More thoughts on the DA-RT

Debate continues in political science on the DA-RT. I recently offered a few random thoughts on the debate; here are a few more.

  • The Journal of Applied Psychology requires that “all data in their published articles be an original use”. Specifically, “Any previous, concurrent, or near future use of data reported in a submitted manuscript must be brought to the editorial team’s attention (i.e., any paper(s) previously published, in press, or currently under review, as well as any paper(s) that foreseeably will be under review before an editorial decision is made on the current submitted manuscript)”. If it’s not original, it’s not eligible for publication in the JAP. Does DA-RT equate to importance?
  • How should proprietary data be handled? Is it a violation of TOS for one to post data obtained from ICPSR (where people associated with member institutions are given access to the data)? It certainly violates the TOS to repost data from TRAC. The Swedish twins data can’t be accessed outside Sweden and only by certified Swedish researchers; such issues are often present in the case of data with biometric measures. The trick, of course, in circumventing DA-RT (even if there is a clause for proprietary data) is to only analyze proprietary data.

As with the implementation of most good ideas, the devil is in the details.

Random thoughts on the DA-RT

Not all journals will sign the DA-RT, though some non-signatories will encourage archiving, etc. (We aren’t signing it on behalf of the Journal of Public Policy.) Not all disciplines have DA-RT-like mechanisms. Overall, my impression is that the way it’s been handled / debated in political science says more about the discipline than there being a right way to do “science”.

Here are two predictions: (1) this will reduce the volume of papers hitting the journals (because people will find the process to be a hassle); and (2) this will increase the volume of papers (because more data are now available for use in papers – the PSID/NES/GSS effect). Which will hold true?

As an aside, if data are so precious or difficult to obtain, why don’t people treat them like proprietary business information?

Privatizing the Polity

New from Holona LeAnne Ochs of Lehigh University:

Research on poverty and research on governance currently exist as largely disparate literatures without a framework for building knowledge regarding how policies and practices compare as poverty alleviation strategies. In Privatizing the Polity, Holona LeAnne Ochs examines the evolution of the governance of welfare programs across the United States. Throughout the political spectrum the trend in recent decades has been towards welfare privatization, shifting the boundaries of poverty governance from public to private actors—whether they are foundations or social entrepreneurs—whose interests in poverty governance are more obscure. The analysis of more than eighteen years of data suggests that strategies of devolution and privatization make it more difficult for people to move out of poverty. At the same time the framework for understanding the governance structures, enactment practices, and social wealth leverage presented in Privatizing the Polity offers numerous opportunities for acquiring a deeper understanding of assumptions formerly taken for granted and redirecting the system to enhance poverty alleviation.


The regulation of new organizational forms

“Efficiencies and Regulatory Shortcuts: How Should We Regulate Companies like Airbnb and Uber?”, a new working paper from the Harvard Business School NOM Unit:

New software platforms use modern information technology, including full-featured web sites and mobile apps, to allow service providers and consumers to transact with relative ease and increased trust. These platforms provide notable benefits including reducing transaction costs, improving allocation of resources, and information and pricing efficiencies. Yet they also raise questions of regulation, including how regulation should adapt to new services and capabilities, and how to correct market failures that may arise. We explore these challenges and suggest an updated regulatory framework that is sufficiently flexible to allow software platforms to operate and deliver their benefits, while ensuring that service providers, users and third parties are adequately protected from harms that may arise.

This is one of the more difficult challenges in today’s regulatory environment.

“Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation”

The 4th edition, by Newcomer, et al., now out on Jossey-Bass:

The leading program evaluation reference, updated with the latest tools and techniques The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation provides tools for managers and evaluators to address questions about the performance of public and nonprofit programs. Neatly integrating authoritative, high-level information with practicality and readability, this guide gives you the tools and processes you need to analyze your program’s operations and outcomes more accurately. This new fourth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised, with new coverage of the latest evaluation methods, including: * Culturally responsive evaluation * Adopting designs and tools to evaluate multi-service community change programs * Using role playing to collect data * Using cognitive interviewing to pre-test surveys * Coding qualitative data You’ll discover robust analysis methods that produce a more accurate picture of program results, and learn how to trace causality back to the source to see how much of the outcome can be directly attributed to the program. Written by award-winning experts at the top of the field, this book also contains contributions from the leading evaluation authorities among academics and practitioners to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date reference on the topic. Valid and reliable data constitute the bedrock of accurate analysis, and since funding relies more heavily on program analysis than ever before, you cannot afford to rely on weak or outdated methods. This book gives you expert insight and leading edge tools that help you paint a more accurate picture of your program’s processes and results, including: * Obtaining valid, reliable, and credible performance data * Engaging and working with stakeholders to design valuable evaluations and performance monitoring systems * Assessing program outcomes and tracing desired outcomes to program activities * Providing robust analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data Governmental bodies, foundations, individual donors, and other funding bodies are increasingly demanding information on the use of program funds and program results. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation shows you how to collect and present valid and reliable data about programs.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computational Social Science

Assistant/Associate Professor of Computational Social Science

The Department of Political Science and the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs invite applications for a joint tenure-track assistant or associate professorship starting in August 2016. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to examine and use large and/or untraditional data, with a specialization in one or more of the following areas: unstructured data, text analysis, machine learning, large network data, visualization, clustering, or other advanced computational methods. A Ph.D. in political science, public administration, public policy, sociology, statistics, computer science, operations research, or another appropriate discipline is required. This position is part of a university-wide initiative to recruit new faculty across disciplines to enhance the University’s ability to engage in Informatics-based instruction and world-changing scholarship.

Candidates must demonstrate the potential for excellence in scholarship. Those with a clear potential and prospects for securing external research funding are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current curriculum vitae, a recent publication or research-related writing sample, teaching evaluations (if available), and three letters of recommendation either electronically to or by mail to Keith T. Poole, Computational Social Science Recruitment Committee Chair, Department of Political Science, Baldwin Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-1615. Applications received by October 2, 2015, will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information about the departments visit and

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

“Public Value and Public Administration”

Edited by Bryson, Crosby, and Bloomberg, is now available.

Governments and nonprofits exist to create public value. Yet what does that mean in theory and practice?

This new volume brings together key experts in the field to offer unique, wide-ranging answers. From the United States, Europe, and Australia, the contributors focus on the creation, meaning, measurement, and assessment of public value in a world where government, nonprofit organizations, business, and citizens all have roles in the public sphere. In so doing, they demonstrate the intimate link between ideas of public value and public values and the ways scholars theorize and measure them. They also add to ongoing debates over what public value might mean, the nature of the most important public values, and how we can practically apply these values. The collection concludes with an extensive research and practice agenda conceived to further the field and mainstream its ideas.

Aimed at scholars, students, and stakeholders ranging from business and government to nonprofits and activist groups, Public Value and Public Administration is an essential blueprint for those interested in creating public value to advance the common good.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Georgia

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Policy

The University of Georgia’s School of Public & International Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in public policy. Exceptional candidates may be appointed at the associate professor level. Appointment begins in August 2016. Candidates should demonstrate a substantive policy specialization. A Ph.D. in public policy, economics, sociology, political science, public administration, or other appropriate discipline is required. Teaching is predominately at the graduate level and includes courses in policy analysis, policy process, or program evaluation, and other substantive policy courses. Successful candidates will contribute to our MPA and Ph.D. programs and demonstrate evidence of research productivity. Candidates with a clear potential and prospects for (or demonstrated success in) securing external research funding are especially encouraged to apply. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation.

Applications received by November 1, 2015 are guaranteed full consideration. Applications should be sent either as email attachments to or by mail to: Public Policy Recruitment Committee, Department of Public Administration & Policy, 204 Baldwin Hall, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-1615.

For more information about the Department, visit

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Assistant Professor in Political Science and Public Policy, LSE

From Martin Lodge at LSE:

LSE values diversity and strives to promote equality at all levels

Department of Government

Assistant Professor in Political Science and Public Policy

Salary is competitive with Departments at our peer institutions worldwide and not less than £51,908 per annum inclusive

We are looking to recruit a new tenure-track Assistant Professor in Political Science and Public Policy. This post is to add to our existing strengths in comparative public policy, public administration, and regulation. Candidates should have a strong research and teaching interest in comparative public policy and administration/management, broadly defined. Candidates should have advanced training in research methods. We welcome candidates with expertise in any region or country and/or policy area.

The successful candidate should expect to contribute to and provide courses that fall within the teaching portfolio of our BSc, MSc, MPA and PhD programmes in public policy and administration, and related subjects.

The successful candidate should normally have, or be close to obtaining (by 1 September 2016), a PhD in political science, public policy and administration or a closely related field. Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills and relevant teaching experience. Candidates should also have an outstanding research track record and trajectory, as evidenced by existing publications or potential to publish in top journals in political science and/or public policy.

The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification,
which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.

In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include a defined benefits pension scheme, a research incentive scheme with personal reward options, generous research leave (sabbatical) entitlement, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities.

The post will start on 1 September 2016.

To apply for this post please go to ‘ at LSE’ and select “Vacancies”.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 28 September 2015 (midnight, UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the Department and present their research on 17-19 November 2015.

NASPAA Announces 2015 Award Recipients for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service

A trifecta for UGA: Hal Rainey, Jekyung Lee, and (new faculty member) Tyler Scott!

NASPAA Announces 2015 Award Recipients for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service

Best Dissertation Award: Tyler Scott, University of Washington

Dissertation Title: Do All of These Meetings Matter? Three Essays Concerning the Impact of Collaborative Watershed Governance

(Award Committee Members: Mary Beth Walker, Georgia State University; Göktuğ Morçöl, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg; Art Sementelli, Florida Atlantic University; Gary Marshall, University of Nebraska Omaha; Stephen Page, University of Washington; John McNutt, University of Delaware; Ken Button, George Mason University; Tom Rabovsky, Indiana University, Bloomington; Evgenia Gorina, The University of Texas at Dallas; Jerrell Coggburn, North Carolina State University)

William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award: Hal Rainey, The University of Georgia

(Award Committee Members: Phil Joyce, University of Maryland; Katherine Willoughby, Georgia State University; Stuart Bretschneider, Syracuse University)

Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Manuscript Award: Jekyung Lee, The University of Georgia

Title: Goal Ambiguity and Job Satisfaction in U.S. Federal Agencies

(Award Committee Members: Craig Shinn, Portland State University; Amanda Olejarski, Shippensburg University; John Rivera, University of Guam)

Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award: Beverly Cigler, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg

(Award Committee Members: Sheldon Edner, George Mason University; Uday Desai, University of New Mexico; Denise Scheberle, University of Colorado Denver)

Staats Emerging Scholars Award: Katie Vinopal, American University; Will Swan, Florida State University; Jeongyoon Lee, The University of Albany – SUNY; David Carter, University of Colorado Denver

(Award Committee Members: Burt Barnow, George Washington University; Trevor Brown, The Ohio State University; Kirsten Grønbjerg, Indiana University, Bloomington)

Diversity Award: University of Connecticut

(Award Committee Members: Blue Wooldridge, Virginia Commonwealth University; Brandi Blessett, Rutgers University – Camden; Kris Norman-Major, Hamline University)

Social Equity Award: The New School

(Award Committee Members: Mohamad Alkadry, Florida International University; Mary Hamilton, University of Nebraska Omaha; Christina Medina, New Mexico State University, Lina Svedin, University of Utah)

Pi Alpha Alpha Masters Manuscript Award: Sandra Matar, University of Massachusetts Boston

Manuscript Title: A “Social” Government: Municipal Use of Social Media In Massachusetts

(Award Committee Members: Craig Shinn, Portland State University; Amanda Olejarski, Shippensburg University; John Rivera, University of Guam)

Journal of Public Affairs Education Outstanding Article Award: Roger Rose, University of Minnesota, Morris

Manuscript: Student Preferences for Federal, State, and Local Government Careers: National Opportunities and Local Service Volume 21(1) February 2015

(Award Committee Chairs: David Schultz, Hamline University; Marieka Klawitter, University of Washington)