2018 Fall Research Conference Proposal Submission



Evidence for Action:
Encouraging Innovation and Improvement

November 8 - 10, 2018  | Washington Marriott Wardman Park |  Washington, DC

The APPAM Fall Research Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.

Submission Information

The submission period for the 2018 Fall Research Conference was February 5 through April 11, 2018. Submissions are now closed. Acceptance notifications will go out mid July.

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.

Proposals are accepted in 15 policy areas. We encourage submissions that discuss how to generate and capitalize on evidence to improve outcomes and inform decision making. We challenge applicants to consider questions like:

  • How can we leverage innovative technologies and techniques, such as rapid cycle evaluation, program dashboards, and data analytics, to improve programs?
  • What challenges do local organizations face while building and making use of evidence?
  • What does effective evidence-based policy look like at different levels of government?
  • How can researchers, policy makers, and program leaders better engage with each other?
  • What factors lead to impacts and how can these elements be extracted, shared, and applied?
  • What tools effectively assist decision making at the ground level and what are we missing?

We are soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers, (3) roundtables, and (4) posters. Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be no more than 500 words; if a panel of papers is proposed, there should be a summary of each paper plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Descriptions for roundtables should be no more than 500 words, plus a listing of participants and a summary of their contributions.

Please note:

  • Individuals may only serve as a presenting author on one panel throughout the conference, though they may serve in other roles multiple times.
  • Individuals may not serve as a chair or discussant for a panel on which they are also presenting a paper. They may also not serve as both the chair and discussant on the same panel.

2018 Policy Areas:

Submitters will be able to select both a primary and secondary policy area for their proposals. We realize that research isn't always limited to one area, so the multiple areas will help the Program Committee better review the submissions and identify them in the conference program.

  • Crime, Justice, and Drugs
  • Education
  • Employment and Training Programs
  • Family and Child Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Housing, Community Development, and Urban Policy
  • Innovations in Science and Technology
  • Methods and Tools of Analysis
  • National Security and Homeland Security
  • Natural Resource Security, Energy, and Environmental Policy
  • Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Population and Migration Issues
  • Poverty and Income Policy
  • Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Social Equity and Race

How to Submit a Proposal

Please use the following link to access the submission page.  For specific instructions on the submission process, please download the necessary pdf as shown below. All proposals are due no later than April 11, 2018.

Panel Submission Instructions

Important Dates

February 5 Submissions Open
April 11 Submissions Close
Mid-July Notifications Sent
August 31 Speaker Confirmation Due
November 8 - 10 2018 Fall Research Conference
Paper/Project Submission Instructions
Poster Submission Instructions
Roundtable Submission Instructions


Session Definitions

Panel - Panels include 3-4 papers.  A chair and at least one, and a maximum of two discussants are required. Presenting authors may not serve as the chair or discussant on the same panel. Individuals may only present a paper on one panel throughout the conference, though they may serve as a chair or discussant multiple times.

Roundtable - Roundtables are not paper dependent, but rather feature speakers who will discuss a topic from varying perspectives and draw the audience into a discussion on the topic. Roundtable proposals should include no more than 4 speakers plus a moderator.

Poster - Poster submissions are single paper proposals that are presented in a poster format. Presenters will be asked to discuss their work and answer questions during each poster session. A first, second, and third place winner will be selected from the presenters each day.

Single Paper Listing

If you are interested in submitting a panel but need additional papers to complete your proposal, we invite you to review the Single Paper Listing which will be updated weekly as submissions are received. This listing includes the policy area and abstracts for each single paper submitted for inclusion in the 2018 Fall Research Conference. Fully submitted panel submissions have an average acceptance rate of 47% compared to 26% for single paper submissions. Check out the Single Paper Listing to find other similar papers and re-submit your work as a panel.

View the available single papers.

Help Ensure Your Submission is Accepted! 

Submission webinar

Ever wonder why some sessions get accepted and others don't? Learn how to get accepted!

Review out the recorded webinar for tips on getting your Fall Research Conference submission to stand out!

Here are a few tips to submitting a successful proposal

  • Exemplify a Range of Perspectives and Methodologies
    Consider the diversity of your proposal participants with regards to geography, race, organizational afiliation, and ethnicity.
  • Include Practitioners as Much as Possible
    No panel should include more than one presenting author from the same organization.  When possible, consider adding practitioners from both the government and private sectors.
  • Ensure All Participants are Aware of the Proposal
    Before submitting, please ensure the participation of each presenter listed in the proposal.  If you need additional presenters or papers, consult the Single Paper Listing Resource regularly.
  • Look Abroad
    We encourage members and the public policy community at large to include their peers who are doing important work around the world.
  • Build a Panel
    Fully submitted panel submissions have an average acceptance rate of 47% compared to 26% for single paper submissions.  Check out the Single Paper Listing to find other similar papers and re-submit your work as a panel.


If you have any questions about the conference you can check out the FAQ page or contact Tristanne Staudt.

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