2017 Fall Research Conference



Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions

November 2 - 4, 2017  | Hyatt Regency |  Chicago, IL

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, workshops, symposia, and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.


2017 Conference Theme: "Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions"

This conference focused on the importance of data and measurement, and celebrated the government staff who work to improve the measures we use every day. At recent Fall Conferences, we have heard about the importance of using evidence and research in policy making; focusing on data and measurement is the next step. It is more essential than ever, in light of recent criticism of government data and statistics, to demonstrate the importance of both. 

The 39th APPAM Fall Conference was held in Chicago, a city that hosted the first APPAM conference in 1979. In a nod to the importance of state and local policy, we encouraged submissions that examine data, measurement and analysis from states and cities, strengthening our connection to the local communities. As Becky Blank, Past President of APPAM and current Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin- Madison, has said Always remember that measurement matters!”


Schedule at a Glance and Program Information

Browse the scedule at a glance, or visit the preliminary program website. Flip through the full program below.


Special Events 

Browse the #2017APPAM Pre-Conference Workshop and Special Events, as well as the Student Resouces, which included a PhD Program Fair and the Student Mixer events.


Conference Coverage

Check out the complete conference coverage, including photos, interviews and blogs from around #2017APPAM! Watch APPAM President David Johnson and Immediate Past President Carolyn Heinrich talk about the 2017 conference theme:


2017 Survey 

If you attended #2017APPAM, thank you in advance for completing the 10-question conference survey. Your input and feedback is extremely important to us and will help APPAM improve future conferences and events.
We thank you for your participation and engagement during #2017APPAM, bringing your knowledge, insights, and enthusiasm for using data and measurement to make better decisions. You joined more than 2,100 peers for over 300 sessions, 11 special events and 220 poster presentations over four days.
By completing the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win one of three FREE 2018 Fall Research Conference registrations!
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