Fall Research Conference


#2020APPAM - Research Across the Policy Lifecycle Conference Activities




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

November 11 - 13, 2020  | Zoom

Conference Activities

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.

You can read the full announcement about going virtual here.

This page details the activities that are most highly anticipated at this year's conference, including Mentoring, Special Events, and Student Sessions. 


Positions in Policy Mentoring Special Events Student Sessions PhD Program Fair Learning Agenda Matchmaking for Agencies and Researchers


Positions in Policy

APPAM is pleased to once again offer the APPAM Positions in Policy (PIP) program. The program connects job seekers who plan on attending the Fall Conference with organizations who will be conducting interviews and potentially hiring around the time of the conference. The employers will contact job candidates directly to set up interviews for open positions around the conference dates. Those positions may be for a variety of job functions, both academic and non-academic, to appeal to job seekers at all levels including students, postdocs, and early- and mid-career professionals. When available, the positions being interviewed for at the conference will be noted on our Job Listings page.

As a complimentary service to all APPAM Institutional Members and $150 for non-Institutional Members, simply send us your open positions and we'll include them on our Job Listings page. We can post both positions that will be interviewed for around the time of the conference and those that will have a later interview process. All participating employers will be named on this page and will be shared with participating job seekers.To participate in this program, please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org.

For more information, please visit our Employer FAQ Page.

Job Seekers
As you register for the 2020 APPAM Fall Research Conference, you will be asked if you would like to participate as a job seeker in the PIP Program. Once your registration is complete, you will be contacted to complete a profile questionnaire which will be shared with hiring organizations. The organizations will receive these profiles in mid-September and will be asked to reach out directly to qualifying candidates.  Participating employers will be listed on this page and you can find job openings here. To participate in the program, job seekers must register for the conference and complete their profile by September 28.

For more information, please visit our Job Seeker FAQ Page.


Due to the 2020 Fall Resarch Conference going virtual this year, we will offer individual matching as well as a virtual event on Tuesday, November 10th at 4:00pm. The Virtual Meetup will consist of pre-assigned breakout rooms with up to 5 mentors and 10 mentees per breakout room based on type of mentoring being provided. Participation in the Virtual Meetup is encouraged.

For more information on Mentoring, including eligibility, mentoring categories and the sign up form, see our Mentoring page.

Special Events

Awards & Opening Plenary: Racial Justice and the Policy Lifecycle:  What Have We Learned from the Policy Response to Racial Inequities in the United States over Time?

Over the past half century, there have been multiple policy efforts to address racial inequities across education, housing, environmental quality, health, income support, and other areas of social policy. The design, implementation, and effects of these policies have been a regular subject of policy analysis. In this plenary roundtable, speakers will assess what we have learned about what has and has not worked to promote racial justice across these areas. They will describe how (or whether) the lessons of prior policy analyses have informed subsequent policy development and discuss what lessons those analyses offer for the future of initiatives to address racial justice.

Membership Meeting & Closing Plenary: The President’s Role in U.S. Domestic Policymaking

This plenary roundtable will explore the extent and limitations of the President’s role in domestic policy making. Participants will discuss how the President advances a policy agenda through legislation, regulation, and administrative action. They will describe the processes the President controls and the challenges of advancing an agenda through Congress and through the bureaucracy. Panelists will include policymakers who have served in senior policy roles at Executive Office agencies in several Presidential administrations.  In the wake of the recent Presidential election, panelists will discuss how at the start of a term a President is likely to use his domestic policy making capacities.

Policy Area Receptions

One of the parts of the Fall Research Conference that is important to members, is networking. The virtual nature of the #2020APPAM Conference does not easily lend itself to networking. To this end, APPAM is introducing policy area receptions. Meet with your peers to chat about the state of research in your area, scholarship you found great at the conference, and other topics.

Student Sessions

The Academic Job Market Under COVID-19
Tuesday, November 10 – 11:00am to 12:00pm Eastern
Moderator – Alex Osei-Kojo

Navigating the academy as a member of an underrepresented group
Tuesday, November 10 – 12:15pm to 1:15pm Eastern
Moderators– Sarah Charnes and Tina Fletcher

Confronting structural racism in policy research
Tuesday, November 10 – 1:30pm to 2:30pm Eastern
Moderator – Rachel Perera

Developing your Professional Brand: Conferencing, Publishing, and Social Media Use as a Graduate Student
Tuesday, November 10 – 2:45pm to 3:45pm Eastern
Moderator – Philip Gigliotti

APPAM Mentor Meetup
Tuesday, November 10 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm EST


PhD Program Fair

Monday, November 9, 2020
‚Äč2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Students: Are you nearing the end of your Master's program and considering moving on to a doctoral program? Are you unsure where to start? The PhD Program Fair is the event for you. APPAM’s PhD Program Fair seeks to connect student conference attendees with several doctoral programs so they can see if pursuing this terminal degree is the right fit for them. The program representatives will shed light on their individual programs, including the degree process, timing, and admission details.

Held via Zoom Meetings, students attendees at this year's PhD Program Fair will have the opportunity to hear more about a doctoral degree in general before meeting with three programs, based on preferences given in the application. 

We will begin accepting applications for the PhD Program Fair on October 1. To participate, you must be a paid registrant of the 2020 APPAM Fall Research Conference. Space is limited, so be sure to submit your application early!

PhD Programs interested in participating in the even can submit their application here until September 25th

Please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org, for questions or additional information.

Learning Agenda Matchmaking for Agencies and Researchers

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET

What if you could speak directly to Federal agencies to learn about their priority research questions of interest and how your work could lead to improvements in Federal policies?

This year’s APPAM conference, in partnership with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, offers an innovative pre-conference matchmaking session where Federal agencies and researchers can dialogue in a matchmaking event highlighting priority learning questions across the Federal government. This is a unique opportunity for researchers with the ability to set the direction of their work and Federal agencies to form connections that could lead to partnerships on high-priority, policy-relevant research. 

Please note: No promises of financial award are implied by Federal agencies and discussions between researchers and Federal agencies do not imply official endorsement by the Federal government. Please do not try to sell vendor-specific products; this event is for informational exchange only.

We will begin accepting researcher applications for this event on October 1. To participate, you must be a paid registrant of the 2020 APPAM Fall Research Conference. Space is limited, so be sure to submit your application early!