Presidential Speech

Read 2011 APPAM President Helen F. Ladd's speech from the 2011 Fall Research Conference.

2011 Fall Research Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Abt Associates
Baruch College School of Public Affairs
Mathematica Policy Research
Silver Sponsors   
School of Public Affairs- American University
Evans School of Public Affairs- University of Washington       
Bronze Sponsor      
Notre Dame da Namur
APPAM would like to thank The Urban Institute for donating space for the 2011 Fall Research Conference.
APPAM's Annual Fall Research Conference is a gathering of leaders within the policy analysis and management field. It has become the preeminent venue for the presentation and discussion of applied public policy and management research, attracting more than 1000 participants for over 160 sessions across three days of meetings each year. The Program Committee organizes an agenda that spans the interests and background of APPAM members across all issues, areas and methodologies. Noteworthy highlights of the 2011 conference included the invited symposia, the Presidential Address, the Poster Session Luncheon, and the Opening Night Reception.
The 2011 Fall Conference was November 3 - 5 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Marriott and Westin Georgetown hotels.  
Conference Theme
The theme of the conference was: Seeking Solutions to Complex Policy and Management Problems. Today’s complex policy issues are characterized by changing constraints, greater uncertainty, multiple causes and frequently span political jurisdictions and national boundaries. Examples include poverty, migration, climate change, and access to fresh water. Interdependencies such as scarce energy resources, slow economic growth, evolving technologies, and inter-sectorial governance structures complicate the search for solutions. To succeed in this environment, policymakers and managers must define problems in ways that acknowledge multiple perspectives, interdependencies, and the likelihood of unintended consequences. In light of these complexities, they must invest in areas such as education, health care, science and technology, basic infrastructure, national security and social protection for vulnerable citizens.  In this context, public policy and management researchers are tasked with providing concrete advice on the effectiveness of programs, laws, policies and managerial innovations.
The charge of public sector researchers is as complex as the problems they choose to tackle. Public policy and management researchers are tasked not only with providing concrete advice on the effectiveness of programs, laws, policies, and managerial innovations, but also with offering new approaches and options for addressing these problems. No association is better positioned to take on these challenges than APPAM and its members, given our strong multi-disciplinary capacity and our history of collaboration between scholarship and practice. Policy analysis and research design, social experiments, policy implementation, and program evaluations require an integrated understanding of the interdependencies that come with these challenges. The formulation of relevant policy depends upon increased collaboration among programmatic experts, policy makers, analysts, researchers (across a broad array of disciplines) and practitioners. It also requires a sophisticated understanding of policy processes.


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