Event 7

Title: Graduate programs in public affairs and public policy in the United States: An overview

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Nguyen will discuss master's degrees in public administration, public management, public affairs, and public policy, along with their respective Ph.D. programs. He will cover admissions, curriculum, potential funding sources, career opportunities, and program differences. This information will hopefully help you better understand these programs and make a more informed decision on pursuing these degrees in the U.S.

Time: 9:00 am (Vietnam time), Thursday July 13rd, 2023, or 10:00 pm (EST), Wednesday July 12nd, 2023

Presenters: Dr. Nguyen will be the main speaker. However, Dr. Long Tran from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University, will join him to talk about his College's degree offerings and help him answer your questions.

Event 6

Title: Does Full-Day Kindergarten Combined with Small Class Size Boost Test Scores?

Abstract: We examine the impact on academic achievement of a unique program for kindergarten students that directly targets children at the greatest risk of underperforming academically. The program combines full-day kindergarten with small class sizes and emphasizes literacy instruction. Our results suggest that being offered admission to the OEK program increased reading achievement but this effect did not persist through the end of first grade.

Presenter: David Frisvold, Ph.D.,

Date & Time: Wed April 19 from 8:30-9:30 pm (CST)/ Thurs April 20 from 8:30-9:30am Vietnam time (GMT+7)

Event 5

Title: For-profit wine in nonprofit bottles? The case of nonprofit charter schools subcontracting with for-profit education management organizations

Presenter: Dr. Long Tran, Ohio State University

Abstract: There is growing concern that some nonprofit public service providers may be nonprofit in name but not in fact. We assess this concern in the context of nonprofit charter schools, which sometimes subcontract their daily operations to for-profit management organizations. We use unique data from Ohio to study how nonprofit charter schools’ reliance on for-profit operators affects annual gains in student achievement and attendance. The results indicate that nonprofit charters that subcontract with for-profit operators tend to be more effective and equitable in promoting student achievement (but not attendance) than nearby traditional public schools serving similar students. However, nonprofit charters that subcontract with for-profit operators tend to be less effective (with regard to both achievement and attendance) and less equitable (with regard to attendance) than other nonprofit charters nearby. Further analysis comparing the administration and outcomes of for-profit and nonprofit operators suggests that the profit motive helps explain the inferior performance of nonprofit charters with for-profit operators. Our study offers theoretical insights for literatures on government contracting, performance monitoring, and sector boundaries, as well as practical managerial and policy implications.

Time: 8:00 pm (CST), Feb 1, 2023

Mode: Zoom

Event 4

Topic: How to conduct literature searches thoroughly

Presenter: Dr. Iulian Vamanu, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa

Time and date: 9:30 p.m. Oct 19 (CST) or 9:30 a.m. Oct 20 Vietnam time

Abstract: Researchers may conduct searches using Google Scholar. In this workshop, Professor Vamanu will show how to conduct searches thoroughly for articles and books that Google Scholar searches tend to miss.

Mode: Zoom

Event 3

Topic: Research methods to evaluate education policy

Presenter: Phuong Nguyen, Ph.D., University of Iowa

Time and date: 8:30 am (CST), or 8:30 pm Vietnam time, Sept 29, 2022

Mode: Zoom


This presentation will cover quantitative research methods and designs to conduct a causal evaluation of public and education policy using non-experimental data. Dr. Nguyen will describe the basics and wherever appropriate, recent developments of the methods, namely interrupted time series, difference-in-differences, event study, and synthetic control. The presentation will also discuss assumptions underlying each method for valid causal interpretations and their relevant policy settings.

Note: Dr. Nguyen is a Vietnam International Academic Network (VIAN) coordinator in Education for the PHER project. This presentation is an activity for both VAPAP and PHER participant

Event 2

John Barnett, Ph.D., Emporia State University

Date: Sept 9, 2022

Paper: Blue economy: Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam

Event 1

Edmund Malesky, Ph.D., Duke University

Date: Aug 29, 2022

Paper: Willing to learn: How economic uncertainty can enhance trade literacy among disadvantaged groups