Past Presentations


Research on Demand: Nonpartisan agency provides legal, fiscal, research, bill-drafting, and administrative services; committee staffing; computer database management; public information programs and publications


Simon Burger

The Effects of Demographic Change on NJ Medicaid Policy


Kelly Dowd

Monarch Housing: Ending Homelessness in NJ


Peter Grof

Building Communities From Scratch


Emily Guskin

ABC News Polling Unit


Jason Kleinman

From Research To Lobbying: How Think Tanks Influence Public Policy


Van Maren

How to Teach A Man to Fish: An Examination of International Development Aid


Joy Mears

Analyzing Interview Time of Day and Respondent Gender in RDD Telephone Interviews



OMB Oversight: Promoting Efficiency and Transparency Across City Agencies



New Jersey State Republican Committee: Getting Republicans elected and driving a party message


Sarah Pooley

COSAC: Mobilizing and Empowering New Jersey' Autism Community


Ashleigh Walker

New Jersey's State Rental Assistance Program: A Path to Evaluation



Grassroots, Lobbying, and Policy Research: Advocacy at AARP

Long Hill

Umit Alsac

Reinventing Government Through Strategic Sourcing Of Goods & Services


Ruthanne Haut

Twenty Seven Years Later: The Status of Superfund Sites within the City of Houston


Ben Husch

The Office of Management and Budget: Non-partisan Washington in Action


Tejas Kadia

Food Sovereignty: Creating Sustainable Living and Real Food Security


Naomi Mueller

Banking the Unbanked: How Governments Can Incentivize Banks to Service the Poor


Orin Puniello a Look at Public Policy Advocacy and the Internet


Politics and Policy


Aaron Todd
“Interest Group Interaction in a Comprehensive Economic Development Initiative’s Planning Phase”

Many successful community development initiatives are designed as public-private partnerships. New York City is piloting a new initiative – Comprehensive Neighborhood Economic Development (CNED) – that is a partnership between three interest groups: City government, community-based organizations, and philanthropic foundations. This paper explores the issues that arise between and within interest groups and stresses transparency in all decision-making actions as the key to success during the planning phase of such an initiative.


Angele Cabanilla
“Politics and Policy: The Federal Budget Process and the Role of OMB”

The federal budget embodies the conflicts, negotiations, and compromises made between the President and Congress. This paper discusses the history of the federal budget, the power struggle between the President and Congress to control the process, and the expanding role of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a policy-making institution. It analyzes the FY2007 appropriations process, pending line-item veto legislation, and the use of Statements of Administration Policy to illustrate main arguments.


Performance & Evaluation


Tim MacKinnon
“Center for Government Services Course Evaluation Review: Fall 2005/Spring 2006”

The Center for Government Services (CGS) offers over 100 professional courses to students in 16 program areas. Students evaluate their experience in exit surveys. The objective of the evaluation was to identify the strengths and weaknesses of CGS courses, instructors, and locations in an effort to enhance the educational mission of the CGS. The results of the evaluation appear in report to be presented to the Dean of the Bloustein School, and will appear as part of my AFE paper.

Raphael Isaac

Raphael Isaac
“Challenges and Obstacles in Survey/Questionnaire Design: A Case Study”

Survey/questionnaire design is an integral part of the job of many social scientists, including those who study policy outcomes. While it can be a very rewarding experience, it is also a rather time-consuming process that requires a significant amount of manpower and funding dollars. This paper details the progress begun this past summer on a research questionnaire intended to increase our knowledge regarding the usage of mediation models in countries across the globe for the Institute for Collaborative Engagement.

Amy Denholtz

Amy Denholtz
“OMB's Strategies for Managing the Federal Government through Performance Measurement”

One of the many roles of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is to evaluate the performance of government programs. The OMB uses the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART) to measure performance with the goal of providing greater government accountability and transparency. This paper focuses on how the PART assessments are analyzed as a component of the budgetary process in OMB's policy decision-making.


Housing & Investment

Leah Apgar

Leah Apgar
"New Jersey Community Capital: A Market Study"

This paper discusses the process and need for market studies when initiating a new business. It focuses on New Jersey Community Capital and its need for a market study, specifically in relation to its Small Business Investment Company, University Ventures. Highlighted are the findings of the market study and how they informed the strategy University Ventures would undertake to effectively utilize its available resources to make significant investments in New Jersey businesses.

Alexis Murono

Alexis Murono
“FHA’s Market Share Loss and Its Impact of Housing Policy Reform”

Historically, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) dominated the mortgage insurance market. Over the past five years, however, with the increase in predatory lending practices and subprime lending, FHA’s position in the market has dropped precipitously. To help FHA recapture market share, legislation has been introduced to reform FHA’s policies. This paper will describe the major changes in the home financing market and the potential impacts of the proposed policy changes to FHA.

John Lazarus

John C. Lazarus
“The Dirty Bubble: Understanding Patterns of Home Price Appreciation in NJ”

This paper discusses flaws in the prevailing metrics for assessing the existence of price bubbles in regional housing markets, and offers an alternative method for calculating the user cost of housing. This method is applied to data for New Jersey’s ten MSAs in order to better understand historical price appreciation patterns. Also discussed are the supply and demand factors currently impacting the housing market in New Jersey.


Kevin Hurley

Kevin Hurley
“Property Taxes: Will homeowners be able to afford their own homes?”

AARP New Jersey is dedicated to solving the problem of high state property taxes. Out of control property taxes are forcing many older New Jerseyans to leave the homes they have worked all their lives to maintain. This paper focuses on the many facets surrounding the property tax issue within New Jersey. Topics touched upon within this piece range from the regressive nature of the property tax to the viable alternatives available to New Jersey.