Discussant Guidelines

These guidelines are for all discussants at the Fall Research Conference to establish expectations. If you have any questions, please contact Jocelyn Mason
APPAM prefers that the conference panels allow considerable time for audience participation. Accordingly, discussants should focus their remarks on integrative comments rather than paper-by-paper critiques. We urge you to discuss how the papers contribute to the policy focus of the session, and on major issues that enhance or undermine the papers' contributions. If you see important methodological problems in any of the papers, please send notes about this directly to the paper's author(s) as soon as possible. APPAM hopes that comments from the discussants will move the session into a broader conversation involving the audience regarding the policy and management implications of the research. 
APPAM seeks a mix of researcher and practitioner discussants. We especially invite practitioners to focus on how the main results/messages from the papers strike them from their vantage point in the world of practice, rather than addressing the papers' methodologies. 
All presenters should upload their papers to the digital preliminary program by October 15. By now you have received an e-mail with all your panel particulars, including paper titles and contact information for everyone in your panel. We have instructed presenters who are unable to upload their papers by the deadline to contact discussants directly to make alternative arrangements. If you haven't heard from your discussant and the paper is not uploaded, please contact the paper presenter directly. 
If there are two discussants on a panel, please contact the other discussant on your panel to divide the papers amongst yourselves for review. 
Please refer to APPAM's Participant Guidelines for more information on the roles of all participants. 
If you have any questions about your role, please feel free to contact the Jocelyn Mason.
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