2013 Fall Research Conference Special Events


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mexico-U.S. Migration: Past, Present, and Future Trends

10:00 - 11:30 am, Washington Marriott, West End Ballroom
The forum is sponsored by APPAM and the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and is cosponsored by the Norman and Florence Brody Public Policy Forum, Atlantic Council, the Center for Immigration Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Between 1960 and 2011, the total foreign-born population in the United States, both authorized and not, rose from 9.7 million to 40.4 million. When viewed as a percentage of the total population, it more than doubled from 5.4 percent to 13.0 percent.

Why have so many Mexicans come to this country? And why, since 2005, has net migration from Mexico fallen to nearly zero, with as many Mexicans returning to their place of birth as are entering the country? Is this change likely to be permanent? Regardless of whether there might be an indefinite pause in Mexican migration, are there other "Mexicos"—within Latin America or elsewhere around the world—in our future? What are the implications for policy?

This is a free event open to the public; registration is required as space is limited.

Pre-Conference Doctoral Workshop

12:00-6:00 pm, Marriott Hotel, DuPont Ballrooms F, G & H

This pre-conference workshop is aimed at doctoral students in public policy and public administration in all stages of their training.  It will consist of three panel discussions and a mentoring session. The day will cover a variety of topics that are relevant for both U.S. and international doctoral students, including:

  • Finding Jobs
  • Getting Published
  • Accessing Grants/Fellowships

The invitation-only mentoring session for doctoral students is offered to receive feedback on dissertation topics that are in the early stages of proposal development.

This event requires advance registration and includes a separate registration fee from the Fall Conference. APPAM student members will receive a discount. 

Discussion: National Poverty Fellows Program

5:00 – 6:00 pm, Marriott Hotel, DuPont Ballrooms F, G & H

As part of the doctoral PDW, members of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison will conduct an information session about the National Poverty Fellows Program, an exciting post-doctoral opportunity developed by IRP and two branches of the Department of Health and Human Services. Lead officials from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), and IRP will be present to answer questions about this fellowship, which is open to post-docs up to six years post-Ph.D. Detailed information about the program is available at www.irp.wisc.edu/postdoc.htm.

Doctoral Drinks and Dinner Mixer

6:30 – 8:30 pm, Location TBD (offsite)

This event is being organized by students as an additional informal networking opportunity. This event is not hosted by APPAM. More information will be posted closer to the Fall Conference date.

New Member Reception (Invitation Only)

6:00 7:30 pm, Marriott Hotel, West End Ballrooms D & E

APPAM invites new professional members and first time conference attendees to join us for our inaugural New Member Reception. Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while getting to know other new members and first time attendees and meet the APPAM Policy Council. This is a great opportunity to network and learn more about APPAM activities and how to make the most of your first time at the Fall Conference. This event is invitation only. All new members and first time conference attendees will be invited to attend later this summer.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Spencer Foundation Lecture & Breakfast - SOLD OUT

8:00 – 9:30 am, Ritz Carlton, Salon III, A&B

Educational Inequality in the Wake of No Child Left Behind

Spencer Foundation Award winner Adam Gamoran, President of the William T. Grant Foundation, delivers his lecture on the failure of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

NCLB failed first and foremost because it was impossible, but also because even its best ideas were implemented too weakly and inconsistently to achieve its aims. What lessons can we draw from the failure of NCLB? Where do we go from here, and how can policy researchers help identify new paths to success? This lecture will identify several ways researchers can take up this challenge, and provide a broader context for understanding the need and possibilities for research on inequality among young people in the U.S. This event is sold out.

Special Luncheon with Guest Speaker Lee Hamilton (ticket required)

1:15 - 2:30 pm, Marriott Hotel, West End Ballrooms C, D & E

Lee Hamilton, former member of the United States House of Representatives and currently a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council, will speak to APPAM conference attendees about his career and bridging the gap between policy and practice. A separate ticket is required and can be purchased during the registration process.


4:45 – 6:15 pm, Marriott, West End Ballrooms C, D & E

Exploring the Power of the Research-Academic-Policy Nexus to Stimulate Policy Innovation

Much scientific knowledge - especially in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences – has the potential to produce great societal benefit by informing public policy or contributing to innovative social ventures.  While there is a wealth of activity occurring in collaborative partnerships bringing together social scientists, policymakers, community groups, and non-profit organizations, there does not appear to be formalized ‘knowledge systems’ documenting these processes nor inventories identifying common critical features that lead to successful endeavors. 

This symposium seeks to initiate this more systematic exploration by probing the question:  How do knowledge exchange processes and mechanisms operate to support effective interactions among researchers, analysts and public decision makers in order to achieve innovative policy outcomes that have sustainable societal benefits?

Moderator: Angela Evans, APPAM President-elect, University of Texas at Austin
Speakers: Shelley Metzenbaum, Volcker Alliance; Neil Kleiman, New York University; Chad English, COMPASS; David Birdsell, Baruch College; Ramayya Krishnan, Carnegie Melon University; Paul Posner, George Mason University; Jenny Knowles Morrison, University of Texas at Austin

Welcome Reception

6:30 – 8:30 pm, House of Sweden; shuttle transportation provided from the Marriott

Join all your fellow APPAM attendees as we kick off the Fall Research Conference over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the House of Sweden, a modern glass event space run by the Embassy of Sweden.  Located in nearby Georgetown, it offers stunning views of the Potomac River.

Shuttle transportation to and from the House of Sweden will be provided from the Marriott motor lobby.

APPAM thanks its platinum sponsors for their contributions that make the Welcome Reception possible: Abt Associates, Baruch College, IMPAQ International, and Mathematica Policy Research.  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Bright Futures Breakfast (Invitation Only)

8:00 – 9:15 am, Westin Hotel, Scott

Students and recent graduates are invited to attend this event for a buffet breakfast and an opportunity to network with other students, young professionals, recruiters, hiring managers, and experienced professionals. This event is invitation only. All student conference attendees, exhibitors and organizations interviewing at the Fall Conference will be invited to attend.

Membership & Awards Luncheon with Special Guest Michael O'Hanlon (Ticket required)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Marriott Hotel, West End Ballrooms C, D & E

Plan to attend this popular lunch event to see the presentation of the APPAM Best Dissertation Awards, the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award, the Comparative Policy Analysis Award. Member will also participate in the annual membership meeting. At this time, APPAM members will formally elect the leadership to the Policy Council and discuss Association business. Afterwards, members will be treated to remarks by Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow and director of Foreign Policy Research at the Brookings Institution. A separate ticket is required for lunch and can be purchased during the registration process.

The International Experiment in Nation-Building: Metrics to Determine Success or Failure
Even before the attacks of 9/11 accelerated the policy debate on whether "failed states matter," the experience of the United States in the Balkans and, to a lesser extent, in places like East Timor and Sierra Leone, spawned a cottage industry of analysis on post-conflict reconstruction. Presidential decision directives asserted the critical importance of a policy and program focus in this area, recognizing that what the military called "stability operations" often reflected not post-conflict engagement, but rather stabilization and development in the context of ongoing or at least lingering conflict. In the context of policy challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan, a counter-narrative emerged within the policy and scholarly community, reflected in the policy debate around the surge in Afghanistan: that U.S. efforts to rebuild societies overseas were overambitious and not tailored most effectively to address critical U.S. security concerns.
Brookings senior fellow Michael O’Hanlon, creator of the “Iraq Index”---a widely-used statistical tool on nation-building---will assess this effort to impact national security policy-making. The Index, which appeared regularly on the op-ed page of the New York Times, was widely discussed and debated within the policy community.
Dr. O’Hanlon will discuss the "Iraq Index,” explore the challenges he faced in creating and making use of the Index, and offer his own overall evaluation of the effort. He will also suggest how the Index and other empirical research he has conducted has shaped his own views on U.S. and international efforts at nation-building.


3:00 – 4:30 pm, Marriott Hotel, West End Ballrooms C, D & E

The War on Poverty:  After 50 Years

The War on Poverty was launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and expanded federal involvement in schools, hospitals, communities and labor and housing markets. Although no other president has placed fighting poverty at the top of his domestic policy agenda, the nation’s social policies continue to reflect this transformational period. This session evaluates the programs and policies that seek to increase human capital, employment and earnings, raise incomes and living standards, and improve health. Understanding the successes and failures of the War on Poverty informs how public policies can more effectively reduce poverty.

Speakers: Martha J. Bailey, University of Michigan; Harry Holzer, Georgetown University; Kathy Swartz, Harvard University; Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University

Presidential Address

4:45 – 5:45 pm, Marriott Hotel, West End Ballrooms C, D & E

False Choices, Policy Framing, and the Promise of "Big Data"

In his APPAM presidential address, Mathematica CEO Paul Decker will discuss the role of research and evidence in a resource constrained environment, how APPAM can help frame the policy conversation and connect the research “dots,” and why we need to embrace Big Data..

Presidential Reception

6:00 – 7:30 pm, Westin Hotel, Promenade

Immediately following the APPAM Presidential Address, join your fellow APPAM attendees for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. All conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

Past Presidents’ Reception & Dinner (Invitation Only)

7:45 pm Cocktails, 8:45 pm Dinner, The University Club

APPAM is pleased to welcome all APPAM’s past presidents to share cocktails and dinner in recognition of their service to APPAM and the public policy and management communities. This event is by invitation only. All APPAM past presidents will be invited. Transportation will not be provided but the University Club is only a short walk from the conference hotels.

Student & Senior Scholar Roundtables & Reception

7:45 – 9:00 pm, Marriott Hotel, West End Ballrooms D & E

Students and recent graduates are encouraged to attend the annual APPAM Student/Senior Scholar Reception. The reception will begin with an informal roundtable featuring practitioners, academics, recent graduates, and government employees. They will share their expertise on topics of interest to students and recent graduates as they transition from academic study to career building. After the roundtable, attendees are invited to mingle and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the same space.

Speakers: Shelly Ver Ploeg, U.S. Department of Agriculture (moderator); Brent Gibbons, University of Maryland; Oswaldo Urdapilleta, IMPAQ; Sarah Cordes, New York University

Saturday, November 9

The Saturday Caucus

8:00 – 9:30 am, Westin Hotel, Promenade

This is a dedicated time for attendees to gather informally to discuss new and emerging policy issues, to formulate new research questions, approaches to research, and to form possible research collaborations.

Thursday, November 7 Saturday, November 9, 2013

Poster Sessions and Poster Luncheon

Marriott Hotel, West End Ballrooms A & B
Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8, 10:00 – 11:30 am (Poster Sessions)
Saturday, November 9, Noon – 1:30 pm (Poster Luncheon)

A poster session will be held on each day of the conference, featuring 40 posters per day from a variety of policy areas. The poster authors will be available to discuss their research and answer questions. The poster luncheon, held Saturday afternoon, is free to all conference attendees, but a ticket will be required to pick up a boxed lunch. Tickets, which will be limited, can be obtained from any of the presenting poster authors during the poster luncheon session.


Throughout the conference, tabletop exhibits will be on display from APPAM institutional members. The exhibits will share space with poster sessions in the West End Ballrooms A & B room at the Marriott. Please support these members by visiting their exhibits.

Employment Interviews

Since many institutional members use the Fall Research Conference as a meeting place to interview potential employees, APPAM is offering private suites at the Marriott for interviews. The space will be available on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8. Suites can be reserved in full or half day blocks for your exclusive use. Membership is not required to reserve space at the Fall Conference for interviewing but members will receive a discount. Organizations can reserve their interview space today.

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