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Cultural Trends Share your Research: Symposium on Program and Policy Evaluation in Cultural Affairs

Taylor & Francis

Decision-makers in the private and public sectors pursue desired outcomes for the creative industries, and the cultural sector in general, through various programs and policies. This puts great importance on empirical analyses of the success, or lack of success, in achieving those desired outcomes. Rigorous evaluation of programs and policies is essential in learning what interventions are more effective than others in achieving goals, the relative cost of programs relative to their outcomes, what are the unintended consequences of programs and policies, and ultimately in improving the efficacy of cultural policy.

This call for papers seeks original applications of program and policy evaluation in the creative industries and arts policy. Examples of topics (among many possibilities) include:

  • The effectiveness of ‘creative placemaking’ grants in generating local social and economic change;
  • Tax incentives for local clusters in creative industries;
  • Infrastructure investments to support the development of the creative industries;
  • Minimum standards for domestic content regulations in production and/or distribution of media;
  • Policies designed to increase levels of diversity in audiences, and within arts presenting organizations;
  • Arts education and arts participation;
  • The distribution of vouchers for arts consumption;
  • Tax incentives for charitable donations to the arts, in cash and in kind;
  • International ‘soft power’ cultural programs.

Papers are welcome from all countries (or involving international comparisons), and in all parts of the arts and creative industries.


Submission Instructions

A brief (single-page) abstract that states clearly the program or policy to be evaluated, the available data, and the method to be used should be sent to Michael Rushton of Indiana University at by September 30, 2018. Authors of selected proposals will be invited to share their research at a symposium to be held in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana, in Spring 2019, and will be considered for publication in a special edition of the journal Cultural Trends.



Call for Papers

Journal of Behavioral Public Administration Symposium


Experimental and Behavioral Approaches in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Research


Guest co-editors:

Mirae Kim (Georgia State University)
Kelly LeRoux (University of Illinois)
Dyana Mason (University of Oregon)


The Journal of Behavioral Public Administration (JBPA) symposium on the nonprofit and voluntary sector invites manuscripts using experiments and/or behavioral theory to address important questions and inform theories with evidence in the nonprofit and voluntary sector. Studies using experimental methods, including laboratory, field or survey experiments are especially relevant to this issue.

Nonprofit organizations cover a wide range of activities and vary greatly in size. However, due to unobserved factors that are not easily controlled in non-experimental research, many studies in the nonprofit and voluntary sector research field have produced ambiguous results with respect to the direction of the causal relationship.

A number of often discussed issues in the nonprofit sector can be answered through experimental studies. Examples include nonprofits’ rationales to create rainy day funds, why nonprofits enter into a partnership with corporations and why not, what makes nonprofit managers to allocate more or less budget on administrative functions, and whether donors are indeed discouraged by seeing large amount of overhead costs, among many other topics. Against this background, we cordially invite you to submit proposals that broadly fit the symposium theme, including behavioral and/or experimental manuscripts with theoretical or empirical contributions to the following topics:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management
  • Board Governance
  • Charitable Giving
  • Volunteer Behavior or Management
  • Voluntary action
  • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Collaboration
  • Community Engagement
  • Collective Action
  • Nonprofit Marketing & Communications

Symposium guest editors will be responsible for selecting potential manuscripts for the symposium based upon abstract submissions. Full manuscripts for selected papers will then be submitted to the guest editors. Next, selected papers will undergo double-blind peer-review at JBPA. To be considered for this symposium issue of JBPA, please submit an abstract of up to 500 words to Mirae Kim at, no later than November 1, 2018. An invitation to submit an abstract is not a guarantee of publication.



November 1, 2018 Abstract submission deadline

December 1, 2018 Authors notified of invitation to submit a full manuscript

March 15, 2019 Full manuscripts due

Please note that final manuscripts will be submitted by the guest co-editors to JBPA for double-blind peer review with final decisions regarding publication being made by JBPA editors. The submitted papers will need conform to JPBA’s guidelines for paper submissions:


About JBPA:

Journal of Behavioral Public Administration ( is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary open access journal that focuses on behavioral and experimental research in public administration, broadly defined. The journal welcomes behavioral and experimental work that advances theory, applied research about nudge tactics or other practical reforms, replications of previous experimental work, and studies with null findings (provided they are well designed and sufficiently powered). Given its multidisciplinary orientation, JBPA welcomes articles from across the behavioral sciences, including economics, public policy, political science, psychology, sociology, law, communication, and even biology -- provided they have relevance for public administration theory or practice.

JBPA encourages submissions of both basic scholarly and applied work conducted by academics or practitioners. Likewise, JBPA’s readership includes not only behavioral scientists with an interest in public administration but also policy-makers and practitioners in the public and nonprofit sectors. Submission types include research articles, research letters, perspectives and practices, and research syntheses.

Research articles are up to 4,000 words, excluding appendices.

Research letters are up to 2,000 words in length, excluding appendices. They include applied trials (e.g., nudge tactics by government agencies), replications, or other empirical studies that can be presented in a more concise format.

Perspectives and practices are submissions that focus on theoretical perspectives on behavioral public administration, or that discuss practical issues involved in applying behavioral science in government or nonprofit settings. These submissions are up to 4,000 words in length.

Research syntheses are up to 8,000 words and include meta-analyses or systematic reviews that seek to integrate and learn form a body of previous empirical work related to behavioral public administration.



Call for Papers
Philanthropy & Social Impact

March 14th-16th, 2019

The USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy will mark the beginning of its 20th anniversary with a research symposium that examines our understanding of the role of philanthropy in creating social impact. The symposium will be held March 14-16, 2019 at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, which will be celebrating its 90th anniversary and its long history of expertise on cross sector partnerships.

There has been a growing understanding of how philanthropy and nonprofit organizations can advance social change through the development of impactful strategies and practices. The aim of the conference is to take stock of intellectual developments and research contributions at the intersection of philanthropy, nonprofits, and social innovation, and to assess the most promising avenues for future work. The symposium will blend plenary sessions with leading contributors to the field with paper panels based on responses to this Call for Papers.

We are seeking submissions of research papers that are both rigorous and relevant for policy and practice. We welcome papers that draw on the various disciplines and professional fields that provide the foundations for the study of philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and social innovation/change, including economics, sociology, political science, history, as well as public policy, public management, and nonprofit studies. We encourage theoretical and methodological diversity, including quantitative and qualitative studies, as well as studies that take a multi-level approach connecting organizational processes with the broader institutional environment. We are keen to hear from individuals at various stages of their careers, particularly junior scholars

Themes that are of particular interest include:

Philanthropic strategies for social change, including efforts to influence public policy and system change. What are the opportunities for philanthropy to leverage its assets—dollars, knowledge and networks—to impact policy and system change at various stages of the policy process, different venues, and various governmental levels?

Partnerships, collaborations, and networks to achieve social impact with service delivery, advocacy, and community building. How can philanthropy work with nonprofits and other organizations to solve public problems?

Social entrepreneurship and new organizational forms to unleash greater impact. What models and structures are emerging that harness the power of markets to solve public problems?

Innovative financing models that can sustain and scale solutions. What is the potential for impact investing and mission investments to amplify the resources for addressing public problems?

Social movements and community organizing to shape public agendas. How can philanthropy aid in giving greater voice to those with limited access to political processes and institutions?

Strategic philanthropy. What is the state of philanthropic practice that advances more intentional outcomes—theories of change, logic models, metrics for outcomes and impact, evaluation, and learning?

Nonprofit capacity building.
What are the elements of strong and effective nonprofits and how does philanthropy help?

Public policies toward the sector.
What public policies can strengthen philanthropy and its nonprofit partners, including tax policy and other sources of support as well as board leadership and practices that contribute to transparency, accountability and legitimacy?

Abstract submission - (approximately 500 words)
November 30, 2018

Notification of acceptance
January 7, 2019

Submission of full paper
February 22, 2019

Submission Information
The abstract should include your first and last name, email address and paper title. In addition, please identify which of the eight aforementioned symposium themes your paper will address (e.g., philanthropic strategies for change or social movements and community organizing, etc.).

James M. Ferris
Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Director, The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy
Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California

Elizabeth A. Graddy
Jeffrey Miller Chair in Government, Business and the Economy
Sol Price School of Public Policy
Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
University of Southern California

Send questions, comments and receive future updates about the symposium by emailing




Call for Papers

Special Issue of the Journal of Business Ethics

The Ethics of the Commons


Submission Deadline: 15 December 2018


Guest editors

Helen Haugh, University of Cambridge, UK,

Marek Hudon, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium,

Camille Meyer, University of Victoria, Canada,

Ana Maria Peredo, University of Victoria, Canada,


Introduction to the Special Issue

The concept of ‘the commons’ has a long history (Sison & Fontrodona, 2012) and during the last three decades has generated increasing excitement in the scholarly literature. A major factor in the surge of interest has been the work inspired by Elinor Ostrom, Nobel memorial prize in economics sciences laureate for 2009, especially when linked to the economic and social crises that have fostered interest in different ways of organizing economic life. Recovering and implementing the concept of the commons has been hailed by scholars and practitioners as a way of creating new collective wealth (Akrivou & Sison, 2016; Bollier & Helfrich, 2014; Tedmanson et al., 2015), and for addressing what are seen as the societal ills created by neoliberalism (Caffentzis, 2010).


This is a call for submissions to a special issue of the Journal of Business Ethics aimed at providing an overarching perspective on the ethical dimensions and drivers of the phenomenon labelled ‘the commons’. In its broadest sense, ‘the commons’ is understood to refer simply to resources of many kinds, e.g., open access and public goods, where no individual person has the right to exclude others from enjoying their benefits. Ostrom focuses on the common property regime - a tighter concept of the commons wherein some group succeeds in making a ‘common pool resource’ a shared benefit by establishing the right of exclusion from it and managing it in a way that avoids the infamous ‘tragedy of the commons’ (Ostrom, 1990, 1999; Ostrom & Hess, 2008).  This special issue particularly welcomes more bounded conceptualization of the commons.


To learn more, click here.





Call for Submissions
Philanthropy & Education is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the inaugural November 2016 publication. The journal is sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University and published by Indiana University Press.
The journal’s mission is to promote scholarship and inform practice around philanthropy, which is broadly defined as including, but not limited to: fundraising, volunteerism, civic engagement, alumni relations, corporate social responsibility, prosocial behavior development, and the professionalization of the field of practice. Thus, Philanthropy & Education seeks to publish empirical and scholarly studies that are accessible to practitioners with clear implication for implementation.
The Editorial Board will welcome papers from all aspects of education (K-20+), both domestically and internationally, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including but not limited to: anthropology, economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology, public administration, religious studies, social work, and sociology. To further the journal's mission, Philanthropy & Education encourages submissions from scholar-practitioners, particularly those who have recently completed their dissertations.
More information about Philanthropy & Education, as well as detailed submission guidelines and instructions, can be found here: Question can be directed to:
We look forward to reviewing exciting submissions in the coming months




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