What is the Center for Applied Public Research?

The Center for Applied Public Research connects research with practice by advancing the public sector’s use of research and evidence to improve policy outcomes.The Center is part of John Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, which has a broader mission of improving the use of data and evidence among civic institutions. Civic Impact is also the umbrella organization for GovEx Academy, our training and education team, and GovEx, our technical assistance and customized coaching shop.

What’s the Economic Mobility Policy Forum?

The Economic Mobility Policy Forum is a virtual network of your public sector peers who are working to improve the lives of residents in their communities. We take an intergenerational approach to discussing economic mobility, and we define it as a person’s ability to improve their own labor market outcomes relative to that of their parents’.

What’s the purpose of the Economic Policy Forum?

The purpose of the Economic Mobility Policy Forum is to connect public sector employees across the country and offer them an easy and unique place to share and implement promising practices with their peers. The Forum also includes experts from the field and academia to round out the experience of our members.

Who are the participants?

Members of the Economic Mobility Policy Forum include leaders and staff from city and county government, nonprofits, school districts.

Why should I join?

The Economic Mobility Policy Forum is a low-cost opportunity to engage with your peers on a complex topic with real-world implications for many places, and that no one place can solve alone. Through access to your peer leaders, our Policy Fellows, and other experts as well as relevant and timely resources, the Policy Forum can transform the way that governments solve problems.

Who are the Policy Fellows?

Policy Fellows are public sector practitioners who have demonstrated success in improving outcomes for populations in the fields of health, housing, employment, and education, or other areas that drive economic mobility. The Policy Fellows are chosen annually through an open, competitive application process. The Policy Fellows answer questions and participate in discussions within the Forum, in addition to sharing their personal and professional experience and expertise.

Who are the subject matter experts?

In addition to learning from one another and the Policy Fellows, we bring in experts on a range of topics, from Johns Hopkins University and beyond. Subject matter experts present on a certain topic during 60 to 90 minute live sessions which are held at least monthly in the Forum. By participating in the Policy Forum, we also expect that you will leverage and share your experience and experience as it relates to the topics we discuss. Since we are always on the lookout for great examples, we may reach out to ask to share your project or perspective as part of a live session, too.

How much time should I dedicate to the Policy Forum?

It’s up to you! Live sessions are typically 60-90 minutes and take place on regular intervals, at least monthly. In addition these sessions are recorded and accessible for you afterward. Other resources such as recommendations for policy change and current research are accessible at your convenience through exclusive Forum web content. While the amount of time you can dedicate to the Forum varies, most members spend approximately 2-4 hours each month engaging with the community.

Will I be able to talk to my peers and subject matter experts?

Definitely! All Forum members have access to our Facebook group, where you can post your questions, comments, or whatever your working on to the group for feedback and support. During our live sessions, we always leave plenty of time for discussion and questions. You can type questions into the chat box or ask your question when the session opens up for Q&A. 

How do I stay engaged with my peers between live sessions?

We have a bonus Facebook group where you and your peers can share your experiences, articles you’ve recently read, and ask one another questions. 

How much does it cost to join the Policy Forum?

The sooner you become a member of the Forum, the less it will cost you to join. Each time Forum registration opens, the price goes up. For our March 2020 registration, you’ll pay either $30 per month or $270 for an annual membership. That means annual members get 3 months for free! Whatever rate you join is locked in for as long as you continually renew your membership. Members must give 30 days notice to terminate their participation by emailing appliedresearch@jhu.edu. We are unable to prorate memberships.

How do I register for the Forum?

It’s easy! Click here to get started with your registration. Regardless of whether you choose annual or monthly membership, our registration site will securely process your payment through PayPal.

What if my organization does not allow PayPal payments?

If your organization has a stated policy making it a violation to use PayPal, we can invoice your organization directly. Please note that due to administrative overhead, invoicing is only available for annual memberships. If you need to request an invoice, please email appliedresearch@jhu.edu before registration closes.

Do I have to use my own PayPal account to join?

No, you can use a company or someone else’s PayPal account if needed. Just be sure to let us know if the name associated with the PayPal account is different than the name you registered with by emailing appliedresearch@jhu.edu

Can I switch from a monthly to annual membership a few months after joining?

No, we are unable to change memberships once the registration period ends. If you choose monthly membership, you may switch to the annual rate when registration is open, however you will be locked in at that registration period’s annual rate, not the one from when you originally joined on a monthly payment plan. 

Who will I contact with questions or technical issues?

For questions about membership, content, or logistics, please contact appliedresearch@jhu.edu.