Institutional Update
April / 2019
New Sponsorship, Workshop and Community Building Opportunities for Institutional Members at #2019APPAM
Earlier this spring, APPAM announced sponsorship opportunities for the 41st Annual Fall Research Conference, which is scheduled for November 7-9, 2019 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Those opportunities cover packages, events, items, exhibiting, and advertising. Although sponsorship opportunities remain for #2019APPAM, quite a few of them have already been taken! We are pleased to announce Abt Associates, Baruch College, Duke University, Georgetown University, IMPAQ, Indiana University, Mathematica Policy Research, MDRC and the University of Washington among our sponsors.

We are now also seeking proposals for our Preconference Workshop at the Fall Research Conference. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Denver Sheraton Hotel from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All APPAM Institutional Members are invited to submit a workshop proposal on an emerging policy area or topic of interest such as methodology, management topics, or timely research. The topic does not have to correspond with the overall Fall Research Conference theme.

Preconference workshop proposals are encouraged to be original in design, include speakers from a variety of organizations, and attract a broad audience of about 150 participants. Proposed workshops may take any format including, but not limited to, hands-on demonstrations or seminar style sessions. Examples of past preconference workshops included big data, microsimulation models, and policy engagement. View our RFP for the Preconference workshop here for further details! Our submissions deadline for Preconference workshop proposals is June 14, 2019.

In addition to the Preconference workshop opportunity, APPAM is announcing an initiative to promote community building and networking at the 2019 Fall Research Conference: APPAM Communities is a new program that will support opportunities for any group of people to meet at the annual Fall Research Conference to talk about the topics that are most important to them. These get-togethers may focus on any number of shared interests or experiences, including, but not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, gender, geographical location, methodology, or approach. This initiative builds on suggestions made by APPAM’s Diversity Committee, and other requests for additional networking opportunities in the context APPAM’s growth. The RFP for 2019 Fall Research Conference Community Affinity Gatherings can be viewed here. Our submissions deadline for APPAM Communities proposals is July 31, 2019.
Coming Up May 14-15:
APPAM Institutional Representatives Meeting and Spring Conference

The next meeting of the APPAM Institutional Representatives will be Tuesday, May 14th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm at the Mathematica Research Offices in Washington, DC. Please RSVP to Tara Sheehan no later than Friday, May 3rd if you plan on attending the meeting. The meeting will be followed by a reception and then a dinner to kick off the Spring Conference, entitled Public Affairs Program Graduate Perspectives: What I Valued and What I Wish I Learned.

We are also looking forward to welcoming many others in the research community at our Spring Conference the evening of May 14th and on May 15th! A number of our members from both academia and the private sector are among the speakers scheduled for the conference. With the conference just three weeks away, we encourage our Institutional Members to invite their staff ato join us there as a professional development experience.

APPAM Awards Watch:
Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Applications Will Be Accepted through May 31st

Prefacing that they'd love to stay involved in APPAM, a number of the participants in our Regional Student Conferences cited financial impediments to attending our future events. We want to make sure they (and all of our members) know about our Equity and Inclusion Fellowships . These premier fellowships support the travel, participation and recognition of up to 40 graduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at our 2019 Fall Research Conference . Programming exclusively for the fellows at the conference also enables them to network with one another and you as APPAM's leadership. It's a great opportunity for students, and for Professional and Institutional Members who are provided a special platform for sharing their knowledge with those in need of it.

Please encourage students in your network to apply for the Equity and Inclusion Fellowships using our online application through May 31st.

Visit to learn more about our awards including the Spencer Foundation Award recognizing a noteworthy contribution to education policy and management, for which Professional and Institutional Members are also eligible; and the PhD Dissertation Award , which is for individuals who have completed a dissertation in the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 academic year.
APPAM Leadership Blog Series:
Policy Council Vice President John Martinez on Bringing Diverse Perspectives to Research

Written by John Martinez in March 2019:

In my first APPAM Leadership Blog post, I could introduce an issue I care so much about by citing a string of peer-reviewed journal articles or presenting a slew of statistics (I am a researcher after all!). Instead, I wanted to offer my personal reflections on diversity in the field of public policy, and to highlight what APPAM and some APPAM member institutions are doing to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented people in the world of public policy and public management analysis and research.

The mantra “nothing about us without us” became a rallying cry for the disability rights movement in the 1990s as advocates successfully argued that public policy development should include the voices of those directly affected by the policy choices being made. Since then, this simple yet powerful statement has motivated a broad range of people who feel that policies that affect their communities must take into consideration their experiences and perspectives.

Many aspects of public policy development intersect with the lives of people and communities that are traditionally underrepresented in our field, including but certainly not limited to low-income communities of color. Informing the development and implementation of these policies is what many of us within APPAM engage in through our analysis and research. But what are we doing to ensure that our field includes these diverse voices and perspectives?

For the answer, read MDRC Director of Program Development John Martinez's full article in the APPAM Leadership Blog series.
APPAM International Conferences Update:
Registration is Open for #APPAM19INTL, Proposals Welcomed for 2020 and 2021!

The time to book flights and hotels has come! Our 2019 International Conference in Barcelona, Spain is just over three months from today. Our Preliminary Program has debuted, and critical logistical information can be found on the conference website . We encourage members at all levels - including your employees, your students and you as Institutional Representatives - to register for the conference by the early bird deadline of May 22nd.

Although we couldn't be more grateful to The Johns Hopkins University - Pompeu Fabra University Public Policy Center for hosting our community in Barcelona this summer, we're already looking ahead to our 2020 and 2021 conferences. To hold International Conferences in those years, we need our Institutional Members to submit proposals to host the International Conferences. There can be up to two institutional co-hosts for each conference, but at least one must either be an APPAM member or become one shortly after selection, and the institution(s) must either have an international campus or a relationship with an international school that can provide the requisite space for the conference. Additionally, a $5,000 sponsorship minimum is required of each host to cover various conference initiatives.

JPAM Closer Look Author Interview:
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Esther Arenas-Arroyo on Immigration Enforcement and Children's Living Arrangements

This year, immigration has been a common interest among our members at all levels. Several presentations at our 2019 Regional Student Conferences concerned it, and the sponsors of our May 1st and June 5th Institutional Member forums have spearheaded research projects on the subject. We thought we'd address this common thread among our members by introducing the new JPAM Closer Look Author Interview series, created by Michelle Slattery of JPAM, with an interview between Slattery and two experts in immigration policy: Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Esther Arenas-Arroyo.

Visit to read the full interview on their research, which contributes to a rapidly growing literature on the consequences of a fragmented approach to immigration policy.

The JPAM article that inspired the interview can be found here .
Institutional Members in the News
Rutgers University President Robert L. Barchi announced that he will add an additional $20 million in strategic funding to extend the Rutgers Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative through June 2024. Since the launch of the initiative in 2016, nearly $22 million has supported hiring 79 diverse faculty members across the university and mentoring and retaining faculty from diverse backgrounds.

The University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Victory University of Wellington's School of Government have partnered together for a dual degree program. The partnership will allow students from either university to study toward a Global Master of Public Administration in Washington and, after that, complete a Master of Public Policy, Public Management, or e-Government in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Carnegie Corporation of NY recently announced a 24-month grant of $1,000,000 for the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs to establish a Military Fellows Program on the Brown University campus. The fellows program will focus on mid-level military officers who will likely serve in policy-related positions.

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