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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.

2017 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 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 or attending 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 21. 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. Registration rates will be posted in June 2018.

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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?

AAPPAM offers a registration discount for all government employees. To take advantage of this rate, you must have a .gov email address. Contact Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org, for a special registration code and further information. Note that the special rate is in effect from July 16 to October 24.

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What are the various deadlines for registration?

Early Registration Opens July 16, 2018
Speaker Registration Deadline September 21, 2018
Early Registration Ends September 21, 2018
Regular Registration Opens September 22, 2018
Regular Registration Ends October 24, 2018
Onsite Registration Opens November 1, 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 Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org

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What special events will take place during the conference?

You can see a tenative list of special events on the conference schedule at a glance page.

Special events will also be listed in the online preliminary program, the mobile app, the printed program, and on the APPAM website.

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This is my first Fall Research Conference. I heard there was a special reception for members like me?

Congratulations on attending your first APPAM Fall Research Conference! We know you're going to have a great time.

First-time attendees and new members are invited to attend a special reception on Wednesday, November 1, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Invitations will be sent out in the fall as the conference approaches. If you haven't received notification of your invitation by early October, contact Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org.

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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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What is the hotel wi-fi?

Network: APPAM

Passcode: appam2017

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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 for more details.

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Is there a nursing mother's room?

Yes, there are three options:

West tower:

  • Skyway West – Hyatt’s individual Mother’s Room next to the Fitness Center & Women’s Restroom. No key required – locks from inside.
  • Sandburg Room – 3rd Floor East – APPAM’s Mother’s Room.
    This will be locked & accessible by key only. Please request a key by emailing Samantha Oliver or requesting one at the APPAM Information/Registration Desk.

East tower:

  • Skyway East – located by Plaza Ballroom – multipurpose family/mom room.

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Are there any tips about getting around Chicago?

We recommend inputing "Upper Wacker Drive" and "Upper Stetson Avenue" into your GPS or ride-sharing app. These multi-level roads often confuse the apps, or assume the lower level unless clearly indicated.

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What meals are included in the registration rate?

Thursday: Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall and hors d'oeurves at the Welcome Reception.

Friday: Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall and hors d'oeurves at the Presidential Reception. 

Saturday: Caucus Breakfast and Poster Luncheon.

In addition, refreshment breaks will be served each afternoon in the Exhibit Hall.

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Will there be volunteer opportunities for the 2017 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?

A full list of sponsorship, advertising, and exhibitor information will be available on the APPAM website soon!

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Will any of the conference sessions be live-streamed or be accessible through video recordings?

Yes, some special events and symposia will be live-streamed and/or recorded at the conference. Additional details will be available soon.

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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 2017 Fall Conference.

There is no fee to submit a paper proposal for the 2017 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 2017 Fall Research Conference will opened in July.

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