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 will focus on the importance of data and measurement, and celebrate 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.  

We invite submissions that will emphasize the importance of measurement in public policy analysis, discuss how data are used to evaluate policy and performance, and demonstrate how different data or measures affect results. We encourage papers that examine new data (e.g., “Big data”), new uses for current survey data, and the integration of both survey and administrative data. Symposia and roundtables will present unique data sets that have been used to evaluate policy, the importance of federal data and federal measurement of key indicators, and the results of the recent effort on evidence-based policy making.

The 39th APPAM Fall Conference will take place in Chicago, a city that hosted the first APPAM conference in 1979. In a nod to the importance of state and local policy, we encourage 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!”


Registration for the 2017 Fall Research Conference will be open on July 17th. Details regarding registration fees will be available in late Spring.


The 2017 Fall Research Conference submission period has now closed. Notifications will be delivered in mid-July. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal.

Schedule at a Glance

The preliminary schedule at a glance can be found here.  Please note this is a draft schedule and is subject to change.

Hotel & Travel Information

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL. The hotel is just steps away from Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" and the "L" trains. Chicago Midway International Airport is the closest airport at 12 miles away, but O'Hare International Airport is just under 17 miles from the hotel. Hotel room block information will be available when registration for the event opens in July.


Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Drive

Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60601


Visit the Hyatt Regency Chicago website.


Important Dates

Submission Collection Opens February 1
Submission Collection Closes April 5
Accept/Reject Notifications Mid-July
Registration Opens July 17
Speaker Confirmation Date August 31
2017 Fall Research Conference November 2 - 4



If you have any questions about registration, the conference, or anything else related to our annual event, you can check out the FAQ page or contact Tristanne Staudt.

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