Student Update
June / 2018
Due Next Week: Proposals for Student Professional Development Sessions
APPAM is seeking to host a series of sessions specifically programed for student member attendees throughout the 2018 Fall Research Conference.

We invite all policy professionals and students to submit a session proposal(s) by June 20th on topics of interest to students such as resume tips and CV pointers, presentation skills, bridging the gap between graduate school and your policy career, and how to effectively communicate your research. Proposals are encouraged to be original in design and attract a broad audience of about 20 - 40 students and early career professionals.
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.

If you have just graduated and have a job (even if your student membership is still active), you are eligible for this fellowship! Or maybe you know someone who falls in that category?

Explore and pass on the nomination information below.

We are thrilled to commemorate the 40th Annual Fall Research Conference by honoring the contributions of early-career scholars and recognize the importance of fostering the next generation of researchers.
Who is Eligible:
  • Any public policy researcher, academic, or practitioner within five years of the receipt of their terminal degree.

  • APPAM membership is not required of the nominee or the nominator.

  • Nominees have exhibited innovation, promise, or insight in their position or through their research thus far.
Nomination Details:
Nominations can be sent to You may initiate an application for yourself, but must include a letter of recommendation.
  • Completed 40 for 40 Application.
  • Nominee CV.
  • Letter of Recommendation.
  • Summary of nominee publications and/or career accomplishments (no more than one page).
  • Nominations will be accepted until August 15, 2018.
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.
APPAM International Conference:
Explore Sustainable Development in Mexico City
The 2018 International Conference is right around the corner on July 19-20! This conference will host nearly 60 sessions and three plenaries built around the seven primary policy areas.

The 2018 theme, Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development, encompasses a great number of topics, including sustainable economic development, secure cities, social services, public participation, and environmental sustainability.

Explore the preliminary program here. Join researchers from around the world as they share unique perspectives on sustainability and development.
Location & Travel:
Hotels are filling up! Room blocks are not established for this conference, but APPAM will provide shuttles to and from select hotels near ITAM, the host institution.

2018 Mentor Matching Program
At the request of our student members, APPAM began the Mentor Matching Program at the 2016 Fall Research Conference. Participants have since given feedback that they would like the program to extend beyond the fall conference, so this year we are doing just that.

We will host a kick-off webinar this summer, a meet-up at the fall conference, and various online events to connect throughout the year. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to check-in at least once per quarter. The types of mentoring include:

  • Research guidance - feedback on current research, identifying potential collaborators or datasets, review of research strategies.
  • Professional development - career option information, interviewing assistance, teaching strategies, long-term career planning.
  • Document review - CV or resume, teaching statement, lesson planning.
  • Fellowship application assistance - application and proposal preparation, budgets, meeting requirements, deadline management.

This program will be live on the website in the next few weeks - check the APPAM homepage for further updates.
Upcoming Nominations:
Next month we will kick off solicitation for new members of the Policy Council, APPAM's leadership team. The Policy Council is responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association. Check July's Update for nomination information.
Institutional Member Forum:
At the Intersection of Data Science and Social Science
with APPAM and Mathematica
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.

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.

Save the date for this September 13 th luncheon
at the Mathematica Policy Research office in DC.

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:
Government Data is a National Treasure
By David Johnson , APPAM President

Having worked for 25 years in the Federal Statistical System, I have seen first-hand the importance of high quality data and the direct influence it has on government policy. And this is only possible because of sufficient funding, leadership, and dedicated staff.

I recall my first years at the Census Bureau (in 2006-2007) when the Administration proposed eliminating a key national data collection – the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). It was only with the coordinated effort of data users, researchers, and organizations that signatures from Senators and Representatives were obtained for a letter to “save the SIPP.” Support matters.

We all have a responsibility to ensure that the data we use for any analysis is accurate, timely, objective and relevant. And always remember to thank the federal agency staff who work hard to provide us with accurate, reliable and timely data.

2020 Census Proposed Information Collection Request for Comment :
The Census Bureau posted a request for comment on the proposed information collection on the 2020 Census.  Comments are due by August 7 th .

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
Judith Scott-Clayton was featured by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for her work on higher education data.

"But over the last decade-plus, as the data collected on students and the ability to analyze it has improved, so too has its use in shaping policymaking... Among this new group of researchers is Judith Scott-Clayton, an associate professor of economics and education at Teachers College of Columbia University."
Tom Brock was named the new director of the Community College Research Center (CCRC). He will succeed Thomas Bailey, the founding director of CCRC, who has been named the next president of Teachers College, Columbia University.
David Johnson, APPAM President from the University of Michican, joined Jon Schwabish on his Policy Viz podcast about survey design, analyzing the data, and the balance between consistency and improvements.
Eric Patashnik from Brown University wrote about the ongoing ACA repeal efforts for the Washington Post's Money Cage blog.

"As politicians and political scientists both know, the political sustainability of reforms can never be taken for granted. Even so, the duration and intensity of conservative resistance to the ACA is historically unusual."
University of Wisconsin's Tim Smeeding (20:00 mark) and Rourke O'Brien (38:00 mark) joined Vox's The Weeds podcast about America's declining birth rate.

Urban Institute's Caroline Ratcliffe wrote about asset limits and families’ financial security related to SNAP, one of America’s most critical and effective programs for families in poverty. Demetra Smith Nightingale and Pamela J. Loprest, also from Urban Institute, wrote about expanding work requirements for recipients of federal aid programs.

"As policymakers consider changes to SNAP and other elements of the safety net, they should consider how policies could harm the economic well-being and mobility of low-income Americans whom these programs are intended to assist." 

"Although access to college has expanded, graduation rates at community colleges remain low, especially for students who need developmental (remedial) courses to build their math, reading, or writing skills."
Have news to share?
We want to feature your work! Email coverage and information to .
Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
Mid-July: Notifications for Fall Research Conference submissions.
July 9: 2018 Kershaw, PhD Dissertation, and Rossi award nominations due
July 16 : Registration opens for the Fall Research Conference
August 15: 40 for 40 nominations close

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