2018 Fall Research Conference



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.

2018 Conference Theme
Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement

Why the gem?

RubyRuby is the traditional stone to commemorate a 40th anniversary. Known for its vivid red color, rubies can also exhibit secondary shades like orange, purple and pink. They are a desirable stone due to the bold color, hardness, durability, and rarity. You'll notice both the gem graphic and ruby-inspired colors for this 40th anniversary conference.

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.

Please note: All notifications have been sent out. If you have a question, please email info@appam.org.


Conference registration is open from July 16 - October 30.

 Attendee Type Early (7/16 - 9/28) Regular (9/29 - 10/30) Onsite (11/7 - 11/10)
 APPAM Member $365 $485 $560
 Non-Member $530 $650 $725
 Student Member $110 $130 $195

Please note that no refunds will be given for canceled registrations.

Work for the government? Email Ryan Martz for a 15% discount. Must have a.gov email.

Student attendees must be APPAM members (we do not currently offer a student non-member registration). Membership is $40 per year; find details here.

Registration is Open!


New in 2018!

Innovation Lounge

A new concept being introduced at the 2018 conference is the Innovation Lounge, an easy-to-access space near registration where experienced researchers are invited to meet and share cutting-edge research with conference attendees. To have your research included in the Innovation Lounge programming, we invite you to submit a brief proposal, explaining your originative or leading-edge work, what you hope to achieve in your research, and how it will impact the policy community. Submissions will open in late-July.

Innovation Lounge Sessions will be 45-minutes in length and will be scheduled throughout the duration of the full three-day conference.  All conference attendees are welcome to attend these highly-interactive sessions. 

Super Sessions

New this year, the 2018 conference will debut super sessions. Eight of these sessions will be held throughout the conference, focusing on different policy areas, topics or awards. An alternative to the symposia structure of past conferences, the super sessions are opportunities to gather with a large number of attendees around a single focus. You can find the full slate of super session offerings here.

Thursday Poster Happy Hour

In lieu of a 3:30 – 5:00 pm block of concurrent sessions on Thursday, join us for a new poster happy hour. This session serves as one of the conference’s three judged poster events and will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. This happy hour will flow directly into the Welcome Reception with heavy appetizers and a full bar. All attendees are welcome to attend both.

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, November 7

Executive Committee Meeting 9:00 - 11:00 am (invite only)
Pre-Conference Workshop 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Registration 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Policy Council Meeting 11:30 am - 4:00 pm (invite only)


Thursday, November 8

Morning Workout: Fun Run & Walk 6:30 am - 7:30 am
Registration 7:45 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Policy PhD Program Directors Meeting 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Concurrent Sessions 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Concurrent Sessions 10:15 am – 11:45 am
Opening Luncheon 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Poster Session Happy Hour 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Meetup 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Mentor Matching Program Meetup 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Friday, November 9

Morning Workout: High Intensity Interval Training 7:00 am - 7:30 am
Membership & Awards Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Registration 7:45 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Institutional Representatives Meeting 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Concurrent Sessions 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Concurrent Sessions 10:15 am – 11:45 am
Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Luncheon Invite Only
PhD Program Fair 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
JPAM Editorial Board Meeting 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Presidential Address & Awards 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Presidential Reception 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
LGBTQI Mixer 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Student Mixer 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm


Saturday, November 10

Morning Workout: Flow Yoga 6:30 am - 7:15 am
Registration 7:45 am – 12:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Concurrent Sessions 10:15 am – 11:45 am
Poster Session and Luncheon 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions: Last Session Lottery 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Important Dates

Registration Opens July 16
Early Registration Closes September 28
Speaker Registration Deadline September 28
Paper Upload Deadline October 26
Regular Registration Closes October 30
2018 Fall Research Conference November 8 - 10


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