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.

Call for Proposals 
Share Your Expertise at the Premiere Public Policy Conference

Proposals are now being 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.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. After review by the APPAM Program Committee, all submitters will receive notification by mid-July.

Back By Popular Demand, the Mentorship Program Will Continue for 2018

In all submission types, professional members will have the opportunity to volunteer as a mentor to a student member of APPAM. This valuable program matches student attendees with policy experts to connect one-on-one during the conference. Mentors will be available to offer advice on professional development issues, examine job search strategies, discuss research projects and ideas, and answer any questions students may have as they approach graduation.

Submissions are open!

Review all submission information here .


Call for Proposals 
Student Professional Development Sessions

APPAM is seeking to host a series of sessions specifically programed for student member attendees throughout the 2018  Fall Research Conference. We have held several of these sessions in the past on topics ranging from The Grant Writing Process, Tips for Getting Published, Policy Career Paths, and Data Visualization. We wish to continue these sessions in 2018 and are seeking proposals from policy practitioners and students to help drive session content.

We invite all policy professionals and students to submit a session proposal(s) on topics of interest to students such as resume tips and CV pointers, presentation skills, bridging the gap between graduate school and your policy career, and how to effectively communicate your research. Proposals are encouraged to be original in design and attract a broad audience of about 20 - 40 students and newer professionals.

Download submissions details.

New in 2018!

Innovation Lounge

Take advantage of the new Innovation Lounge near the conference registration desk. This lounge invites attendees to freely network, discuss timely topics, and explore new research directions. Light refreshments and wi-fi will be available throughout the conference. Attendees may pre-schedule the space to share their innovative ideas in public policy.

Super Sessions

New this year, the 2018 conference will debut super sessions. Nine of these sessions will be held throughout the conference, each focusing on a different policy area.

An alternative to the symposia structure of past conferences, the super sessions are opportunities to gather with a large number of attendees from a single policy area.

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 Invite Only
Pre-Conference Workshop 11:00 am – 4:45 pm
Registration 1:00 – 7:30 pm
Policy Council Meeting Invite Only


Thursday, November 8

Registration 7:45 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Policy PhD Program Directors Meeting 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Concurrent Sessions 10:15 am – 11:45 am
Membership & Awards 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
Welcome Reception 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Friday, November 9

Registration 7:45 am – 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Institutional Representatives Meeting 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Poster Session 10:00 am – 11:30 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 Meet Up 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Student Mixer 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm


Saturday, November 10

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



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