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  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation
  • APPAM Administrative Burdens Presentation

APPAM Fall 2022 Conference: SNAP Administrative Burdens Presentation

November 28th, 2022|Comments Off on APPAM Fall 2022 Conference: SNAP Administrative Burdens Presentation

By Stephanie Walsh In the context of governmental services, administrative burdens refer to the costs and barriers experienced by individuals. When burdens are high, the costs associated with benefit of public goods or services hinder [...]

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Heat or Eat? The Low-Income Home Energy Distribution Program (LIHEAP) and Its Implications for New Jersey

November 17th, 2022|Comments Off on Heat or Eat? The Low-Income Home Energy Distribution Program (LIHEAP) and Its Implications for New Jersey

By Josephine O'Grady. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) is a federal block grant program that assists low-income families with the cost of paying their utility bills in areas including extreme heat and cold, household revisions to improve energy efficiency [...]

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Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice in New Jersey

October 17th, 2022|Comments Off on Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice in New Jersey

By Jeanne Herb. Over the past year, the New Jersey State Policy Lab has provided support to a collaborative effort of the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the New Jersey Department of Environmental protection [...]

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What Influences Differences in New Jersey’s Municipal Tax Rates?

September 12th, 2022|Comments Off on What Influences Differences in New Jersey’s Municipal Tax Rates?

by Michael Lahr, Tia Azzi, and Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service It is vital for New Jersey policymakers to understand what affects municipal tax rates. In this brief, we analyze local government [...]

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Perspectives on Poverty in New Jersey, 2008-2020

June 9th, 2022|Comments Off on Perspectives on Poverty in New Jersey, 2008-2020

Maia de la Calle, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) The impact of the pandemic on poverty and inequality continues to be studied at a global and national scale.[1],[2] Although the U.S. Census data have yet [...]

State Equity Initiatives

June 2nd, 2022|Comments Off on State Equity Initiatives

by Marilyn Rubin Government actions have the potential to make a substantial and lasting impact on equity for all residents. One of government’s most powerful levers for advancing equity is its budget, “the medium through [...]

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Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice Action Planning

May 23rd, 2022|Comments Off on Advancing Municipal Environmental Justice Action Planning

By Rachel Brown For more than 50 years, community leaders and researchers have been drawing attention to disproportionate environmental burden and health disparities in low-income and communities of color. Here in New Jersey and as [...]

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Population Density and New Jersey’s Two Largest Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups in 2020

May 16th, 2022|Comments Off on Population Density and New Jersey’s Two Largest Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups in 2020

Tia Azzi and Michael Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Introduction This is the third brief that reports data on New Jersey from the 2020 decennial census. The first presents a summary dataset that R/Econ™ [...]

U.S. Census Bureau Classification of Arab Populations

April 25th, 2022|Comments Off on U.S. Census Bureau Classification of Arab Populations

by Tia Azzi, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) Introduction to the Arab Community Ethnic identity can be a complex topic, and one that is challenging to adequately capture in national surveys. The Middle East and [...]

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Digital Services and Administrative Burdens

April 18th, 2022|Comments Off on Digital Services and Administrative Burdens

By Jessica Cruz and Vishal Trehan Why isn’t the participation rate for the government’s welfare programs at 100%? Why do only 82% of those eligible under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) receive benefits? Given [...]

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From Emergency to Routine: Evaluating the Implementation of Technology for Government after COVID-19

April 4th, 2022|Comments Off on From Emergency to Routine: Evaluating the Implementation of Technology for Government after COVID-19

Leonor Camarena, PhD and Federica Fusi, PhD New Jersey was one of the first states to recognize the significance that technological advancements can have on the workforce and larger community. In October 2018, Governor Murphy [...]

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Release of “Evaluating Evaluations” Report

March 21st, 2022|Comments Off on Release of “Evaluating Evaluations” Report

Tracy P. Glova The New Jersey State Policy Lab today issued a report on evidence-based policymaking and program evaluation in New Jersey. “Evaluating Evaluations: Analyzing Evidence‐Based Policymaking in New Jersey and Insights from other Leading [...]

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A Multi-Decennial Census Data Set for NJ, 2010 and 2020 (and More): A New Jersey State Policy Lab Offering

March 10th, 2022|Comments Off on A Multi-Decennial Census Data Set for NJ, 2010 and 2020 (and More): A New Jersey State Policy Lab Offering

Maia de la Calle and Michael L. Lahr, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/Econ™) The New Jersey State Policy Lab started operating when some of the first local-level data were released from the 2020 Census. It, [...]

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Predictive Algorithms in the Public Sector

February 28th, 2022|Comments Off on Predictive Algorithms in the Public Sector

Vishal Trehan Some scholars, looking broadly at the impact of information and communications technologies (ICTs) on public administration, have argued that the use of ICT has led to structural changes in some public agencies, with [...]

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Equity in Government Budgeting

January 27th, 2022|Comments Off on Equity in Government Budgeting

Marilyn Rubin Opening the core routines of budgeting to include an equity dimension can make government more responsive to all its residents and can provide a pathway to a more equitable society. In this project, [...]

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The Challenges Associated with Making “Good” Public Policy

January 18th, 2022|Comments Off on The Challenges Associated with Making “Good” Public Policy

Stuart Shapiro The New Jersey State Policy Lab is dedicated to improving public policy through careful analysis of data and program evaluation. As many of our first projects near their conclusion though it is important [...]

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Evidence-Based Policymaking on the Federal Level

December 6th, 2021|Comments Off on Evidence-Based Policymaking on the Federal Level

Jennifer Spiegel 12-06-21 “Evidence-based policymaking” seems to be all the rage with think tanks, lawmakers, and governmental agencies, but what does it mean, really? Evidence-based policymaking uses the best available research and data to target [...]

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How States Can Improve Unemployment Insurance during the Pandemic

September 16th, 2021|Comments Off on How States Can Improve Unemployment Insurance during the Pandemic

Jennifer Spiegel The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn has brought about record job losses and the highest number of new unemployment claims since 1982. In mid-March 2020, new unemployment claims nationwide totaled [...]

US Treasury Department Provides Coronavirus Relief Grants to State & Local Government

September 2nd, 2021|Comments Off on US Treasury Department Provides Coronavirus Relief Grants to State & Local Government

Jennifer Spiegel To help Americans recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has authorized the U.S. Treasury Department to set up coronavirus relief grants to state and local governments for economic [...]

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Applying an Equitable Lens to Evidence-Based Research

August 30th, 2021|Comments Off on Applying an Equitable Lens to Evidence-Based Research

Jennifer Spiegel Over the past few years, a heightened awareness of the importance of racial equity and justice has permeated the political conversation. American institutions, businesses, and communities are taking a closer look at [...]

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Promoting Equity Through State Budgets

August 9th, 2021|Comments Off on Promoting Equity Through State Budgets

Marilyn Rubin One of the most powerful levers that governments have to advancing equity for all residents is their budgets, “the medium through which [flows] the essential life of support systems of public policy” (Wildavsky [...]