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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 12 - 14, 2020  | Marriott Wardman Park Hotel |  Washington, DC

 

As our 42nd annual meeting, the APPAM 2020 Fall Research Conference will be a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting 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.

In light of the recent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, APPAM is renewing its committment to the fall conference, even if it had to take a format other than an in-person meeting, we know that in this period of uncertainty, you might need a little more time to pull submissions together and we will be responsive to that, stay tuned.

 

Conference Theme Registration Pre-Conference Workshop RFP Program & Mobile App Hotel & Travel Code of
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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


Decisions on the Conference will be released late July. 

Registration will open in July and rates will be posted closer to that time. 

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Pre-Conference Workshop RFP


APPAM is will host a workshop on Wednesday, November 11 just prior to the start of the 2020 Fall Research Conference: Research Across the Policy Lifecycle: Formulation to Evaluation and Back Again. APPAM has held several of these workshops with APPAM Institutional Members creating the content.

We invite all APPAM Institutional Members to submit a workshop proposal on an emerging policy or topic of interest such as methodology, management topics, or timely research.The topic does not have to correspond with the overall Fall Research Conference them, though it should be able to translate to a virtual format, should that be necessary. Examples of past pre-conference workshops included big data, microsimulation models, and policy engagement. Deadline June 12. More information here.

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Online Program and Mobile App

The online program will be available in July 2020.  It is the best way to prepare for the conference as it includes the details for all 300+ sessions and events at the conference.  

 

The APPAM Fall Research Conference mobile app will once again be available to all attendees. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, this handy application can help you keep track of your schedule, network with fellow attendees both near and far, find presenters and papers at a touch, and utilize social media to enhance your experience
 

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Hotel and Travel Information

Hotel Details

Please note that all 2020 Fall Research Conference sessions and events will take place at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, located at 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20008 USA. The hotel desk can be reached at (202) 328-2000.
 

The #2020APPAM Hotel Block will be open in early Summer.

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Airport Information

Dulles International Airport 

30 miles / 40-minute drive – Driving directions from Dulles Airport to the Washington Marriott Wardman Park are available here.

Metro Directions:

  • From the airport, take the SL1 bus to the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station, about 10 minutes.
  • Take the Silver Line toward Largo Town Center to the Metro Center Station, about 40 minutes.
  • At the Metro Center Station, transfer to the Red Line toward Shady Grove.
  • Get off at the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station, about 10 minutes.
  • Walk a block to the hotel: south on 24th St. NW, take the immediate right onto the hotel drive.

Reagan National Airport

7 miles / 20-minute drive – Driving directions from Reagan National Airport to the Washington Marriott Wardman Park are available here.

Metro Directions:

  • The metro station is directly outside the airport.
  • Take the Yellow Line toward Fort Totten to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station, about 15 minutes.
  • At the Gallery Place Station, transfer to the Red Line toward Shady Grove.
  • Get off at the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station, about 10 minutes.
  • Walk a block to the hotel: south on 24th St. NW, take the immediate right onto the hotel drive.

Baltimore Washington International Airport

40 miles / 1-hour drive – Driving directions from Baltimore Airport to the Washington Marriott Wardman Park are available here.

Train and Metro Direction:

  • Take the BWI Amtrack/MARC shuttle to the train station, about 15 minutes.
  • Take an Amtrack, Acela or MARC train to Union Station in Washington, DC, about 30-45 minutes.
  • At Union Station, board the Metro Red Line toward Shady Grove.
  • Get off at the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station, about 10 minutes.
  • Walk a block to the hotel: south on 24th St. NW, take the immediate right onto the hotel drive.

Ground Transportation

Rental Cars

The major rental car companies can be found at all of the airports.

Rental Bicycles

Shuttles, Taxis, and Ridesharing Information

Apps like LyftUber, and Via are widely used in the DC area, providing both rideshare and private car services.

Metro Service

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has a Metro station just 1 block from the hotel. Find directions to the Woodley-Park Zoo Metro Station here.

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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 is . 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

 

Wednesday, November 11

Pre-Conference Workshop 

11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Thursday, November 12

Morning Workout: Fun Run & Walk

6:30 am - 7:30 am

Registration

7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

8:00 am – 7:00 pm

APPAM Communities Gatherings

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Innovation Lounge Sessions

8:30 am – 5:15 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

Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Welcome Reception with Posters

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Mentor Matching Program Meetup

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Meetup (invite only)

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Friday, November 13

Morning Workout

6:30 am - 7:30 am

Registration

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Membership & Awards Breakfast

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Exhibit Hall

8:00 am – 7:00 pm

APPAM Communities Gatherings

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Innovation Lounge Sessions

8:30 am – 5:15 pm

Institutional Representatives Meeting
(invite only)

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

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

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 & Happy Hour

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Presidential Reception

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Student Mixer

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Saturday, November 14

Morning Workout

6:30 am - 7:30 am

Registration

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Exhibit Hall

8:00 am – 1:30 pm

APPAM Communities Gatherings

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Innovation Lounge Sessions

8:30 am – 5:15 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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Additional Questions About This Conference?

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

 

Conference Submission FAQ Questions

Questions & Answers

Q: What types of proposals does APPAM usually invite?

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We are soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers, (3) roundtables, (4) super sessions and (5) posters.

Submission Definitions

Single Paper - Single paper submissions are individual research papers that will be reviewed and combined with 2-3 other papers to form cohesive panels.  Submissions should note the presenting author and include an abstract of no more than 500 words.

Panel - Panels include 3-4 papers.  A chair and at least one, and a maximum of two discussants are required.  Two discussants are encouraged for panels with four papers. Presenting authors may not serve as the chair or discussant on the same panel. Individuals may only present a paper on one panel throughout the conference, though they may serve as a chair or discussant multiple times.

Roundtable - Roundtables are not paper dependent, but rather feature speakers who will discuss a topic from varying perspectives and draw the audience into a discussion on the topic.  Roundtable proposals should include no more than 4 speakers plus a moderator.

Super Session- Super sessions are alternatives to a traditional symposium as seen as past events.  These sessions are designed to gather a large number of attendees from a single policy area and should focus on topics that have a broad impact on public policy.  

Poster - Poster submissions are single paper proposals that are presented in a poster format.  Presenters will be asked to discuss their work and answer questions during each poster session.  A first, second, and third pace winner will be selected from the presenters each day.

Please note that the Program Committee reserves the right to alter, combine and even transform proposals as it builds sessions for the conference.

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Q: What information do I need to submit a panel?

A:

In order to submit you will need the names, email addresses and affiliations of all participants, including non-presenting authors. You will also be asked to submit the following:

  1. Panel Title
  2. Overall Panel Abstract (no more than 500 words)
  3. Paper Titles (3-4)
  4. Paper Abstracts (no more than 500 words each)
  5. Presenting and Non-Presenting Author Contact Information
  6. One chair and one or two discussants
  7. One session organizer

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Q: What does a strong panel look like?

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A strong panel contains three or four papers, a chair and at least one, but no more than two, discussant(s). A panel with four papers is encouraged to have two discussants but again, only one is required. The panel abstract ties the papers together and clearly indicates how the panel relates to the conference theme and the selected policy area. Strong panels include a diverse range of participants, crossing lines of gender, race, affiliation and research methods and perspective.

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Q: Why are a chair and discussant required?

A:

One of the most challenging aspects of putting together the fall conference is identifying knowledgeable attendees who are willing and able to serve as chairs and/or discussants. By requiring you to identify a chair and discussant at the time of submission you are assisting committee members and staff in creating complete and focused panels early on. When including a chair and discussant on your panel, make sure the people identified know you have listed them. We contact all listed chairs and discussants when we sent out acceptance notices and it is very difficult to explain to listed participants that they were listed as a chair or discussant by the submitter when they were unaware and are unwilling to participate. When selecting chairs and discussants, please make sure they know they will be required to pay a registration fee to participate in the conference.

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Q: What information do I need to submit a roundtable?

A:

Roundtable submissions are discussion-based sessions that require the following:

  • Roundtable Title
  • Abstract of the Session (no more than 500 words)
  • 2-4 Speakers with contact information
  • One Moderator with contact information
  • One organizer with contact information

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Q: When will acceptances/rejections be sent out?

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All acceptance and rejection notices will be sent out in mid-July.

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Q: In the past, I have submitted a panel and it’s been pulled apart, why does that happen?

A:

Sometimes, upon careful review, the Program Committee decides that a panel would be stronger if certain papers or participants were removed or replaced. This happens for reasons of diversity, to increase panel cohesiveness or to vary perspectives on a certain topic. When this happens they put together an altered panel using other papers available to them in order to create the strongest possible program for attendees. When altering a panel, program committee members may also change the panel title, replace the chair and/ or discussant(s) and reclassify the panel as belonging to a different policy area.

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Q: I have four good papers in my panel, can I submit them?

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Yes, you may submit a panel with four papers. In the past there was a strong preference for three paper panels, as attendees prefer them, however APPAM will not show preference to panels with three papers.  Submitters of panels with four papers must be particularly careful to provide a description that stresses the value of the four papers being presented as one panel and how having four papers over three is beneficial.

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Q: What if my submission fits into two policy areas?

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You will be asked to select a primary policy area, based on the 15 areas identified for the 2019 Fall Research Conference.  However, you will be asked during the submission process if you would like to identify a second area that your submission may fit into as well.  This seconday area is only used for review purposes and will not have any impact on how the work is presented at the confernece, should it be accepted.

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Q: Why the change to policy areas?

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The change to 14 policy areas is based on a decision by President-elect Jane Waldfogel. It is her hope that by broadening the policy areas somewhat, it will be clearer where researchers should submit their proposals, all while encouraging cross cutting sessions across the conference. APPAM seeks to find an ideal balance of policy areas that are easy for submitters to understand, and encompass all the areas of policy that our members have come to expect while promoting broader thinking across policy areas.

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Q: I’m having difficulty submitting my proposal, who should I contact?

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If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact appam@confex.com. If you have a question about the conference or specific submission criteria, please contact Tristanne Staudt at tstaudt@appam.org.

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Q: Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?

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No. You can start your submission now and finish it at a later date. Upon beginning your submission, you will receive an email with an access link that is unique to your proposal. Keep this email and you will be able to use the information provided to login and complete your submission at a later time. Your submission must be completed by the submission deadline. If any part is incomplete after the deadline, your submission will be deleted and not considered for inclusion in the conference.

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Q: What should I do if I am submitting a proposal for the conference but I need my session or poster to be scheduled on a specific day?

A:

If you have scheduling limitations, please email them to Tristanne Staudt at tstaudt@appam.org. Do not include scheduling limitations in the description or abstract fields of the submission systems as they are unlikely to be seen and will not be honored. Please limit scheduling requests to reasons of great importance including religious observances, medical needs or international travel limitations. Scheduling over 300 sessions is very challenging and requires many sessions to be scheduled during non-preferred time slots, we are not able to accommodate scheduling requests due to family matters or work/class schedules.

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Q: Can I submit more than one proposal?

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Yes, you may submit as many proposals as you wish. However, you may only present one paper at the conference. If you submit more than one proposal, the others must be co-authored and a co-author must be willing and available to present the work at the conference if more than one of your proposals is accepted.

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Q: Do you accept single paper submissions?

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Yes, APPAM accepts single paper submissions. But did you know that fully formed panels have a much better chance of being accepted for inclusion in the Fall Research Conference? To help submitters create fully formed panels, APPAM has created the Single Paper Listing for Panel Creation resource. Single papers are listed with your submitter’s contact information. APPAM encourages submitters to reach out to each other to try to create a fully formed panel. If you find a paper you would like to add to a panel, contact the submitter and see if they are interested in being part of the panel. Alternately, if you submit a single paper, others might contact you to see if you are interested in joining a panel. The page is updated every Wednesday and we strongly encourage you to use this important resource.

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Q: What are the chair and discussant roles?

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You can find information on these, as well as all particpant, roles here.

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Q: I have a question about the submission process that's not addressed here. What do I do?

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You can email Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org, directly with your question.

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Q: What is the Single Paper Listing and where can I find it?

A:

Fully submitted panel submissions have an average acceptance rate of 47% compared to 26% for single paper submissions.  Check out the Single Paper Listing to find other similar papers and re-submit your work as a panel. This listing includes the policy area, abstracts, and contact information for each single paper submitted for inclusion in the 2019 Fall Research Conference.  

The Single Paper Listing will be opened on February 13th, and will be updated every Wednesday through April 11th.  

 

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Q: When will submissions open and close for this year's conference?

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We will begin accepting submissions in early February.  The deadline for all submissions will be April 11, 2018.

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Q: Will there be an international focus at this year's conference?

A:

Over the past few years we've received a growing number of requests for internationally-focused sessions at the conference.  This year, we've adjusted the submissions process to include questions that will help identify not only internationally-focused submissions, but state/local submissions as well.

You'll still be asked to select a policy area from the current list of 15 represented at the conference, but on the Title Page step of submission, you will be asked to identify if your submission identifies as international or state/local.  These identifications will not only point attendees in the direction of these sessions, but it will help the Program Committee better review the submissions.

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Q: Will super session submissions be considered for anything else?

A:

Great question!  Any super session submissions not accepted as that session type, will be considered for a smaller roundtable session during the conference.

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