Professional Update
July / 2018
Early Registration Opens Today!
Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement

The 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference will celebrate APPAM's 40th conference on November 8 - 10 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This year's event will focus on improving programs and policies by generating and engaging with evidence throughout the policy analysis and management process.

The 2018 conference will emphasize 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.
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Registration for the 2018 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.
This 2018-exclusive program provides funding for 40 outstanding early career scholars to attend the 2018 Fall Research Conference – the premier conference for high-quality research on a wide variety of current and emerging policy and management topics. We are thrilled to commemorate the 40th conference by honoring the contributions of these scholars and recognizing the importance of fostering the next generation of researchers.

We need you - our members - to support this entirely donor-funded initiative!

  • Support these scholars through a donation to the Ruby Fund. The 40 for 40 Fellowship is entirely donor-funded, providing a unique way for the policy community to support its rising members. We need your support to make this happen.
You may also include a donation with your conference registration.
  • Nominate colleagues and recent graduates for their research contributions (or apply yourself). Selected fellows will receive a stipend for travel to attend the conference in Washington, DC, hotel accommodations, a plaque and the opportunity to network with the best and brightest in the policy community.
The returns to networking and engaging with the latest research are undoubtedly higher for emerging scholars than any other group. Let’s give them this lift—APPAM 40 for 40! "
Carolyn Heinrich, APPAM Past President,
Vanderbilt University Professor and Co-Director of the
International Education Policy and Management Program
Share the 40 for 40 Fellowship:
Download this informational PDF and this banner JPG to share with your colleagues. Or help spread the fellowship details on social media using #APPAM40 and @APPAM_DC.
Join the APPAM Policy Council
Since 2013, APPAM's individual members elect three new people to the Council each year, while APPAM's institutional members elect one person to serve on the Council. The Policy Council is the Association's leadership team, our Board of Directors, and is responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association.

The three person cohort consists of: 1) a member working in an academic setting, 2) an early career member working in an academic setting. Early career is defined as being within 10 years of the receipt of the terminal degree, 3) a member working in a non-academic setting.

The term is 4 years and the election will be held in December. Serving on the Council is a great opportunity to become more engaged in APPAM activities and make decisions that impact the strategic direction of the organization. The Policy Council meets twice a year and all Council Members serve on at least one committee throughout the year.

All nominations are due by August 31.

Email Tara Sheehan if you are interested in running for a Policy Council position or if you have any questions about serving.
Policy Council Nominees:
APPAM is committed to building a culture of diversity in its leadership. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to consider running for the Policy Council.  
Meet the 2018 Equity & Inclusion Fellows
Congratulations to our 2018 Fellows!

The 2018 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship supports the travel and participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 8 - 10, in Washington, DC.

While at the conference, fellows will have the opportunity to formally network with each other and with members of the Policy Council and Diversity Committee at a networking reception and the Fellowship Luncheon, recognizing them and their accomplishments.

The fellows are also encouraged to take part in our Mentor Matching Program, designed to connect APPAM student members with professionals for meaningful job and research mentorship.

Sign Up to be a Mentor
Launched in 2016 by the APPAM Student Advisory Committee, what started out as an informal speed mentoring program has now grown to dozens of one-on-one mentor/mentee pairings between policy scholars and student members.

While these pairings have historically only connected during the APPAM Annual Fall Research Conference, we are now expanding the program beyond the Annual Fall Research Conference. We are encourage our professional members to apply to the program to connect and expand their professional networks throughout the year and beyond.

Public Policy Camp:
Save the Date for Two 2018 Public Policy Camps!
Public Policy Camp is an initiative to introduce the field of public policy to a group of students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, as well as increase the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools.

After our inaugural camp at George Washington University, we are thrilled to announce two upcoming Public Policy Camps in September:
Syracuse University
September 21, 2018
UC Riverside
September 28, 2018
Institutional Member Forum:
At the Intersection of Data Science and Social Science with APPAM and Mathematica Policy Research
The proliferation of new digital data sources and the development of new programming languages that can quickly make sense of these data are changing the nature of how public policy makers and the general public understand how government works – and when it doesn’t.

Save the Date!
September 13, 2018 | Luncheon (exact time TBD)
Mathematica Policy Research DC office

Initially, many established social science researchers scoffed at the idea that their computer science colleagues could find meaningful ways to harness big data for public good, but more and more data scientists are doing just that. This discussion will focus on the road ahead for data and social science, how to communicate better when the lanes merge, and what this all means for getting to better-informed policies and programs that improve public well-being.

Host a forum:
Institutional Member Forums were created to help better connect the worlds of research and policy. Review the forum information and submit a proposal here.
APPAM Leadership Blog:
Greetings from JPAM's New Editor
By Erdal Tekin , JPAM Editor-in-Chief

I am honored to assume the responsibilities of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management beginning July 1, 2018. It is a much-cherished gift to be the Editor-in-Chief of JPAM and I am proud and excited for the next chapter in my professional life. But, I am also well aware of the responsibilities that this role entails, so frankly, I approach this with both excitement and some anxiety.

I feel extremely fortunate to have an editorial team with outstanding credentials. Each member of the team has a proven record of engaging in research on frontier topics that bear on issues that matter most for the readers of JPAM, and bring a diverse range of intellectual interests across many disciplines. Thank you to those who have agreed to serve JPAM along with me. With fresh enthusiasm, I hope that our journal will continue to flourish and advance in scope and depth, attracting more and more authors both from the traditional and emerging research fields of public policy and management.

Call to Action:
2020 Census Proposed Citizenship Information Collection
The Commerce Department has announced plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Census Bureau formally invited public comment on the proposed information collection on the 2020 Census.  Comments are due by August 7 th .

There are two ways to comment online:
  • Through a portal established by top civil rights organizations, which will help census supporters keep track of the number of comments submitted to date.
  • Directly through the federal website here identified by Docket Number USBC-2018-0005.

Census supporters feel that as many short, simple, factual submissions as possible hold the greatest likelihood of influencing the final outcome. No editorializing is needed, only a succinct statement of one or more pieces of evidence grounded in research or one’s own professional or personal experience.

Find the federal register notice  here. The administrative record on the decision to include the citizenship question is here. The 2020 Census questionnaire is here.
APPAM Members in the News
Maria Cancian, currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Follette School of Public Affairs, was named as dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy, effective Feb. 1, 2019.

"An economist by training, Cancian will offer the deanship of the McCourt School a sophisticated blend of experience in academic leadership and research and a strong track record of impactful public service."
Judith Scott-Clayton released a new report via Brookings about disparities in student loan default across race and sector.

"One of the most striking patterns emerging from that report and other prior work is how dramatically default rates vary by institution sector and by race/ethnicity: black, non-Hispanic entrants and for-profit entrants experience default at much higher rates than other students. In this report, I use the same source of data to examine whether these disparities in default rates can be explained by other factors."

UC Riverside professor Karthick Ramakrishnan was featured on NBC News regarding

Ron Haskins from Brookings Institute participated in the American Enterprise Institute's debate series on poverty and social policy.

"Amidst labor force participation concerns in the United States, work requirements in safety net programs are receiving heightened attention. In this installment of AEI's Poverty and Social Policy Debate Series, Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution will debate Heather Hahn, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, on the merits of work requirements in safety net programs."
Laura Diaz Anadon, University of Cambridge, was awarded the 2018 Fundacion Banco Sabadell Prize for Economic Research.
Travis St.Clair from NYU Wagner published a new paper in the Journal of Urban Economics on how revenue uncertainty affects the performance of local government.

"Revenue uncertainty is a common concern among public administrators, but little research examines its effects on service delivery. Using a novel empirical strategy to capture how revenues deviate from administrators’ expectations, we estimate the impact of revenue uncertainty on Ohio public school districts’ educational effectiveness."
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Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
July 16 : Registration opens for the Fall Research Conference
August 15: 40 for 40 nominations close
September 21: Syracuse University Public Policy Camp
September 28: UC Riverside Public Policy Camp
September 30: Early registration closes for the Fall Research Conference

Membership question? Email Membership and Administration Manager Ryan Martz for assistance.
Member Renewal

Many members complete their annual renewal along with their Fall Research Conference registration.

You can find a full list of updated membership information here!