/HHS & Molly Irwin of DOL joined Andy Feldman's Gov Innovator podcast to discuss evaluation policies at federal departments and agencies:

"A small but growing number of federal departments and agencies have created evaluation policies that describe the principles that those agencies seek to promote when they conduct program evaluations. Those principles can include rigor, relevance, transparency, independence, and ethics."
Donald Kenkel, Cornell University PAM, was quoted in this article from The Cornell Daily Sun about research on E-Cigarettes:

"While the JUUL is a ‘safer’ alternative to cigarettes, the NASEM study also showed there is insufficient evidence that e-cigarettes like these are successful in helping people quit conventional smoking completely.

Prof. Donald Kenkel, policy analysis and management, has emphasized the complexity of the health implications of e-cigarettes."
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Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
February 14: International Conference submissions close TODAY
February 23: Registration opens for the DC Regional Student Conference
March 2: Registration closes for the California Regional Student Conference
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