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2016 Fall Conference FAQ



This FAQ addresses specific questions for the 2016 Fall Research Conference in Washington, DC. If you have a question and it is not answered by any of our FAQs, please feel free to contact Tristanne Staudt, Education and Conferences Manager, at tstaudt@appam.org.

2018 Fall Conference Questions

Questions And Answers

When is the 2018 Fall Research Conference?

The 2018 Fall Research Conference will be held Thursday, November 8 through Saturday, November 10, in Washington, DC. Association governance meetings and a pre-conference workshop will occur on Wednesday, November 7. The conference will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park.  

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What is the theme for the 2018 Fall Research Conference?

The theme for this year's conference is Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement. The theme was selected by APPAM President-elect Matt Stagner.

The 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference will celebrate APPAM's 40th conference on November 8 - 10 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. This year's event will focus on improving programs and policies by generating and engaging with evidence throughout the policy analysis and management process.

The 2018 conference will emphasize the iterative and collaborative nature of building evidence. We aim to engage researchers, policy makers, and program leaders in thoughtful discussions about how best to collect data, capture innovation, measure impacts, and identify actionable and timely recommendations.

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How many sessions will be at the conference this year?

There will be just over 300 sessions at the conference this year, plus a number of special events including policy area super sessions, receptions, lunches, and networking mixers.

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How does APPAM determine how many sessions to schedule for each topic area in the Fall Research Conference?

The Program Committee is given a budget for policy area sessions that is based on the proportion of policy area submissions to the overall number of submissions received. The APPAM president-elect makes the final determination of how many sessions there will be in each area based on recommendations from the Program Committee. There are almost always constraints within the hotel or convention center for space and these constraints dictate the overall number of sessions that APPAM can accept. Quality of the sessions always is the first and foremost criterion. APPAM prefers that each area have a minimum number of sessions each year and that there be a large number of areas represented. Otherwise, the conference will not offer a worthwhile professional meeting to persons interested in those topics. APPAM prefers that any area with more sessions than there are unique time slots have sufficiently diverse panels to allow two be scheduled opposite each other at one time without diluting their audience. The Program Committee often seeks to combine similar panels into a single session given the time constraints and high demand for participation.

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What policy areas will be represented at the conference?

There will be 15 policy areas represented at the conference. You can find all the areas along with descriptions on the Policy Areas page of the website.

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When can I register for the conference?

Online registration for the Fall Research Conference is open July 16 through October 26, 2018. Onsite registration is also available.

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Do I have to register online for the conference?

All registrations in advance must be completed at APPAM.org. Registrations can be made using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express cards. Domestic checks can be mailed to the APPAM office at 1100 Vermont Ave NW, Suite #650, Washington, DC 20005. We cannot accept foreign money orders or bank transfers from individuals. Please note that during the registration process, you will be given the opportunity to print an invoice for your registration. You must send that invoice, along with your payment, to the APPAM office. 

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Do all attendees need to register for the conference?

Yes, all attendees must register for the Fall Research Conference, regardless of whether they are participating in sessions and events. Everyone presenting a paper or poster, taking part in a roundtable or acting as a chair or discussant must register and pay for the conference. APPAM requires everyone presenting papers on panels to register by September 28. APPAM reserves the right to remove/replace papers from the conference if panelists do not register by this date.

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What are the registration fees associated with this conference?

The registration fees vary depending on your membership status, date of registration, and government affiliation. Find the details here.

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Does APPAM offer registration discounts for conference participants?

No. APPAM members are very active in our conference, with 75% of attendees fulfilling at least one role as a participant. As such, we do not offer participant discounts.

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Is there a government discount rate for the Fall Conference?

APPAM offers a 15% registration discount for all government employees. To take advantage of this rate, you must have a .gov email address. Contact Ryan Martz, rmartz@appam.org, for a special registration code and further information. Note that the special rate is in effect from July 16 to October 30.

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What are the various deadlines for registration?

Early Registration Opens July 16, 2018
Speaker Registration Deadline September 28, 2018
Early Registration Ends September 28, 2018
Regular Registration Opens September 29, 2018
Regular Registration Ends October 30, 2018
Onsite Registration Opens November 7, 2018


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What are the procedures for getting a visa invitation letter to travel to the Fall Conference from outside the U.S.?

APPAM will provide visa invitation letters upon request to authors accepted to present papers or to otherwise participate in sessions at the Fall Research Conference. Please note that all persons participating on the program are required to register for the conference before a visa invitation is given. Other persons interested in attending the meetings must pay a non-refundable registration fee if they wish to request a visa letter. To request a visa invitation letter, please contact Ryan Martz, rmartz@appam.org

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What special events will take place during the conference?

You can see a list of special events here. Special events will also be listed in the online preliminary program, the mobile app, and the printed program.

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How can I learn more about chair, discussant and participant roles and responsibilities?

You can find details on participant roles as well as suggested formats for all sessions on the Participant Guidelines page.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org.

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Are there guidelines for poster presenters this year?

Yes; these guidelines apply to all poster presentations for this year's conference. If you have any questions, please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org

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I have a PowerPoint/handout to accompany my presentation. What do I do?

If you’re presenting and want attendees to have access to handouts, Power Point presentations, or other documents, APPAM can upload them to the conference mobile app for attendees to peruse at their leisure. Contact Larissa Dalton Stephanoff, ldstephanoff@appam.org, for more information on how to get your materials online.

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Will there be a conference app available again this year?

The APPAM Fall Research Conference mobile app will once again be available to all attendees. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, this handy application can help you keep track of your schedule, network with fellow attendees both near and far, find presenters and papers at a touch, and utilize social media to enhance your experience. Find the app in your device’s app store or download it in mid-September. Watch APPAM.org/evidence-for-action for more details.

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What meals are included in the registration rate?

Your registration includes several meals and receptions during the conference:


  • Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
  • Afternoon coffee and refreshments at 1:30 pm in the Exhibit Hall
  • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Poster Happy Hour
  • Heavy appetizers and drinks at the Welcome Reception


  • Full breakfast at the Membership and Awards Breakfast (Event is free, but advanced RSVP is required)
  • Afternoon coffee and refreshments at 2:30 pm in the Exhibit Hall
  • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Presidential Address & APPAM Awards
  • Heavy appetizers and drinks at the Presidential Reception


  • Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
  • Full lunch at the Poster Luncheon (Event is free, but tickets are required to pick up a meal. Tickets can be obtained from any poster presenter)

In addition, these affinity group events are free:


  • Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Meetup (exclusive to fellowship recipients)
  • Mentor Matching Program Meeting (exclusive to program participants)


  • Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Luncheon (exclusive to fellowship recipients)
  • LGBTQI Mixer (RSVP here)
  • Student Mixer

Thursday’s Opening Luncheon featuring a talk from three top policy school deans is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased for $38 in advance during the registration process, or at the Registration Desk (availability is limited).

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Will there be volunteer opportunities for the Fall Research Conference?

Yes, there will be volunteer opportunities for students. We will be seeking volunteers for both editorial and general assistance at the conference.  Please contact Larissa Dalton Stephanoff, ldstephanoff@appam.org, for more details on these opportunities.

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What sponsorship, advertising, and exhibit opportunities are available?

Browse the full list of sponsorship opportunities!

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Where can I find tips on how to get my proposal accepted?

Watch this APPAM webinar: Fall Conference Research Subsmissions

Webinar attendees will learn from seasoned APPAM panelists and Conference Program Committee members on what the proposal review process entails, what they look for when reviewing proposals, and what factors can increase your chance of getting accepted.

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Is there a fee for submission of papers for the Fall Research Conference.

There is no fee to submit a paper proposal for the Fall Conference. Presenters of accepted proposals will be required to register for the conference. There is a fee for registration and the registration period for the Fall Research Conference will opened in July.

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Are there any resources for parents at the conference?

Great question!  

Every APPAM Fall Research Conference has a mothers' room available for attendees.  The key is kept at registration and we just ask that you return the key once you've finished.

We do not offer onsite child care, but we are happy to recommend local services upon request.  For the 2018 conference, possible providers include White House Nannies and Nannytainment.

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