Professional Update
April / 2018
APPAM International Conference:
Explore Sustainable Development in Mexico City
Please join us for the 2018 APPAM International Conference in Mexico City on July 19 - 20

The 2018 theme, Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development , will encompass a great number of topics embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations. These include Poverty, Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Climate Action.
This conference will host nearly 60 sessions and three plenaries built around the seven primary policy areas. Explore the preliminary program here. Attendees will enjoy two receptions and generous lunch schedules for optimal networking opportunities. Join researchers from around the world as they share unique perspectives on sustainability and development.

We hope to see you in Mexico City !
2018 Award and Fellowship Nominations Now Open
Nominations for the 2018 awards, as well as the application for the 2018 Equity and Inclusion Fellowship and the 40 for 40 Fellowship, are open. All recipients will be honored at the 2018 Fall Research Conference.

  • 40 for 40 Fellowship
This 2018-exclusive program will provide funding for 40 outstanding early career research professionals to attend the Fall Research Conference. Any public policy researcher, academic, or practitioner within five years of the receipt of their terminal degree is eligible.

  • Equity and Inclusion Fellowship
The Equity and Inclusion Fellowship supports the travel and participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the Fall Research Conference. Fellowship recipients will have the opportunity to formally network with each other and with members of the Policy Council and Diversity Committee, recognizing them, their accomplishments and their bright futures.

  • David N. Kershaw Award
The Kershaw Award and Prize was established to honor persons who, at under the age of 40, have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management. It consists of a commemorative medal and a cash prize of $10,000.

  • PhD Dissertation Award
The PhD Dissertation Award recognizes emergent scholars in the field by presenting an award for the best PhD dissertation in public policy and management. Winners receive a cash award in the amount of $1,500 in addition to a plaque, recognition at the annual Fall Research Conference, and publication of an abstract in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM).

  • Peter H. Rossi Award
The Rossi Award honors the lifetime achievements of Peter Rossi by recognizing important contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation. The awardee gives a major talk at the annual Fall Research Conference, and receives a plaque, reimbursement for travel expenses to the meeting, and a cash award in the amount of $2,000, and is given out every other year.

Institutional Member Forum:
State and Research University Partnerships in the Opioid Crisis
Opioid misuse is a major epidemic across the nation. Local and state officials bear the burden of responses to the epidemic and need assistance coordinating research and resources.

This Institutional Forum, held at Duke University, will connect the worlds of research and policy across this escalating public health epidemic, and will be a valuable opportunity for academics, researchers, and policy officials to exchange best practices for research and policy support in the face of this crisis.

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.
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 have held several of these sessions in the past on topics ranging from The Grant Writing Process, Tips for Getting Published, Policy Career Paths, and Data Visualization.

We invite all policy professionals and students to submit a session proposal(s) 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.

Regional Student Conferences:
2018 Student Conference Wrap-Up
APPAM hosted two regional student conferences in March and April, 2018. Read about each event, browse photos, and see the poster winners:
California Regional Student Conference
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA
March 9 – 10, 2018

DC Regional Student Conference
American University
Washington, DC
April 6 – 7, 2018

Thank you to our sponsors:
California Regional Conference Sponsors: Claremont Graduate University, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Pepperdine University, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Riverside, University of California San Diego and University of Southern California.

DC Regional Conference Sponsors: American University, College of William & Mary, George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
APPAM Leadership Blog:
We cover a lot of important policy topics at APPAM—this one on the opioid crisis is particularly meaningful
by Tara Sheehan, APPAM Executive Director

I know a lot about opioids. More than your average joe, anyway. As an idealistic college grad in the late 1990’s, I was positive that social work was the path for me. I wanted to get some direct service experience, then go into an Masters of Social Work program and go about my merry way, trying to make a difference in the world.

My first stop was a methadone clinic in Harlem, NY. I remember thinking that what we—as direct service providers—needed most, wasn’t what federal, state or local government was prescribing. There wasn’t widespread understanding at the time that opioid addiction could (and did) happen to anyone, there was frequent debate about the benefits of harm reduction (methadone clinics and needle exchanges then, Naloxone now) and there certainly wasn’t much sympathy for chronic users.

We cover a lot of important policy research and issues at APPAM—but this one is particularly meaningful. I hope we have record attendance at the APPAM/Duke Forum and I hope even more people catch the livestream. The only way we’re going to get a handle on this crisis is to talk about it and create opportunities for the people that are working on solving it to talk to each other, share resources and learn from one another. As much and as often as possible.

APPAM Members in the News
Ron Haskins, Brookings, introduced a new national policy campaign to improve outcomes for children in foster care. CHAMPS prioritizes the most powerful intervention for children in foster care: foster parents.

"Although quality of care has long been an issue, the current opioid problem brings much urgency to the need for quality foster parenting in communities across the country. Local and state child welfare systems are on the front lines of the national response, helping families and children affected by the devastating epidemic. For months, media has reported that increasing numbers of children are coming into foster care in many areas as a result of parental drug addiction, particularly to opioids."
Brian Jacob, non-resident Brookings Senior Fellow and professor at the University of Michigan, published findings that matched child maltreatment records in Michigan with educational data on all public school children in the state.

"We find that roughly 18 percent of third-grade students have been subject to at least one formal investigation for child maltreatment. In some schools, more than fifty percent of third graders have experienced an investigation for maltreatment. These estimates indicate that child abuse and neglect cannot simply be treated like a secondary issue, but must be a central concern of school personnel."
Anuj Gangopadhyaya, Urban Institute, co-published recommendations for further action on gun violence research.

"Last week, lawmakers added language to the omnibus spending bill clarifying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can fund gun violence research... This decision paves the way for three further moves to expand what we know about gun violence—and save lives."
MDRC's Susan Scrivener and Alyssa Ratledge published a study of the Three-Year Effects of CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Education Students:

"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."

"Already, some colleges have started to make impressive changes... In New York, community colleges in the CUNY network have created a program that nearly doubled graduation rates."
The Urban Institute published an extensive inforgraphic based on the research of members Caroline Ratcliffe and Signe-Mary McKernan:

"This map shows the geography of debt in America at the national, state, and county levels."
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Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
May 8: Governance Meetings: Executive Committee, Policy Council & Institutional Representatives
May 11: 2018 Pre-Conference Workshop proposals due
May 18 : Public Policy Camp proposals due
May 25: Equity and Inclusion Fellowship applications due

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