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Call for Proposals

2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference
The Power of Inclusion: Incorporating Diverse Voices in Public Policy Analysis and Management
March 27 - 29, 2022
Austin, Texas

APPAM’s 43rd Annual Fall Research Conference will take place Thursday, November 11 through Saturday, November 13 at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, Texas. This year's conference theme will be The Power of Inclusion: Incorporating Diverse Voices in Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Traditionally, public policy analysis and management research was primarily led by trained and credentialed experts with participants and key stakeholders primarily serving as research subjects or informants. Moreover, the backgrounds and experiences of the researchers themselves did not often reflect those impacted by the research. As the field evolves, more inclusive practices have emerged and many organizations, including APPAM, now recognize the value of increasing the number of professionals from underrepresented groups contributing to the field. We encourage submissions that demonstrate how the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives in all phases of policy analysis and management will strengthen the field while making our work product better and more relevant.

The following submission types will be solicited in the conference’s 15 policy areas:

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

  • 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 place winner will be selected from the presenations each day.

  • Roundtable - Roundtables do not include papers, 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 includeup to 4 speakers plus a moderator.

  • Single Papers - Single papers are proposals that will later be combined with other single papers to be presented as cohesive panel sessions around a single topic.

  • Super Sessions - Super Sessions are broadly-appealing sessions that will interest a large number of attendees, and cover an important and topical issue in public policy. This submission type should be interdisciplinary and be of interest to attendees across multiple policy areas. Super Session proposals should include up to 4 speakers plus a moderator.

Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be between 100 and 500 words. If a panel of papers is proposed there should be a summary of each paper plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Descriptions for roundtables should be between 100 and 500 words, plus a listing of participants and a summary of their contributions.

All submissions must be completed no later than Sunday, April 11, 2021 by 11:59 PM PT.

NEW in 2021 – The submitter will enter session and participant details, but each individual participant will be emailed and asked to update their demographics as well. This does not have any impact on the submission or its review. This information will be used internally to accurately measure APPAM’s equity and inclusion efforts in regards to conference speakers and presenters.

Notifications will be sent by late-July 2021.

If you have questions, please email Samantha Oliver Thomason at

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***The deadline for all submissions is Sunday, April 11, 2021 11:59 pm PT. After review from the APPAM Program Committee, all submitters will receive an accept or reject notice by late-July 2021.***

Steps and Instructions:


    There are 4 steps to the online submission process.

    • Title - Enter the title of the proposal (single paper or panel) and submitting author's email address.
    • Authors & Institutions - Enter contact information for submitting, presenting, and all other authors.
    • Abstract Text - Insert the body of the abstract here. Abstracts may be submitted by copying and pasting your text into the provided text box.
    • Confirmation - Please review all information carefully and complete the submission.
  2. TITLE

    Please provide paper and session titles that are no more than 15 words long.
    You will be required to select a Primary Policy Area.


    Please list all authors in the order you wish for them to appear in the program.

    Please include the submitting author, as anyone not listed in your submission will not appear in the program.

    Please include complete contact information for each author.

    When listing institutions, list ONLY the parent institution. APPAM will not publish school, office or department names, regardless of your institution's policy.

    Example: University of California-Berkeley (NOT Goldman School of Public Policy)

    Example: US Department of Education (NOT Office of Inspector General)


    Abstracts are limited to 100 - 500 words. This system will accept symbols. You do not need to include bibliographic or reference information with your abstract.

    Abstracts may be formatted as you see fit. APPAM does not require that abstracts be submitted with specific font, paragraph, or layout requirements as long as it is easy for reviewers to read and is 100 - 500 words in length.

    Abstracts may be submitted by copying and pasting your text into the provided text box.


    You will have a chance to look over the submission to make sure it is complete.


    For help in submitting an abstract online,email Tech Support.

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