Dean Archibald awarded public service leadership award from the ASPA

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) has yearly awards for outstanding public service. This year the ASPA Evergreen Chapter held its award ceremony in the state capitol of Olympia. The Evans School was well represented.

Dean Sandra O. Archibald won the prestigious "Call of Duty Award" in recognition of her steady, effective leadership, and dedication to public service. 

A life in public service is one of the most honorable and satisfying careers anyone could have. This award honors those who have demonstrated a devotion to public service, either as a practitioner, as an academic who teaches and encourages students to enter public service, or any other individual who appreciates the value of public service, and provides support and encouragement so the best among us will follow this career path.

Evans Alums honored by University of Washington

Peter Chiarelli and Norman Rice

General Peter Chiarelli (‘80) is being awarded the Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award while the Honorable Norman Rice (‘74) is being awarded the Alumnus Summa Laude Dignatus. The awards are part of the 2017 Awards of Excellence.

All employees need to enroll in Duo before Spring Quarter ends!

As you may have heard, to increase security of employee data and other important information in computer databases from hackers and phishing scams, the UW is moving to two-factor authentication (2FA) through Duo Security. Enrollment is simple and sign-in options include using a smartphone, tablet, or desk phone. More details and enrollment information can be found here:

All employees need to enroll before the end of the quarter. As of May 22, Evans School enrollment is less than 25%. Please get signed up today! If you have any questions, please ask Kelly.

Workday coming June 2017

The University’s new human resources and payroll system, Workday, goes live on June 27. Have you had a chance to learn more about it?

Please visit this new website,, to learn more about Workday and the Integrated Service Center (ISC). The ISC is the new hub for all your benefit and general HR questions. It also provides more information about Workday. Videos about Workday can be found here:

You may also check with Michelle and Kelly to answer questions about Workday and how things will be different. Look for even more information from the UW and the Evans School in June!

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Call for Papers: The Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

Call for Papers Details

"Comparing Third Sector Expansions"


Abstract Submissions Deadline to Convener: August 1, 2017 (300 words)

Notification of Accepted Proposals: August 15, 2017

Full Paper Submission and Registration: September 30, 2017

The expansion of a third sector, between the state and market, has been a key dynamic in almost all societies since the final decades of the 20th Century. Worldwide, different nomenclature is used to describe the sector and the organizations, including nonprofit, nongovernmental, civil society, philanthropic, voluntary, community, and social economy. 

Duck Family workshop on Environmental Politics and Governance

The 3rd Duck Family workshop on Environmental Politics and Governance concluded on Friday, May 19. This workshop reflects the vision of Gary and Susan Duck to create a vibrant intellectual community of emerging scholars studying environmental issues.

Doctoral students Ryan Scott, Allison Kelly, and Kate Crosman all contributed as did Professor Laura Evans. 

The 2017 workshop showcased research on issues such as risk perception and environmental communication, renewable energy, bridge fuels, network analysis, environmental equity, business and the natural environment, non-traditional governance, environmental taxation, environment and development, local public goods, and trade and environment, and environmental activism. The empirical data were collected in a variety of countries such as Rwanda, India, China, Ethiopia, Switzerland, Egypt, and the United States.

MacArthur Foundation $19 million in available grants

MacArthur announced $19 million in new grants to support leadership by civil society, government, and the private sector on climate solutions that enhance the social, economic, and health benefits resulting from less-costly and less-polluting energy sources across the United States.

Associate Professor David Suárez recognized

Associate Professor David Suárez was honored by the Latino Center for Health for his scholarly achievements. The event that took place on May 16 was the first in what will be an annual gathering. Congratulations!

Evans School Advisory Board goes on a retreat

Here is Dean Archibald with (from left to right) outgoing Board Chair John Hoerster, incoming Board Chair Tom Waldron, and Senator Karen Fraser winner of the 2017 Evans School Excellence in Public Service Award.

The Evans School Advisory Board connects the school with the larger community. Board members are volunteers who help us forge meaningful ties among students, alumni, donors, community leaders, and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. Board members also serve as mentors for our students, showcasing the distinguished public and nonprofit service some of our graduates have come to exemplify.

Professor Layton to serve at the University of Johannesberg

Professor Layton has been invited to serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg in the Department of Economics and Econometrics to contribute to their new Public and Environmental Economics Research Centre. Congratulations!

A few announcements from the Alumni Relations Team

1) Parrington Appeal

Have you heard about the Evans School’s efforts to raise $20M to remodel Parrington Hall? We want to remove those pillars in the 108 classroom, along with adding three new interactive classrooms, six team rooms for project work, and Ph.D. office space. Consider a gift for Parrington Hall - your investment will make this possible!

2) FSR:

Thanks to all the Evans School faculty, staff, and retirees who have participated in UW's Faculty-Staff-Retiree Campaign. We have collectively raised over $428k (and counting) to support Evans School students! There's still time to participate—join your colleagues in supporting our students by making your FSR matched gift here.

3) The Class of 2017 Gift:

Graduating students, please donate to the the Class of 2017 Gift! Funds raised by our class will support Evans School student internships. Our Class Gift will offer future students the opportunity to pursue their career goals – regardless of what their dream internship pays.

How can you donate? Visit the Evans School Giving Page and click on “Class of 2017 Gift Fund” under “Other Ways to Give."

Questions? Contact Sean Williams at

Professor Cullen awarded new research contract

Professor Alison Cullen and Ph.D. candidate Ryan Scott were recently awarded a new research contract from the Global Good. The full title of their project is: “Estimating the value of surveillance data and health system monitoring in the context of disease modeling for decision making.”

Here is a snippet of their abstract about the work.

“Our value of information (VOI) effort constitutes an extension to an established line of research of the Institute for Disease Modeling and also builds on VOI analysis carried out at the Evans School. In global health, systematic measurement and data collection are often overshadowed by immediate intervention activities such as vaccination. Targeted data collection is anticipated to have value for informing model refinements and improving predictive power; in support of subsequent resource allocation decisions and programs; and in monitoring the effects of interventions, given spatial and population heterogeneity.” 

Sarah Paisner awarded funding from USDA

Evans School doctoral student Sarah Paisner and Professor Scott W. Allard received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS) to examine food insecurity and food purchases among particularly vulnerable populations, including the elderly and disabled. The team will be using unique survey data from the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS). Through this work, Paisner and Allard hope to identify strategies that can improve connections between food assistance resources and food insecure households with limited mobility.

Alec Kennedy awarded a fellowship

Alec Kennedy has been awarded the Graduate School's Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for 2017-2018. This competitive fellowship will fund him to work on his dissertation for one quarter next year with no work obligation (TA/RA-ship). 

Kennedy's dissertation title is "Consequences of Misassignment to Treatment: Examining the Impact of Three Targeted Policy Interventions in Education." His dissertation will examine three interventions in K-12 education: suspensions for non-violent offenses in elementary school, identifying and measuring disproportionate assignment of minority students to special education, and assigning students to bilingual or English immersion education.

Evans School Research Symposium

This year’s Evans School Research Symposium showed the diverse research interests and professionalism of our students. Topics ranged from better policing to flood risk management, forestry imaging, and transportation priorities. You can check out all the projects here. 

Emmi Obara receives 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

Obara’s research will be looking into prison and criminal justice policies using 15 years of data from the Bureau of Justice Statistic’s National Corrections Reporting Program data.

Obara will be examining trends of repeated releases and recidivism in the light of changes to sentencing policy. Professor Scott Allard is the advisor on this project.

Elena Swartz named a Luce Scholar

Elena Swartz (MPA '17) was selected as the University of Washington's candidate in a very competetive selection process. Swartz's professional interests are Humanitarian Aid and Emergency Management and has previously interned at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Congratulations! 

Research Showcased at 2017 Washington State Nonprofits Conference

The Nancy Bell Evans Center (NBEC) hosted a leadership track called "Trends in Turbulent Times" at this year's statewide conference. NBEC's Faculty Director, Professor Mary Kay Gugerty, discussed pay-for-performance and how to right-size evaluation. Professor Scott Allard and doctoral candidate Hilary Wething presented findings from the "Report on Nonprofit Response to the Minimum Wage." NBEC's Director, Erica Mills, moderated a session on gender pay inequity, which included highlights from "Hiring Best Practices: Salary Gap," a joint report by Waldron and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

Associate Professor Heather Hill published

Associate Professor Heather Hill, along with UW School of Social Work Associate Professor Jennifer Romich, published a policy recommendation called “Income Instability and Income Support Programs: Recommendations for Policy and Practice.” The piece was published in Family Self-Sufficiency and Stability Research Consortium

The brief provides background in income volatility and income support programs before making recommendations to policymakers.

Professors Alison Cullen and Leigh Anderson publish climate risk paper

Perception of Climate Risk among Rural Farmers in Vietnam: Consistency within Households and with the Empirical Record. Risk Analysis. Volume 37, Issue 3, March 2017, Pages 531–545.

"Rural farmers in Vietnamese communes perceive climate risk and potential impacts on livelihood within a complex context that may influence individual and household decisions. In a primary survey of 1,145 residents of the Thach Ha district of Ha Tinh province, we gathered
data regarding perception about stability in climate, potential risks to livelihood, demographic characteristics, orientation toward risk, and interest in expanding economic activity."

EPAR presents new reports on digital credit products and regulations

Evans School Policy Analysis & Research Group (EPAR) Co-Principal Investigator Leigh Anderson and Research & Strategic Initiatives Manager Pierre Biscaye presented new EPAR research on digital credit products and regulations at a digital credit workshop hosted by the Financial Services for the Poor Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which also featured a presentation by Matthew Flannery, Co-Founder of Kiva and Branch. Explore an interactive data visualization on the digital credit providers reviewed

Public Policy and Governance Beyond Borders

July 13 to 14 

Brussels, Belgium

Registration for the 2017 International Conference is open! This year's theme, "Public Policy and Governance Beyond Border", will highlight key areas of public policy, such as foreign policy and peace building, migration and refugees, social protection and development, health, education and employment, and innovation, to name just a few.


10th Annual Public Performance Conference-NCPP

September 28 to 29, 2017

David J. Sargent Hall

Suffolk University

120 Tremont St.

Boston, MA 

Announcing the 10th Annual Public Performance Conference hosted by the National Center for Public Performance, the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and the Suffolk University Institute for Public Service. The topic of this conference will be how organizations design, implement and sustain performance innovations that can withstand times of transition and change.

Performance measurement is becoming more and more common across the public and non-profit sectors. Organizations have proven to be very good at beginning performance and innovation initiatives, but less so when the longevity of these systems has been tested. We seek to better understand how performance measurement and management systems can withstand the pressures of political and institutional change and sustain themselves for the long term.

This conference will bring together the greatest minds in the professional and academic world to discuss performance innovations, best practices, and emerging paradigms of public performance.

2017 APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship application period is open

In an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, the Policy Council and APPAM’s Diversity Committee created the APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship in April 2016. Twenty-five students received the inaugural Fellowship during the 2016 Fall Research Conference.

Application Deadline: July 31

Fellowship Eligibility

  • PhD or Master’s students enrolled in a policy related program at an institution of higher education.
  • Must be able to attend the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 2 - 4, 2017, in Chicago, IL.
  • Applicants must be able to commit to 2 - 4 hours of volunteering at the 2017 Fall Research Conference. Volunteer activities include, but are not limited to, session blogging/live tweeting, performing room counts, and drafting session summaries.  

Student applicants must be members of a racial or ethnic minority group that is significantly under-represented in public policy, such as the racial or ethnic groups indicated in the voluntary demographic information section of this application.