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2019 Spring Conference


2019 Spring Conference

Are We Preparing Our Students for Success?

Employment Outlooks for Policy Graduate Students

May 14 - 15, 2019
Mathematica Policy Research  |  1100 First Street NE #1200, Washington, DC

This conference will bring together graduate program representatives, and academic and non-academic employers to look at the skills being taught in graduate policy programs, discuss curricula trends and assess whether these skills are what employers need in practice.  We look forward to following your thoughts on this event on Twitter: Please use the hashtag #APPAMSpring19!

Registration is open to all APPAM members and the general public, not just institutional representatives.



Registration Rates

The fee for this conference is $25.  It includes a reception and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, and all educational sessions. 


Hotel Information

Although we do not have a room block available for this conference, there are several excellent hotel options near the Mathematica Policy Research office, including:



Tuesday, May 14th

  • Welcome Reception: 4:30 - 6:00 
  • Dinner Plenary: 6:00 - 7:30 

Wednesday, May 15th

  • Breakfast:  8:00 - 9:00
  • Opening Plenary/Keynote: 9:00 - 10:15 
  • Concurrent Sessions: 10:30 - 11:30
  • Lunch: 11:30 - 12:30
  • Concurrent Sessions: 12:45 - 1:45
  • Concurrent Sessions: 2:00 - 3:00

View our complete agenda here.


Data Gathering Effort

Currently, we have no data on APPAM member PhD programs or our non-academic employer members. We will be conducting two surveys, one for each group, to assess the differences between PhD programs and to gauge what skills employers are looking for from potential employees. Please see below for more information about each survey.  Our goal is to share both sets of survey results, in aggregate, at the Spring Conference, and we would greatly appreciate and value your participation and contributions. We will not identify respondents. Both surveys will close on April 15th.

PhD Program Survey

APPAM-affiliated PhD program directors have consistently asked for information regarding peer programs to assist with curriculum development, professional development, recruitment, and other program goals. There is little comprehensive information available, so APPAM is attempting to collect these data through the institutional reps. We have intentionally designed a short and concise survey focused on critical topics of interest that should not take more than 15-30 minutes to complete. The more responses we receive, the more robust and comprehensive information we will have to share. 
**If you are a PhD Program Director, please take this survey.
**If you would prefer to review the questions first and then take the survey, the survey questions can be found here. 
Non-Academic Employer Survey

There is a joint interest of APPAM academic and non-academic institutional members for policy and public affairs programs to produce graduates with marketable skills. However, there is little information available about the skills desired of new Masters-level and new Doctorate-level researchers employed by APPAM’s non-academic institutional members. APPAM is launching this data collection as a benefit to both our academic and non-academic members to help graduate programs improve the match between the skills of graduates and those desired by research firms.

**If you are a Non-Academic Employer, please take this survey. 

**If you would prefer to review the questions first and then take the survey, the survey questions can be found here



For conference information, to secure a sponsorship or any other questions, please contact Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org.

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