Conference Schedule


Wednesday, November 7

Start Finish Event
10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. APPAM Executive Committee Meeting
1:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. APPAM Policy Council Meeting
7:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Registration


Thursday, November 8

Start Finish Event
8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Job Interview Space Available
8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. 10: a.m. Institutional Representatives Meeting
10:15 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Noon 1:15 p.m. JPAM Editorial Board Meeting
12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. Poster Sessions
4:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. David N. Kershaw Award Lecture
4:45 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Conference Symposia
6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception at the Baltimore Museum of Industry


Friday, November 9

Start Finish Event
7:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. Bright Futures Breakfast (NEW for 2012)
8:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m. Job Interview Space Available
10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Poster Sessions
11:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m. APPAM Membership Meeting & Awards Lunch
(Lunch is sold out)
2:45 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Conference Symposia
2:45 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Peter H. Rossi Award Lecture
4:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. APPAM Presidential Address
5:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. APPAM President's Reception
7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Student/Senior Scholar Networking Reception


Saturday, November 10

Start Finish Event
8:00 a.m. 2:45 p.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Noon 1:30 p.m. Poster Session Luncheon
3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Last Session Lottery


Special Events

Thursday, November 8

Symposium: "2012 Elections: Early Reflections"
Thursday, November 8, 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm (Sheraton, International A & B)
Moderator: Rogan Kersh, Provost, Wake Forest University

John Callahan, Executive in Residence, University of Baltimore
Stephanie Silverman, Founder and CEO, Venn Strategies

A panel of distinguished campaign/policy experts, both academics and campaign veterans, will gather two days after Election Day 2012 to offer considered views on the campaign's outcome, reasons that the presidential and congressional races turned out as they did, and a look ahead at how (and whether) the new administration and 114th Congress are likely to govern. A particular focus of the latter discussion will be the upcoming "lame-duck" session, given extra urgency by the looming year-end automatic budget cuts resulting from sequestration.

Symposium: "Strengthening the Relationship between Policy Research and Practice: Models and Lessons Learned"
Thursday, November 8, 4:45 pm – 6:15 pm (Sheraton, International D)
Moderator: Barbara Devaney, Mathematica Policy Research

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

The focus of this session will be on examples and models of how to incorporate the results of policy research into the design, implementation, and management of policy and programs both in the public and the nonprofit sectors.

David N. Kershaw Award Guest Lecture: "Placed-based Approaches to Reducing Crime and Improving Health"
Thursday, November 8, 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Speaker: John MacDonald, University of Pennsylvania

The idea that the built environment of places impacts human activity has long been recognized by academics and policy makers. Yet, connecting our understanding of the built environment of places to regulate the well-being of people has not played a central role in community planning policy. Economic theory of markets provides a framework for explaining how shifts in the built environment can reduce the supply of opportunities for crime and increase more healthy lifestyles. Quasi-experimental evidence is presented from four separate case studies on how changes in community economic development, land use, and public transit reduce crime and improve health.

Welcome Reception at the Baltimore Museum of Industry
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Shuttle service provided from the Sheraton motor lobby)
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. Museum exhibits will be open for APPAM guests to enjoy learning about the industrial history of Baltimore. APPAM thanks the sponsors for the Welcome Reception, Abt Associates, Baruch College, Mathematica Policy Research, American University and University of Washington.

Friday, November 9

Bright Futures Breakfast
Friday, November 9, 8:00 am - 9:00 am (Sheraton, Hall fo Fame Lounge)
For the first time ever, APPAM will host the Bright Futures Breakfast. This event will offer students the opportunity to enjoy a light breakfast while networking with hiring managers and recruiters to learn more about what they seek in job candidates, in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Symposium: "Can We Learn What Works Best in Health Care?: The Politics of Comparative Effectiveness Research"
Friday, November 9, 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm (Sheraton, International E)
Moderator: Eric Patashnik, Professor, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Sherry Glied, Columbia University
Joe V. Selby, Executive Director of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Eugene Rich, Director of Center on Comparative Effectiveness, Senior Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research
Charlene Frizzera, former Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Obama Administration has made a major investment in "comparative effectiveness research" to learn what works and what doesn't in health care. This session will examine the current status of this important and controversial initiative, whether CER can fulfill expectations of better quality and value in health care, and how implementation is being shaped by the political process.

Symposium: "Lives Beyond the Wire: Education and Youth Development in Baltimore City"
Friday, November 9, 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm (Sheraton, International A & B)
Steven Plank, Co-Director, Baltimore Education Research Consortium, Johns Hopkins University
Faith Connolly, Executive Director of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium
David Stevens, Executive Director, Jacob France Institute, University of Baltimore
Michelle Zabel, Director and Clinical Instructor, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland

This panel brings together experts from local research universities to talk about education policy in Baltimore, as well as programs that support the many other challenges youth face at home and beyond that affect their educational achievement. The panelists will talk about interventions as well as innovative research and practitioner partnerships that facilitate our understanding of the needs of Baltimore's youth as well as how to improve future programs.

Peter H. Rossi Award Guest Lecture: "Bringing Interrupted Time Series Designs in from the Cold"
Friday, November 9, 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Speaker: Thomas Cook, Northwestern University

Interrupted time-series have considerable potential for generating causal knowledge with both high internal and external validity. This talk illustrates the kinds of interrupted time series designs that are most likely to achieve this desirable two-part goal.

Presidential Address: "Effective Evidence Based Policy-making: Some Critical Perspectives"
Friday, November 9, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Sheraton, International A & B)
Speaker: APPAM President: Sandra Archibald, APPAM President, University of Washington

Evidenced based policy-making is a mandate across a wide variety of public programs and policy areas by the federal government and governments worldwide as policy makers seek ways to address complex contemporary challenges within constrained resources.

APPAM scholars and practitioners have a great deal of perspective on the challenges involved in implementing evidenced based decision-making and have played a key role over the last decades in developing theory and practice. Our journals and conferences address the benefits and costs of alternative approaches and we are leaders in this area.  

What collective advice can we offer and what have we identified as being most critical to extending results of evidence based policy analysis and research more broadly? What are the implications for policy analysis education and training to improve analytic capacity? What are the implications for state-of-the-art methods and practices in evidence-based policy research of the emergence of real-time ' big data' in the social sciences and of the growing focus on 'adaptive management' models to drive continuous improvement?  Are their implications or extensions to our models of peer review and our traditional publications strategies?

We face a critical turning point in advancing policy research and education and are well positioned to lead the field.

Presidential Reception
Friday, November 9, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm (Sheraton, International D-F)
Immediately following the APPAM Presidential Address, join your fellow APPAM attendees for cocktails and light appetizers at the APPAM President's Reception.

Student & Senior Scholar Receptions
Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (Sheraton, International E)
Although the Student and Senior Scholar Receptions have been a part of APPAM for the last few years, this year they will take on a new format. This event will start with a lively roundtable composed of senior scholars, practitioners and recent graduates who have successfully transitioned into the professional world. They will all discuss the challenges and opportunities that confront students going through this transition period and offer suggestions for success. There will be time for questions at the end before the networking reception begins in the same space.


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