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#2020APPAM - Research Across the Policy Lifecycle

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Research Across the Policy Lifecycle:
Formulation, Implementation, Evaluation and Back Again

November 11 - 13, 2020  | Zoom

 

The 42nd annual meeting, the APPAM 2020 Fall Research Conference, will take place entirely online. This decision was made by the APPAM Policy Council, after careful consideration of the state of the pandemic and with invaluable input from our members. The conference will now be held via Zoom starting Wednesday, November 11 through Friday, November 13, with pre-conference activities on Tuesday, November 10 (same week as already scheduled, but shifted to Wednesday-Friday). The conference will start at 11:00 am Eastern Time each day.

The Online conference will achieve as much of our usual real-time feedback, hallway chatter, and networking as we possibly can, in an effective and engaging virtual way. For more about the format of the Virtual conference, see below. 

You can read the full announcement about going virtual here.

 

Conference Theme Registration Virtual Conference Format Online Program  Code of
Conduct
Schedule at
a Glance
FAQ

 

Conference Theme

Research across the Policy Lifecycle – Formulation, Implementation, Evaluation and Back Again

New data, improved research methods, and increased policymaker attention all mean that our policies and programs have the potential to be more evidence-based than ever before. But what happens when evidence-based programs and policies are actually implemented? Policies and programs often perform differently than expected for reasons rooted in the policies or programs themselves, in the contexts in which they are implemented, or in the process of their implementation. Policymaking can benefit from research exploring the challenges of implementation in real-world contexts and the correlates of successful implementation. Evaluations both of the extent of policy success or failure and of the sources of that success or failure can help inform our understanding of where to focus attention next, precipitating the next cycle of problem identification and policy development.

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Submission and Registration Information

 

Registration is now open.

 

 

Conference registration rates for the #2020APPAM Virtual Fall Research Conference are significantly reduced than previous years.

 

 

Attendee Type

Full Registration

One-Day Pass (limit one)

APPAM Member

$125

$85

Retired Member

$95

$75

Student Member

$50

N/A

Non-Member

$175

$100

 
 
Full Registration grants access to all live sessions and recorded sessions afterwards. You will also have access to all networking and special events.

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Virtual Conference Format


APPAM is pioneering a new virtual format for  #2020APPAM, one that leverages the opportunities that a fully online conference benefits from, allowing members to communicate across platforms, connect, network and provided feedback in an innovative format. 

NEW this year:

  • Sessions will be 55 minutes rather than 90 minutes. This means shorter presentations, but more time for discussion. Presenters will also have the option to upload full presentations for conversations that are not time-limited, beyond the conference.
  • Sessions will be run as Zoom meetings, allowing for the kind of feedback and conversation that our past conferences had, even in an online format.
  • The conference hallways, usually hosting impromptu meetings and lively conversations, as well as networking opportunities will make the switch to virtual as well, via a Slack instance. The Slack communication platform is a tried and tested tool (APPAM's staff uses Slack for its internal communications) especially in a networking role (the highly succesful APPAM Hub. The is set up as a Slack instance). 
  • The Poster Sessions will feature a mix of pre-recorded video presentations (optional), slides or PDF (required) and live Q&A.
  • The conference will also feature two plenaries that will be followed by Q&A with the speakers and an open discussion with attendees in a reception format.

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Online Program

The online program is the best way to prepare for the conference as it includes the details for all 300+ sessions and events at the conference.  

 

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APPAM Code of Conduct

Participation in APPAM’s Fall Conference is dictated by adherence to the APPAM Code of Conduct. All attendees were given the opportunity to read the code and agree to abide by it as a condition for registration. The full code can be found here

The Code of Conduct Committee for 2020 is the APPAM Executive Director (Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org), President (Maria Cancian, mcancian@georgetown.edu), President-Elect (Sherry Glied, sherry.glied@nyu.edu) and a member selected by the Policy Council. That member will be announced shortly. The committee is chaired by Sherry Glied. 

APPAM has engaged an external consultant for the purposes of collecting reports and advising the Code of Conduct Committee. The external consultant is Mary Davis and she can be reached by email, mdavis2856@comcast.net. Should a report need to submitted, please refer to the code for instructions on how to do that or reach out to anyone on the Code of Conduct Committee or Mary Davis.

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Schedule at a Glance

(all times EST)
 

Wednesday, November 11

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am – 11:55 am

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm – 12:55 pm

Concurrent Sessions

1:00 pm – 1:55 pm

Poster Session Q&A

After reviewing poster presentations in the Online Program, join the presenters for a live Question & Answer Session! Presenters will be in groups of 8-10 and available to answer any questions or receive feedback attendees have to offer.

2:00 pm – 2:55 pm

Awards & Opening Plenary

Join fellow attendees at the first large gathering of the conference. We invite all attendees to come together to recognize the winners of this year’s awards then listen to our Opening Plenary. Following the plenary, attendees will be invited to join in an open discussion about the plenary or join other conversation for continued networking

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Thursday, November 12

 

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am – 11:55 am

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm – 12:55 pm

Concurrent Sessions

1:00 pm – 1:55 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:00 pm – 2:55 pm

Poster Session Q&A

After reviewing poster presentations in the Online Program, join the presenters for a live Question & Answer Session! Presenters will be in groups of 8-10 and available to answer any questions or receive feedback attendees have to offer.

3:00 pm – 3:55 pm

Presidential Address: Family Matters: Reflections on Who Counts and Why​

APPAM President, Maria Cancian of Georgetown University, will deliver her Presidential Address.​

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Policy Area Receptions

Following the Presidential Address, attendees are invited to join a reception specifically for researchers in their policy area. These Policy Area Receptions will be great opportunities for attendees to discuss topics that at the forefront of research for each area.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

 

Friday, November 13

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am – 11:55 am

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 pm – 12:55 pm

Concurrent Sessions

1:00 pm – 1:55 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:00 pm – 2:55 pm

Membership Meeting & Plenary

Join fellow attendees at the final gathering of the conference. We invite all to attend the APPAM Membership Meeting for general update on the Association, then listen to our Closing Plenary. Following the plenary, attendees will be invited to join in an open discussion about the plenary or join other conversation for continued networking.​

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

 

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Additional Questions About This Conference?

Feel free to review the FAQs below or contact Tristanne Staudt at tstaudt@appam.org.  

 

Virtual Conference FAQ Questions

Questions & Answers

Q: What days will the conference take place?

A:

The conference will be Wednesday, November 11 - Friday, November 13.  This is the same week as the previously schedule in-person conference, but the dates were shifted to avoid the weekend.

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Q: What platform will be used for the virtual conference?

A:

All conference sessions and events will be hosted on Zoom.  Concurrent sessions will use the 'meeting' format so that all audience members can use video and audio.  Plenaries will use a 'webinar' format where audience members' cameras and microphones are disabled.

The conference will also utilize a Slack platform for 24/7 networking throughout the event.

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Q: When will registration open for the conference?

A:

Registration will open the second week of August.

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Q: I'm a submitter but I don't want to present virtually. What should I do?

A:

All submitters should receive an email on July 22 allowing them to withdraw their proposal if they do not wish to participate in a virtual conference.  They will have until July 29th to withdraw their work.  If you submitted a proposal but did not receive this email, please contact Samantha Oliver Thomason, soliver@appam.org.  

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Q: When will acceptance notifications be sent?

A:

APPAM will send acceptance and rejections during the second week of August.  

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Q: How much will registration cost?

A:

Registration rates have been significantly discounted for the virtual conference, as shown below.   Additionally, we will have a day-pass option available for all professionals.  Students may only register for the full conference.  

Full access to session recordings will only be given to attendees with full registrations.  Day-pass attendees will not have access to recordings.

Attendee Type

Full Registration

One-Day Pass (limit one)

APPAM Member

$125

$85

Retired Member

$95

$75

Student Member

$50

N/A

Non-Member

$175

$100

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Q: Will the sessions look different?

A:

The conference's concurrent sessions will look different than our typical conference sessions.  The virtual sessions will be 55-minutes in length and will run every hour starting at 11:00 each day of the event.

These condensed sessions will feature short paper presentations followed by ample time for discussant feedback and audience Q&A.  In a survey related to the conference and its format, we found that most respondents preferred these shorter sessions as they're easier to follow and stay engaged.  All paper presenters will also have the opportunity to record and upload a full-length video of their presentation to the publicly available Online Porgram. 

Poster sessions will also be different.  Poster presenters will be asked to upload slides or a PDF (and optionally but encouraged video recordings) of their presentation prior to the conference.  During the conference there will be two live Q&A sessions with poster presenters where audience members are encourage to ask questions and provide feedback to the presenters.

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Q: What does a 55-minute session entail?

A:

The 55-minute sessions should largely focus around discussant feedback and audience interaction.  Paper presenters will be limited to 3 slides and 5 minutes of presentation but will also have an option to upload a full-length video of their presentation to the online program.

Sessions must follow the timing example below:

Panel Roundtable
  • 11:00 - 11:05 - Chair introduces the participants and the session topic
     
  • 11:05 - 11:10 -  First presenter presents their paper
     
  • 11:10 - 11:15 - Second presenter presents their paper
     
  • 11:15 - 11:20 - Third presenter presents their paper
     
  • 11:20 - 11:25 - Fourth presenter presents their paper
     
  • 11:25 - 11:40 - Discussant(s) presents their comments
     
  • 11:40 - 11:55 - Audience Discussion

 

Sessions with three papers should allow each 7 minutes for each paper presentation.

  • 11:00 - 11:05 - Chair/Moderator introduces the participants and the session topic
     
  • 11:05 - 11:10 -  First speaker presents
     
  • 11:10 - 11:15 - Second speaker presents
     
  • 11:15 - 11:20 - Third speaker presents
     
  • 11:20 - 11:25 - Fourth speaker presents
     
  • 11:25 - 11:40 - Moderator presents their comments
     
  • 11:40 - 11:55 - Audience Discussion
     

 

 


Sessions with less than four speakers can adjust timing so that the speaker contributions are delivered within 20 minutes.

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Q: How will networking work at at a virtual conference?

A:

Recognizing that a virtual conference cannot replicate the networking and hallway chatter opportunities that come with an in-person event, APPAM has taken several steps to maximize networking in a virtual setting.

There will be two plenaries during the conference with organized Q&A afterwards to help facilitate discussion and make new connections with peers.

There will be Policy Area Receptions on Thursday evening of the conference.  These 15 receptions will be organized by the policy areas for the conference and will include breakout rooms so attendees within the same areas can discuss the topics at the forefront of their field.

Finally, we'll have a Slack-based platform available leading up to and during the conference to allow for 24/7 networking.  Attendees will be able to participate in more general discussions but also narrow participation by policy area/interest or direct message other attendees for closer conversations. A link to join this platform will be sent to registrants prior to the conference.

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Q: How do I access online sessions?

A:

All session Zoom links will be located in the Online Program.  The newly designed program will allow you to create a schedule and export it to your preferred email provider for easier navigation the day of the event.  

The password for the sessions will be provided a few days before the conference starts.

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Q: How will sponsorship opportunities be impacted?

A:

Sponsorhip opportunities will now be limited to digital options.  Organizations that have already purchased packages, sponsored items, advertising, or exhibits will be contacted in late July with refunds and remaining opporunities.

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Q: Will sessions be recorded?

A:

Yes, all online sessions will be recorded and made available to attendees registered for the full conference after the event.

Day pass registrants will not have access to recorded sessions.

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Q: Will the audience be able to interact with presenters?

A:

All concurrent sessions will be hosted in a 'meeting' format meaning that the audience's video and audio will be open.  The sessions will have a good amount of Q&A time and audience members are encouraged to be highly active.

If you aren't able to pose your question during the live session, the newly designed online program will have a Q&A feature that will send your questions directly to the presenters.  Their responses will be posted in the online program as well.

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Q: Where can i find information about the pre-conference sessions?

A:

We will not have the traditional pre-conference sessions leading up to this year's conference.  Instead, we're working to schedule various networking or special events that normally take place during the conference on this pre-conference day.  more information will be released soon!

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Q: Where can I find the links to join sessions?

A:

You can access all Zoom Meetings using the links in the Online Program.  Ten minutes before each session's designated start time, a 'Join Now' button will appear below the title of the session in the program.  You will be placed in a waiting room until the host allows the audience into the room at the beginning of the session.

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Q: Will I be able to share my audio as an attendee?

A:

You will automatically be muted upon entry to the meeting room.  We ask that you remain on mute unless you are asking a question during the session's Q&A time.  

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Q: Do I have to use my camera?

A:

All speakers will be required to use their camera but it is optional for attendees.  We do highly encourage attendees to use their cameras though as it best replicates an in-person event.

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Q: How can I ask presenters questions?

A:

If you have a question that you’d like to ask before or after the session, please submit it through the Q&A function in the Online Program. Conference panelists will monitor the Online Program Q&A from November 4 – November 18. You must create an Online Program account in order to participate in the Online Program Q&A. Questions posted in the Online Program Q&A before the session will not be asked during the live session.

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