Professional Update
October / 2017
Measurement Matters:
Better Data for Better Decisions
The APPAM Fall Research Conference has long been the place to learn the latest in evidence-based research. The 2017 Fall Research Conference will focus on the importance of data and measurement, and celebrate the government staff who work to improve the measures we use every day.

In light of the publication of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Report last month, please browse the conference sessions that will touch on issues raised by this important report .

Join nearly 2,500 fellow attendees for cutting edge, topical research in 320 sessions across 15 policy areas , two symposia, three poster sessions, an awards ceremony and nightly receptions for plenty of networking opportunities.
Online registration closes soon:
Regular registration through 10/24:
  • Members: $485
  • Non-Members: $650
Onsite registration 11/1 through 11/4
  • APPAM Members: $560
  • Non-Members: $725
Registration for the 2017 Fall Research Conference  includes access to all sessions, continental breakfast each day, refreshment breaks each day, receptions each evening, lunch on Saturday, and all other non-ticketed conference activities.
#2017APPAM App:
The APPAM Conference App is Now Available
Download the official conference app by searching your app store for "APPAM" or visit the browser version of the app and click "Get this app on your mobile device."

Plan your personal schedule, find event locations, read abstracts and more. The app, updated in real time, offers users unprecedented ways to interact, share, organize, and locate conference, event, and participant information.
Special thank you to our app sponsor:
Pre-Conference Workshop:
Policy Engagement: Building Relationships and Partnerships
for Long-Term Impact
This year’s pre-conference workshop is an intensive, interactive program to provide researchers and data scientists the opportunity to learn best practices for developing reciprocal relationships with civic intermediaries. This training aims to provide concrete tools to empower researchers to foster long-term, reciprocal relationships with policymakers.

Workshop organizers:
Thank you to the Scholars Strategy Network and William T. Grant Foundation.
2017 Awards:
JPAM Announces Raymond Vernon Memorial Award Winners
The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Raymond Vernon Memorial Award: Lauren Jones, The Ohio State University, and Nicolas Ziebarth, Cornell University, for their paper “ U.S. Child Safety Seat Laws: Are They Effective and Who Complies?” The paper was first published in the Summer 2017, Volume 36, issue of JPAM.

“I am extremely delighted and grateful for this award," Ziebarth said. "Lauren and I started to work on this topic in late 2012. Over the years, we received many excellent comments and suggestions, including at APPAM, and revised the paper many times. I believe it is a good example of relevant public policy research: it triggers people’s attention and desire to talk about it, as we all care about child safety.”

Interview with Nick Hart:
New Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative at The Bipartisan Policy Center
Nick Hart is the director of The Bipartisan Policy Center’s new Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative. He served as the policy and research director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, overseeing the commission’s policy and research support team and leading the drafting process of “ The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking” report and recommendations presented to the Congress and the president in September 2017.

Excerpt from the interview:
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s new initiative will support implementation of all the Commission’s recommendations, including those for improving secure access to data, strengthening privacy protections, and encouraging greater capacity for generating evidence. In fact, this is one area of distinction between this Commission and other past policy commissions – by continuing the work at BPC there is an acknowledgement that the report and recommendations will not merely sit on a shelf, but will be advanced in every way possible.

We hope that professional associations like APPAM will begin to seriously discuss strategies for supporting the implementation of the recommendations as well as other strategies, such as those needed at the state and local level.

APPAM Members in the News
Donald F. Kettl, nonresident senior fellow at the Volcker Alliance and the Brookings Institution and former dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, wrote this column for the Potomac Chronicle at
Over a generation, there’s been a sea change in the way cities, states and the feds deal with each other.
Three #2017APPAM symposia speakers - Katharine Abraham, Robert Groves and Erica Groshen - were quoted in this article from Politico:
Washington is supposed to tell us what we need to know about America—a wonky but crucial mission that's suddenly in trouble.
Richard Burkhauser, professor emeritus of policy analysis at Cornell University and previous APPAM president, was named as the final member of President Trump's Council of Economic Advisers.
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