Institutional Update
May / 2019
APPAM Continues Revising the Discourse on Career Development This Spring

In just the last two weeks, APPAM presented two live events regarding new ways to think about career trajectories: a May 1st forum with Abt Associates entitled Career Pathways: What We Know and Where We Should Go from Here , for which video is now available on the event website; and our May 14-15th Spring Conference entitled Are We Preparing Our Students for Success? Employment Outlooks for Policy Graduate Students , for which editorial coverage is now available on the event website.
As we wrap up these events, APPAM is excited to offer additional ways for your institution to continue its active participation in APPAM activities:
  • #2019APPAM Job Search Service: At this week's Institutional Representatives meeting, we announced that we will be collecting both job postings and job seeker information to facilitate interviews and hiring at the Fall Research Conference (November 7-9 in Denver). This Job Search Service is a five-step program that includes a call for position openings, applicant registration, the collection of applicant information, the review and contacting of applicants, and the scheduling of interviews. The program will be complimentary for APPAM Institutional Members and is a great way to bring applicants directly to employers, saving time and money on lengthy interview processes! More information on this new program will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • #2019APPAM Communities: This 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, including career development and job opportunities. This initiative builds on suggestions made by APPAM’s Diversity Committee, and other requests for additional networking opportunities. 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.

  • #2019APPAM Fellowship Nominations: As discussed at length during our Spring Conference, providing funding opportunities for promising members of underrepresented groups is critical to diversifying both our conferences' audiences and the profession. Toward that end, APPAM continues to accept applications for Equity and Inclusion Fellowship supporting the travel and participation of 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the Fall Research Conference. Our application deadline for the fellowships is May 31, 2019.
Upcoming Webinar:
Eviction and Urban Inequality, June 11th at 2 PM EDT

Eviction data collected by the Eviction Lab at Princeton University provides a picture of housing instability across the United States, with especially high eviction rates in some urban regions in the south. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to ongoing policy-relevant research based in Richmond VA, Lexington KY, and Kansas City, MO. Experts will discuss how evictions, and more broadly, forced moves, are simultaneously a result, cause, and indicator of urban inequality. Evictions have long term negative impacts on education, health, and employment, intersecting with homeless services, school quality, and neighborhood stability. While we know the broad impacts of mobility on families and the neighborhoods, we know little about the location and differences for families of evictions. Formal eviction data highlight concentrations of formal eviction, but these data are insufficient to understand the contours of formal eviction, much less the less informal forced moves undertaken by low-income households. This current research is focused on explaining why and how evictions are so concentrated in Virginia’s urban regions and how to address housing instability.
Mark your calendars for 2 PM EDT on Tuesday, June 11th to attend this webinar live.
Sponsored Words from AmeriSpeak:
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In this free download, read about five cases in which AmeriSpeak’s persistent outreach to initial nonrespondents enhanced the final data and delivered more inclusive results. Of particular importance to political and social scientists is how AmeriSpeak’s approach increased representation of moderate-to-conservative opinions. You’ll see the “before” and “after” numbers. 
JPAM Closer Look Author Interview:
Anca Grecu, Dhaval Dave and Henry Saffer on Mandatory Access Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Prescription Drug Abuse

A new study reports robust evidence that mandatory access provisions, which require providers to query the PDMP prior to prescribing controlled drugs and have raised PDMP utilization rates, have significantly reduced Rx drug abuse. In this second installment of the new JPAM Closer Look Author Interview series, Michelle Slattery interviews the authors on their inspiration for the research, the challenges they encountered in conducting it, and more.

Visit to read the full interview.

The JPAM article that inspired the interview can be found here .
International Watch:
Opportunities at Our Conferences Abroad

With our International Conference in Barcelona just over two months away, we are encouraging our Institutional Representatives to ensure they've booked their flights and hotels, calendared in their out of the office time, and registered for the conference! Early bird registration for the 2019 APPAM International Conference ends next week, on May 22nd, with rates increasing after that date.

Although there is certainly more news to come about this year's International Conference, we are encouraging you to submit proposals to host our 2020 and 2021 conferences! Proposals must be submitted by APPAM institutional members in conjunction with a partner institution based in the proposed conference destination. The RFP for future APPAM International Conferences can be viewed here.
Institutional Members in the News
The 2019 Educating for Justice Gala raised $1 million to support John Jay College of Criminal Justice students.

Cleveland State University has been named a recipient of the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund, a program that provides universities with funding to support green initiatives. Policy research students can certainly benefit from this program. 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently announced a $6 million, 3-year award to Abt Associates for a project to increase patient participation after heart attacks, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery.

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Upcoming Deadlines and Events:
Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
June 11, 2019: Eviction and Urban Inequality webinar at 2 PM EDT
July 12, 2019: PhD Dissertation and Spencer Foundation nominations are due
July 31, 2019: Communities proposals for the 2019 Fall Research Conference and future International Conference host proposals are due

Membership question?
Email Membership and Administration Manager Ryan Martz for assistance.
Make Your Award Nominations!

The ability to nominate individuals for certain awards is a unique benefit of your membership. Award opportunities with deadlines of July 12, 2019 include The Spencer Foundation Award for education policy research and the PhD Dissertation Award for a recent dissertation in public policy and management. Contact Samantha Oliver at for more information.