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The annual APPAM Convention is a gathering of accomplished scholars, practitioners, and students with a goal of disseminating and cross-pollinating cutting-edge research in relevant public policy topics. If you are interested in learning about and presenting your research on public policy topics, it is a must-go conference. Count me in!

~Abe Song,PhD Student, George Mason University

2018 Fall Research Conference Special Events



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.

Wednesday, November 7

Pre-Conference Workshop

Research to Policy Boot Camp: A Communications Toolkit for Researchers

Wednesday, 11:00 am 4:30 pm
Salon 1 - Lobby Level; breakouts will be held in Marriott Balcony A and) 

To make a difference in today’s policy ecosystem, scholars must think beyond the academic journal. With funding often contingent on real-world influence, many academics and organizations know they must modernize but don’t know how.

The Urban Institute is pioneering new ways to communicate and share what we’ve learned in a research to policy boot camp. This workshop teaches researchers how to navigate the fragmented media and policy landscape by making their insights accessible to diverse audiences, forming a narrative, developing an outreach plan, and putting it into action. Each session of the workshop focuses on a different communication strategy: data visualization, presentation skills, social media, blog writing, interacting with reporters, and developing a cohesive communication strategy. Speakers—each of whom is an expert in his or her field—share their strategies to help attendees gain the skills and tools they need to communicate in modern, sophisticated ways.

Registration for this workshop is separate from the full conference registration. The cost for this workshop is $50 for APPAM members and $65 for non-members. To attend, select the Pre-Conference Workshop as an add-on during regular conference registration.

Thursday, November 8

Wellness Workout: Fun Run & Walk (NEW)

Thursday, 6:30 am 7:30 am 
Meet in the hotel main lobby

There will be three course leaders that will run/walk at various paces to accommodate participants of all levels. Course maps will also be provided for those that prefer to run on their own. The full course is three miles through Rock Creek Park, but participants are welcome to do as much or as little as they’d like.

RSVP here.

PhD Program Directors Meeting

Thursday, 8:30 am 10:00 am 
8223 - Lobby Level

Please join us for the 3rd policy PhD Program Directors meeting to take place during the 2018 Fall Research Conference. This meeting will provide an opportunity to connect with others in the field who are facing similar challenges to identify and discuss helpful solutions to some of today's most pressing challenges as a program director.
All attendees are welcome at the meeting; however discussion will focus on the topics such as comprehensive and qualifying exam formats, required/core courses, professional development opportunities & recruitment, and how to better prepare PhD students for the academic job market.

Opening Luncheon

Thursday, 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 
Thurgood Marshall Southwest - Mezz Level

Join your fellow members for an opening luncheon to kick off the conference. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues or schedule time to get to know someone new.

The Future of Public Policy Education: Three top policy school deans will discuss the state of public policy education, what issues the field is grappling with, job prospects for graduates, and what the future holds for APPAM member schools. 

  •     Michael Barr, Dean, The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
  •     Doug Elmendorf, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
  •     Cecelia Rouse, Dean, The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Tickets may be purchased during the registration process and onsite at the Registration Desk for $38.

Poster Happy Hour (NEW)

Thursday, 3:30 pm 5:00 pm 
Exhibit Hall

In lieu of concurrent sessions on Thursday afternoon, 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.

Equity & Inclusion Fellow Meetup  (NEW)

Thursday, 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 
Lincoln 1 - Exhibit Level

Exclusive to the fellowship recipients, this new event offers another opportunity for fellows to meet and network.

Mentor Matching Program Meetup

Thursday, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Designated space in Exhibit Hall C - Exhibit Level

Participants in the 2018 mentoring program are invited to connect at this meetup. Enjoy food and drink from the Welcome Reception, network with fellow participants, and meet your mentor/mentee in person.

Welcome Reception

Thursday, 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
Exhibit Hall C - Exhibit Level

Attendees are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for the evening. The year's reception will include carving and action stations for a variety of hearty food options as you mingle with fellow attendees.


Friday, November 9

Wellness Workout: HIIT (NEW)

Friday, 7:00 am 7:30 am 
Thurgood Marshall North - Mezz Level

Join us for a high intensity circuit workout! Define and strengthen your body in this muscle conditioning class combining cardio and strength exercises. Be prepared to work a multitude of muscle groups through a series of exercises in this 30-minute class. All fitness levels are welcome.

RSVP here.

Membership and Awards Breakfast (NEW)

Friday, 7:30 am 8:30 am
Lincoln 4 - Exhibit Level

This new breakfast serves as the annual APPAM membership meeting. An overview of what has been going on at APPAM, a presentation of the slate of candidates for the APPAM Policy Council and a discussion of the future of APPAM will be presented. Awards being presented during this breakfast include the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award, PhD Dissertation Award, and the 40 for 40 Fellowship recipients.

RSVP here.

Institutional Representative Meeting

Friday, 8:30 am 10:00 am 
McKinley - Mezz Level

RSVP to Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org, by October 31st. A formal agenda will follow.

Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Luncheon

Friday, 12:00 pm 1:15 pm
Thurgood Marshall West - Mezz Level

The recipients of the 2018 APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellowship are invited to formally network with each other and members of the Policy Council during this luncheon. Recipients will be recognized for their accomplishments and bright futures.

The program will start with a welcome from APPAM President, David Johnson, University of Michigan, followed by the presentation of awards by APPAM Diversity Committee Chair, John Martinez, MDRC. John B. King, Jr., President and CEO of The Education Trust, and previously secretary of education for President Barack Obama, will deliver the keynote address for all attendees. The event is by invite only.

The Equity & Inclusion Fellowship was created in an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities. The goal of this fellowship program is to introduce recipients to the world of public policy and APPAM, and foster a lifelong affiliation and engagement with both.

This luncheon is sponsored by Mathematica Policy Research, MDRC, and Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

AnchorPhD Program Fair

Friday, 12:00 pm 1:15 pm
Thurgood Marshall East - Mezz Level

The PhD Program Fair is a great opportunity for individuals interested in a PhD degree to make connections with institutions offering PhD programs. Select APPAM Institutional Members who offer a PhD program will be onsite to discuss the benefits of their programs with the registered attendees.

While this event is free to attend, tickets for this event must be reserved through the registration process. The 2018 PhD Program Fair is open only to students not currently enrolled in a PhD program and professionals who do not hold a PhD.

Peter H. Rossi Super Session (NEW)

Friday, 1:30 pm 3:00 pm
Lincoln 4 - Exhibit Level

The 2018 recipient of the Peter H. Rossi award will deliver a short talk. Stay tuned for details after the winner is selected.

David N. Kershaw Super Session (NEW)

Friday, 3:15 pm 4:45 pm
Lincoln 4 - Exhibit Level

The 2018 recipient of the David N. Kershaw award will deliver a short talk. Stay tuned for details after the winner is selected.

Presidential Address & APPAM Awards 

Friday, 5:00 pm 6:30 pm
Thurgood Marshall Southwest - Mezz Level

The Friday evening address will feature presentations of the David N. Kershaw Award and the Peter H. Rossi Award, as well as the Presidential Address delivered by APPAM President David Johnson. The format will change a bit this year, with drinks available during the event and continuing into the following reception.

Presidential Reception

Friday, 6:30 pm 8:00 pm
Thurgood Marshall Northeast - Mezz Level

All conference attendees are invited to enjoy food and drinks with peers and congratulate the 2018 award winners during the evening reception.


Friday, 7:45 pm 9:15 pm
Taft - Mezz Level

As research on issues facing the LGBTQI communities has increased, APPAM has been consistent in supporting related sessions at the Fall Research Conference to ensure this important work is being heard.

For the first time ever, the 2018 conference features a formal LGBTQI Mixer directly following the Presidential Reception. Relax and mingle with fellow members of the LGBTQI communities as well as scholars working on these topics. Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Attendance is not limited to conference attendees.

RSVP here.

Student Mixer

Friday, 7:45 pm 9:15 pm
Stone's Throw Restaurant - Lobby Level

Students and recent graduates are encouraged to attend the annual APPAM Student Mixer. The event will be an informal opportunity to network and collaborate with other student attendees. Wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. All student conference attendees, senior scholars, exhibitors and organizations interviewing at the Fall Research Conference are invited to attend.

Saturday, November 10

Wellness Workout: Flow Yoga (NEW)

Saturday, 6:30 am 7:15 am 
Thurgood Marshall North - Mezz Level

Start the final day of the conference with 45 minutes of relaxation during the morning’s flow yoga class. Mats will be provided and all levels are welcome.

RSVP here.

Poster Luncheon

Saturday, 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 
Exhibit Hall

This poster luncheon is free to all conference attendees, but a ticket will be required to pick up a lunch. Tickets, which will be limited, can be obtained from any of the presenting authors during the session.

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