Professional Update
May / 2019
APPAM is Soliciting Program Proposals and Awards Nominations from Professional Members!

APPAM Communities
APPAM has announced 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.

Pre-conference Workshop
In anticipation of this November's Fall Research Conference, all APPAM Professional Members are also encouraged to ask their institutions to submit a Pre-conference Workshop proposal on an emerging policy area or topic of interest such as methodology, management topics, or timely research. Examples of past Pre-conference Workshop themes include Big Data , Policy Engagement: Building Relationships and Partnerships for Long-Term Impact and Research to Policy Bootcamp: A Communications Toolkit for Researchers . The Workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Denver Sheraton Hotel from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  View our RFP for the Pre-conference Workshop here for further details! Our submissions deadline for Pre-conference Workshop proposals is June 14, 2019.

APPAM Awards
Applications for several APPAM awards and a fellowship remain open as well: As mentioned in our Wednesday e-mail blast, the Equity and Inclusion Fellowship supports the travel and participation of 40 promising students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the Fall Research Conference. Apply for the Equity and Inclusion Fellowship by May 31, 2019. The Spencer Foundation Award for education policy research and the PhD Dissertation Award for a recent dissertation in public policy and management are also open to nominations. Nominations must be received for the Spencer Foundation Award and the PhD Dissertation Award by July 12, 2019.
Excited about future APPAM events like #2019APPAM, and can't wait until November for APPAM content? Check out the recordings from the May 1st Abt Forum. In addition to the full video from the forum, we have slides and videos from panels on the forum's website too!
Upcoming APPAM 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.

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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.

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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 especially encouraging our Professional Members 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.

Among the newly-announced events of interest to #APPAM19INTL registrants: a Post-conference Workshop on Advancing Health and Health Equity , organized by conference sponsor the Health Impact Project. Scheduled to be presented on July 31st, the Post-conference Workshop will convene international experts for a one-day session called Lessons from Around the Globe to discuss incorporating health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education. Plenary and breakout sessions will focus on Health in All Policies (HiAP) models, best practices, and lessons learned, as well as emerging ideas for cross-sector collaboration to advance population health from around the world. Registration for the Post-conference Workshop is separate from International Conference registration .

Although there is certainly more news to come about this year's International Conference and Post-conference Workshop, we are encouraging you to ask your employers and affiliated institutions 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.
Professional Member News from the Greater Research Community
The Kavli Civic Science Fellowship is now accepting applications from individuals who have experience in civic science and are looking for an opportunity to think more broadly about advancing the field. This fellowship present a remarkable opportunity to work with leaders across multiple scientific societies, while ultimately influencing the culture of science and its relevance to society.

On April 25, COSSA (the Consortium of Social Science Associations) issued a statement calling on Congress to reach a deal that will prevent budget cuts scheduled to take effect during fiscal years (FY) 2020 and 2021. The statement highlighted the potential impact of these cuts on federal research agencies, particularly those that fund social science research or produce data used by social scientists.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued its annual call for recommendations for membership to its various advisory committees and technical boards. These committees advise NSF's offices and directorates on program management, research direction, and policies impacting the agency. Committees of particular interest to the COSSA community include the Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral and Economic Societies and the Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources. 

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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 are due

Membership question?
Email Membership and Administration Manager Ryan Martz for assistance.
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Among the many benefits of your Professional level membership are the ability to vote in APPAM elections, be eligible for a position on the Policy Council, and nominate others for the Policy Council! Participation in APPAM Governance allows you to determine the future of the organization and the field for years to come. Contact Tara Sheehan at for more information.