Recent studies and reports worth a look February 23, 2018

1. Here’s the new Artificial Intelligence Job Opportunities and Background Summary Act of 2018.

2. Derrick Anderson (of Arizona State) and I wrote an introduction to our new JPART virtual issue on the public administration of knowledge organizations.

3. Are your citations inclusive?

4. “You’re interviewing for an entry level job and you’re terrified. But you can say, ‘I don’t give a damn’ if you don’t like them.” Good advice.

5. Robots are the near future.

Data for dissertations January 22, 2018

36356 Bridging the Gap, Elementary School Data (Food and Fitness Survey) http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36356.v1

36667 Eurobarometer 83.3: Europe 2020, Financial and Economic Crisis, European Citizenship, European Union Budget, and Statistical Literacy, May 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36667.v1

36670 Eurobarometer 84.3: Standard Eurobarometer 84, November 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36670.v1

36734 Eurobarometer 85.2: Standard Eurobarometer 85, May 2016 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36734.v1

Data for dissertations December 18, 2017

35467 Assessing Police Performance in Citizen Encounters, Schenectady and Syracuse, NY, 2011-2014
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35467.v1

36052 Synthetic North Carolina Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Data, 2009-2013
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36052.v1

36098 St Louis County Hot Spots in Residential Areas (SCHIRA) 2011-2013
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36098.v1

36244 Evaluation of the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program in Six States, 2004-2014
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36244.v1

36669 Eurobarometer 84.2: E-Communications in the Household, Awareness and Perception of Europeans about EU Customs, Europeans, Agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy, October 2015
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36669.v1

36682 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Egypt, 2015
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36682.v1

36751 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Swaziland, 2015
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36751.v1

36828 National Crime Victimization Survey, 2016
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36828.v1

36861 Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, 2016 [United States]
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36861.v1

36864 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in South Africa, 2015
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36864.v1

36868 Research on Pathways to Desistance [Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia County, PA]: Release Measures – Scales, 2000-2010 [Restricted]
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36868.v1

36031 Evaluation of the Shreveport, Louisiana Predictive Policing Programs, 2011-2012
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36031.v1

36097 Evaluation of the Elder Abuse Decision Support System (EADSS) in Illinois, 2011-2014
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36097.v1

36129 Evaluation of a Hot Spot Policing Field Experiment in St. Louis, 2012 – 2014
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36129.v1

36348 Identifying Effective Counter-Trafficking Programs and Practices in the Unites States, 2003-2012
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36348.v1

36446 A Multi-Method, Multi-Site Study of Gang Desistance, United States, 2012
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36446.v1

36562 Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), 2004-2015 [28 COUNTRIES]
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36562.v1

36668 Eurobarometer 84.1: Parlemeter, September 2015
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36668.v1

36677 The Prevalence and Nature of Intra-and Inter-group Violence in an Era of Social and Demographic Change, 2000-2014 [UNITED STATES]
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36677.v1

36698 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Zimbabwe, 2014
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36698.v1

36742 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Senegal, 2014
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36742.v1

36867 Research on Pathways to Desistance [Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia County, PA]: Collateral Measures – Scales, 2000-2010
http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36867.v1

More examples of nudges in the public sector

Here’s an interesting story about the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team. With some useful examples that might make for interesting classroom cases/exercises:

As an example, Moore pointed to a program in Lexington, Ky., where there were 7,000 overdue water bills that totaled about $4 million. A nudge in this situation meant sending a mailer alerting people to their delinquency. Some of them included handwritten notes addressing recipients by name. In less than a month, the campaign resulted in the reconciliation of $139,000 in unpaid bills.

Santiago Garces, chief innovation officer of South Bend, Ind., described BIT’s work in his city as “wizardry.” Using mapping, South Bend found that homeowners in low income areas were less likely to take advantage of mortgage-related tax exemptions they were entitled to. This is, in many ways, what behavioral influence looks like at its best: A hard data study upends a presumption (in this case, that lower income families would be most likely to pursue tax breaks) and city government subsequently works to nudge a behavioral change for the good of its residents.

Nudges aren’t limited to exerting public influence. Andres Lazo, director of citizen-centered design for Gainesville, Fla., said he was working to use the idea internally, a strategy Moore had seen deployed elsewhere to encourage employees to share efficiency ideas by offering incentives like recognition and prizes.

Data for dissertations October 17, 2017

36371 The Attack on America and Civil Liberties Trade-Offs: A Three-Wave National Panel Survey, 2001-2004 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36371.v1

36622 Johns Hopkins University Prevention Research Center – Risks for Transitions in Drug Use Among Urban Adults, Baltimore City, 2008-2011 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36622.v1

36652 Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Burkina Faso, 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36652.v1

36662 Eurobarometer 82.2: Quality of Transport, Cyber Security, Value Added Tax, and Public Health, October 2014 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36662.v1

36666 Eurobarometer 83.2: Perception of Security, Civil Protection, and Humanitarian Aid, March 2015 http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36666.v1