Thursday, October 13, 2016

An APPAM/MDRC Institutional Member Forum: The Future of Applying Behavioral Science to Social Policy

MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS) and APPAM are hosting a forum on December 13, 2016 which will explore the future of behavioral science research, practice, and policy. This event brings together distinguished experts from MDRC, academia, and the government to share their work and provide insight on next steps for research, practice, and policy.


APPAM Update - August 2012

August 29, 2012 01:00 PM

Registration for the APPAM Fall Research Conference is now open, with the best pricing available until September 30! The Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel is already sold out but there are still rooms available at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel next door so book quickly to ensure you get a room at the conference hotel! Check regularly for the latest information. 

2012 APPAM Fall Research Conference

The APPAM Fall Research Conference will be held November 8-10 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center and Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotels in Baltimore, MD.

The theme of the conference is "Policy Analysis and Public Management in an Age of Scarcity: The Challenges of Assessing Effectiveness and Efficiency."


Register now to receive the best rates. Early registration pricing is available through September 30.

Early Registration Pricing

  • Members $305
  • Non-members $435
  • Student Members $100
  • Student Non-members $135 (Includes 1 year of membership)

In order to receive the member pricing, your membership must be current, if necessary, please renew your membership before registering for the conference to ensure you receive the best rate.

At the time of registration you will also be able to purchase a ticket for the Awards Luncheon and Membership Meeting ($25).

Conference participants must register by September 30.


The Fall Conference will be held at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center and Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotels. The Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel is now SOLD OUT, please make your reservations at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel by October 7 to ensure you receive the conference price.

Please note: All hotel reservations require a non-refundable deposit of one night’s lodging and fees.

Preliminary Program

The digital preliminary program is brand new this year. Users can search by day, policy area, institution, name, session type, or keyword. The system loads quickly, pages can be easily printed, and finding the sessions that interest you is easier than ever.

*NEW in 2012* For the first time, the Fall Conference will include Cross Cutting sessions. These sessions are designed to offer a diversity of perspectives, disciplines, methods, policy areas and analysis and policy management perspectives. These sessions will be highlighted in the final program and can be found in the preliminary program.

*NEW in 2012* The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Benefit-Cost Analysis Center are pleased to announce a new joint collaboration with the APPAM conference. Several BCA-focused sessions will be included in the APPAM program. To find the BCA panels, open the conference program in your web browser and search for "Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis."

Schedule of Events

The conference will feature several symposia, award lectures, receptions, and other special events.

To see the complete schedule of events and learn more about specific events, visit our Schedule of Events page. Please note that the schedule will be updated regularly as additional event details become available.

Confirmed Symposia

"Strengthening the Relationship between Policy Research and Practice: Models and Lessons Learned"

Moderator: Barbara Devaney, Mathematica Policy Research

Speakers: Naomi Goldstein, Director, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families; Donna Pavetti, Vice President for Family Income Support Policy, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Mary Myrick, President, Public Strategies; David Silver, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"Can We Learn What Works Best in Health Care?: The Politics of Comparative Effectiveness Research"

Moderator: Eric Patashnik, Professor, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Speakers: Joe V. Selby, Executive Director, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; Sherry Glied, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services; Eugene Rich, Director of Center on Comparative Effectiveness, Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research; Thomas A. Scully, former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Welcome Reception at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Join all your fellow APPAM attendees as we kick off the Fall Conference with hor d'oeuvres and cocktails at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, located in Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor, on Thursday, November 8, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Shuttle service will be provided from the motor lobby of the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel. Museum exhibits will be open for APPAM guests to enjoy learning about the industrial history of Baltimore.

Chairs & Discussants are Still Needed

If you are interested in participating in the conference as a chair or discussant, and have not already done so, please email Jocelyn Mason at  with your name, contact info and areas of expertise.

Chair guidelines can be found here.

Discussant guidelines can be found here.

Contact Us/Conference Help

If you have questions about registering for the conference, or require assistance, please contact Ryan Martz, 202-496-0130 x205. If you have questions about the conference events, sessions or participation, please contact Jocelyn Mason, 202-496-0130 x207.

LAST CALL for Rossi Award Nominations

The Rossi award honors the lifetime achievements of Peter Rossi (1921–2006) by recognizing important contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation. Nominations may be made by any individual or organization. (Individuals may nominate their own work.)
Nominations are due September 1, 2012. Please visit the awards page for nomination criteria and instructions.

Submit an RFP to Host a Future APPAM Institutional Member Forum

APPAM has started a series of forums jointly hosted by APPAM and its institutional members designed to help better connect the worlds of research and policy. The first forum was hosted by Mathematica Policy Research and featured an engaging roundtable on the U.S. health care system (see below). More than 100 people attended the roundtable in person and more than 500 people viewed the roundtable as a webinar. (View the video)

APPAM is requesting proposals from its institutional members to host future forums. Both the host and APPAM would jointly determine the topic of the forum. The forums/webinars will be free of charge to attendees/participants.

APPAM Now Considering Council and Leadership Positions for 2013

The APPAM Policy Council and Officer Elections are coming up in November. If you would like to be considered for service on the Policy Council, or know someone APPAM should consider for a position, please contact Tara Sheehan, APPAM Executive Director by Monday, September 3, 2012.
The APPAM Nominating Committee will be preparing a slate of nominees for the eight open positions on the Policy Council as well as nominees for President-Elect, Vice-President, and Treasurer.
The full roster of candidates will be presented to the membership at the APPAM Business Meeting Lunch held in conjunction with the Fall Research Conference on November 9, 2012, in Baltimore. Shortly thereafter, voting will take place electronically and the winners will be announced at the beginning of 2013. 


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