Institutional Update
October / 2017
Measurement Matters:
Better Data for Better Decisions
The APPAM Fall Research Conference has long been the place to learn the latest in evidence-based research. The 2017 Fall Research Conference will focus on the importance of data and measurement, and celebrate the government staff who work to improve the measures we use every day.

In light of the publication of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking Report last month, please browse the conference sessions that will touch on issues raised by this important report .

Join nearly 2,500 fellow attendees for cutting edge, topical research in 320 sessions across 15 policy areas , two symposia, three poster sessions, an awards ceremony and nightly receptions for plenty of networking opportunities.
Online registration closes soon:
Regular registration through 10/24:
  • Members: $485
  • Non-Members: $650
Onsite registration 11/1 through 11/4
  • APPAM Members: $560
  • Non-Members: $725
Registration for the 2017 Fall Research Conference  includes access to all sessions, continental breakfast each day, refreshment breaks each day, receptions each evening, lunch on Saturday, and all other non-ticketed conference activities.
#2017APPAM App:
The APPAM Conference App is Now Available
Download the official conference app by searching your app store for "APPAM" or visit the browser version of the app and click "Get this app on your mobile device."

Plan your personal schedule, find event locations, read abstracts and more. The app, updated in real time, offers users unprecedented ways to interact, share, organize, and locate conference, event, and participant information.
Special thank you to our app sponsor:
Institutional Reps:
Plan Ahead For the Institutional Membership Meeting
Friday, November 3, 8:30 am - 10:00 am | Comiskey Room

Join other Institutional Representatives for your annual membership meeting. Breakfast will be served. An agenda and any supporting documents will be sent prior to the meeting. APPAM institutional member include schools, foundations, government agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations and research organizations.
Please let Tara Sheehan know if you will attend by Wednesday, October 25. If you aren't able to attend but would like to send someone in your place, please let Tara know who the replacement will be.
PhD Program Directors:
Be Sure to Include These Events on Your Conference Schedule
Policy PhD Program Directors Meeting
Thursday, November 2, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Please join us for the 2nd policy PhD Program Directors meeting to take place during the 2017 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.
PhD Program Fair
Friday, November 3, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm | Crystal A, Hyatt Regency Chicago
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 2017 PhD Program Fair is open only to students not currently enrolled in a PhD program and professionals who do not hold a PhD.

Participating Programs:
  • American University – School of Public Affairs
  • Brandeis University – The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • George Washington University – Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – School of Public Policy
  • Georgia State University – Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
  • Maastricht University/ UNU-MERIT
  • Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • University at Albany – Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Massachusetts – Boston
  • University of Minnesota – Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • University of Washington – Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • University of Texas – Dallas
  • Virginia Commonwealth University – L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
There is limited space for additional schools. Email Tristanne Staudt to include your program.
Mark Your Calendars:
2018 Regional Student Conferences
CA Regional Student Conference
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA
March 9 - 10, 2018
DC Regional Student Conference 
American University
Washington, DC
April 6 - 7, 2018
Participants gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students. Students will also have opportunities to network with a diverse group of policy professionals and other policy students.
APPAM Members in the News
Faculty and students from multiple APPAM member schools received awards Outstanding Achievement in Public Service at NASPAA's national conference. The schools include the Victoria University of Wellington, University of Texas at Dallas, Arizona State University and Georgia Tech University. See the full list of award recipients here.
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Mental Health Services and Systems T32 Training Program is inviting applications for one-year and two-year Post-doctoral Fellowship beginning in 2018. Read about it here.
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Complimentary Memberships

Institutional members receive 20 complimentary student memberships or 5 complimentary professional memberships for junior-level colleagues, as well as one additional complimentary professional membership for the organization's institutional representative.

Do you have students or colleagues who would benefit from a complimentary membership?
Email Meghan Grenda to set them up.