Fall Research Conference


2015 Symposium and Special Events


Wednesday, November 11, 2015


New Member/First Time Conference Attendee Reception 

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

APPAM welcomes our new members and first time conference attendees. Join us for cocktails and get to know other new members and first time attendees and meet the APPAM Policy Council. This is a great opportunity to network and learn more about APPAM activities and how to make the most of your first time at the Fall Conference. Invitations will be sent out in the coming weeks to all new members and first time attendees.

Streamed Sessions at APPAM's Fall Research Conference  

If you are unable to attend APPAM's 2015 Fall Research Conference in Miami, November 12-14 and wish to experience some of the conference, APPAM has the solution. During the Fall Research Conference, APPAM will be live streaming three, ninety-minute symposia focused on evidence-based policy.

From the comfort of your home or office computer you can experience a little piece of the conference for free. Registering for one or all three of the sessions is easy. Simply click on the link below, choose which session(s) you want to sit in on, fill out the registration form and submit. It's that easy. You'll receive a confirmation email with details on how to log in to the session(s) you have selected.

You can register up until the day of the session(s).

Click here to register for free now!


Thursday, November 12, 2015



Lunch Symposium: Using Experiments for Evidence-Based Policy: Lessons from the Private Sector 


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Jim Manzi, Applied Predictive Technologies
Speakers: Jon Baron, Laura and John Arnold Foundation; and Rebecca Maynard, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

A little known fact among social scientists is that many of the nation’s major corporations, including Bank One, Google, Victoria’s Secret, Subway, Macy’s, and many others, use random-assignment designs to test new products, employee training programs, customer reactions to advertising, store placement of products, and a host of other issues that impact their bottom line. Jim Manzi, whose company has helped over 150 businesses conduct these evaluations, will describe how his company employs randomized controlled trials to help company’s improve their bottom line and the implications of his experience in the private sector for creating evidence-based social programs. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

The streaming of this session is brought to you by Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Symposium: Adding a Pillar to Evidence-Based Management: Combining Evaluation with Operational Feedback

5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

Chair: Robert Doar, American Enterprise Institute
Speakers: Carolyn Heinrich, Vanderbilt University; James Knickman, New York Health Foundation; and Vivian Tseng, W. T. Grant Foundation

The claim of a “Golden Age of Evidence Based Policy” depends on the use of evidence at every stage of the policy and program implementation processes. At the implementation stage, until now the use of evidence has largely consisted of managers relying on operational feedback to guide decisions. These feedback and action cycles have often taken the form of “performance-stat” types of processes; i.e., reports from the field in real time on performance metrics.  But even the best of these measures fall short of gauging impacts, or the value-added of intervention programs. Because funders and the public increasingly demand evidence of impacts, managers increasingly recognize the need to supplement operational feedback with the results of rigorous evaluations that assess program impacts. The prospects and challenges of adding program impacts to the theory and practice of management is the focus of this session.

The streaming of this session is brought to you by Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Welcome Reception

6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Join all your fellow APPAM attendees as we kick off the Fall Research Conference over hors d'oeuvres and cocktails along the riverfront at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

APPAM thanks sponsors for their contributions that make the Welcome Reception possible.


Friday, November 13, 2015


Spencer Foundation Award Lecture & Breakfast

7:00 am - 8:15 am

Join your peers for the lecture, Public Policy and Educational Inequality, by the 2015 Spencer Foundation Award winner, Sean Reardon, Stanford University. A buffet breakfast will be provided for all attendees. Registration for this event is now closed.

Membership & Awards Luncheon (Ticket required)

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Plan to attend this popular lunch event to see the presentation of the APPAM Best Dissertation Award to Manasi Deshpande, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the presentation of the Raymond Vernon Memorial Award to Thomas S. Dee, Stanford University and James H. Wyckoff, University of Virginia and hear Rebecca Blank, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin - Madison the 2015 Exemplar Award winner give her lecture, Managing Big Public Institutions: Stories from the Front Lines. Members will also participate in the annual membership meeting. At this time, APPAM members will formally elect the leadership to the Policy Council and discuss Association business. 

A separate ticket is required for lunch (but not to attend the business meeting) and can be purchased during the registration process.

Symposium: Can Preschool Programs Implemented on a Broad Scale Have Lasting Impacts?

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Chair: Ajay Chaudry, Consultant
Speakers: Dale Farran, Vanderbilt University; Sara Mead, Bellwether Associates; Russ Whitehurst, Brookings Institution; and Hiro Yoshikawa, New York University

Although the public perception is that high quality preschool programs can significantly boost the development of poor children, there is lively debate about whether national implementation of a preschool program such as the one proposed by the Obama administration would produce lasting impacts on the intellectual and social development of poor children. Debate in this symposium will address four issues: 1) whether small-scale model programs can produce lasting impacts and if so on what outcomes; 2) whether national scale-up of preschool programs can produce lasting impacts on most preschool children who participate; 3) what should be the characteristics of an ideal national program and what local entities should implement the program?; and 4) how much would a national program cost?

Presidential Address

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presidential Reception

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Immediately following the APPAM Presidential Address, join your fellow APPAM attendees for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. All conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

Past Presidents’ Reception & Dinner (Invitation Only)


APPAM is pleased to welcome all APPAM’s past presidents to share cocktails and dinner in recognition of their service to APPAM and the public policy and management communities. This event is by invitation only. All APPAM past presidents will be invited.

Student Mixer

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Caucus Breakfast

7:15 am - 8:15 am

These informal discussions center on an emerging policy or management topic and are led by a moderator. Focusing around evolving research topics, participants are encouraged to provide feedback, questions, and discourse. A light breakfast will be provided for all caucus speakers and attendees.