Conference Participation Record

Upcoming Events

GWIPP is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Shapiro Policy Research Competition. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 12th, 2014.


November 6, 2014

Tracking the Dynamics of Network Relations in Industry Clusters: A Workshop

Advances over recent decades in the realms of industrial geography and information technology are enabling innovative efforts to map and track relationships among firms, particularly within and between regional industry clusters. GWIPP organized a public workshop at GW's Marvin Center to discuss several such efforts by researchers at the Cork (Ireland) Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland-College Park, and Optimal Solutions. Presentations included:

Visualization of Linkages in Networked Clusters – John Hobbs, Department of Management and Enterprise, Cork Institute of Technology
A presentation of methods and findings concerning the internal and value chain linkages of firms in the Irish biopharmaceutical and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors.

Network Models of Regional Innovation Clusters and Their Impact on Economic Growth – C. Scott Dempwolf, Director, University of Maryland-Morgan State Joint Center for Economic Development, University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
An introduction to and assessment of the tools, models, and metrics of network-based cluster analysis. 

The Evolution of Cluster Service Provider Networks –  Alex Monnard, Optimal Solutions Group
An assessment of the effects of recent federal efforts to facilitate regional cluster growth through supporting the efforts of regional service providers such as industry associations, community colleges, Manufacturing Extension Partners, and Small Business Development Centers.

Twenty-five people participated in the workshop, including representatives from federal agencies, GW and other universities, trade associations, and nonprofit research organizations.

November 3, 2014

Eric Stokan presented a GWIPP Policy Methods Workshop entitled "Dataset Construction, Manipulation, & Management Using Stata." To download auxiliary materials click here.

GWIPP Policy Methods Workshop: 
"Dataset Construction, Manipulation, & Management Using Stata."
Eric Stokan, PhD Candidate, TSPPPA
Noon - 1:30 in Marvin Center 413

This is a brown bag seminar. Please RSVP to YoungG@gwu.edu.

Event Description: Often students and faculty in public policy and public administration that use quantitative analysis to seek answers to social phenomena receive excellent training in research design, research methods, statistical theory, and even applied statistics. Yet, most students and newly minted faculty members spend a considerable amount of time managing, cleaning, and preparing datasets for statistical analyses with little formal training. This 1.5 hour seminar provides description and examples of the most commonly needed tools to prepare a dataset for analysis in STATA. Topics to be addressed include how to merge and append datasets, how to rearrange or reshape datasets, and how to prepare documentation for quality control checks. Furthermore, some commands in STATA can be helpful for manipulating variables and computing new variables. This presentation will cover conditional statements, looping techniques, and advanced techniques for those using panel or longitudinal data. Finally, handouts will be provided to participants with other useful techniques in Excel and documentation for the STATA commands used in the presentation.

October 20, 2014

For a GWIPP Methods Seminar Professor Burt Barnow of TSPPPA presented an introduction to issues in using randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate social programs. The seminar was intended to provide an introduction to the use of RCTs for people who have not studied the issue in depth. Topics covered included deciding whether an RCT is appropriate, establishing the right counter factual, dealing with no-shows and crossovers in the analysis, biases that arise even when RCTs are used, limitations of RCTs, and an introduction to establishing an appropriate sample size. See Prof. Barnow's presentation here

October 15, 2014

Andrew Reamer submitted recommendations to the White House Office of Management and Budget regarding the justification, design, distribution, and administration of the Commerce Department's proposed Competitiveness Enhancement Needs Assessment Survey.

October 14, 2014

Andrew Reamer provided suggestions to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the White House Office of Management and Budget for revising the 2014 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad to enable mapping of global value chains and the measurement of trade in value-added.

October 8, 2014

Andrew Reamer published an updated version of "Public and Private Sources of Education and Workforce Data," which provides summary profiles of 32 data sources in a table format.

October 6, 2014

Garry Young speaks to the New York Times on DC statehood in"The State of the Non-State, Washington, DC."

September 23, 2014

In response to a White House request, Andrew Reamer submitted "Suggested Approach to Revising Strategy for American Innovation" for consideration by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council.

September 15, 2014

At the 2014 meeting of the American Politicl Science Association, Clarence Stone took part in a Roundtable discussion of Future Directions in Urban Theory.  The meeting was held in August in Washington, DC.

September 12, 2014

Andrew Reamer released three new papers on invention and economic growth. These are public versions of ones he produced for the Lemelson Foundation earlier this year. They are "The Impacts of Technological Invention on Economic Growth – A Review of the Literature," "Indicators of the Capacity for Invention in the United States," and "National Nonprofit Organizations That Inspire and Enable Invention and Invention-based Enterprises."

June 10, 2014

Hal Wolman has had Volume 1 and Volume 2 of his report, "National Fiscal Policy and Local Government during the Economic Crisis," published in GMF's Urban and Regional Policy Series.

May 29, 2014

Andrew Reamer presented "Efforts to Measure Trade in Value-Added and Map Global Value Chains: A Guide" at the Industry Studies Association Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. The powerpoint from this presentation are available online.

May 9, 2014

Andrew Reamer presented his recent research note on GDP estimates to the BEA Advisory Committee. The powerpoint of this presentation is available online.

April 25, 2014

Andrew Reamer has released the research note titled, "Stumbling into the Great Recession: How and Why GDP Estimates Kept Economists and Policymakers in the Dark."

April 23, 2014

Andrew Reamer posted online "Public and Private Sources of Education and Workforce Data," a spreadsheet.

April 12, 2014

Clarence Stone has been awarded the 2014 UAA Service Honor Roll for his outstanding scholarship, service, and mentoring that have advanced the field of Urban Affairs.




The George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) serves as a university-wide center for faculty and graduate students engaging in research on important public policy issues. GWIPP is a stand-alone unit reporting through Leo Chalupa (VP for Research) to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS) and the State and Local Fiscal Policy Research Program (SLFP) are housed within GWIPP.

GWIPP assists university faculty in preparing research proposals and budgets as well as managing funded public policy projects. GWIPP staff, research faculty, and graduate research assistants pursue a wide range of public policy research projects.

Additionally, GWIPP sponsors the Policy Research Scholars Program. This program, through a competitive process, provides support for faculty scholars writing research proposals. GWIPP also sponsors a series of events, including public policy research methods workshops, brown-bag lunch discussions amongst Policy Research Scholars, and other talks and conferences. Many of these are co-sponsored by other policy units in the university.

GWIPP coordinates closely with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) which offers a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration, a Master's of Public Policy, and a Master's of Public Administration.

GWIPP's Internal Steering Committee provides guidance for GWIPP and its operations. GWIPP's External Advisory Committee helps connect the research capabilities of GWIPP with policy issues so that careful policy research and evaluation can effectively inform the policy process.

Significant Features of the Property Tax Data Collection

This multi-year undertaking between the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and GWIPP aims to provide a rich compendium of data and information for policymakers, practitioners, elected officials, researchers, and journalists on the local property tax in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  It is inspired by and meant to replace, at least partially, the Significant Features of Fiscal Federalism report that the US Advisory Commission of Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR) published annually before the Commission was disbanded in 1996.  This online database makes it easy to compare features of the property tax across states or to learn about the property tax in detail for one or more specific states.

Contact Cathy Collins at collins2@gwu.edu for information.


GWIPP sponsors a Public Policy Research Methods Workshop series each academic year. These workshops are intended to introduce faculty and graduate students to research methods relevant to public policy research. GWIPP also occasionally co-sponsors policy research events with other academic units throughout the university. If you would like to be notified of upcoming GWIPP events, please sign up for the GWIPP listserv.