The 2023 APPAM 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, posters, student research and resource sessions, workshops, community gatherings, and special events and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.
Policy that Matters: Making Public Services Work for All
Good policy improves lives. Specialization and professional incentives may sometimes make it easy to miss these connections. The 2023 APPAM Fall Research Conference centres our focus on the impact of policy on the daily, lived experience of the public. The theme, Policy that Matters: Making Public Services Work for All, encourages us to consciously and explicitly consider how social science theories and empirical research about policy design and implementation have a direct and practical effect on the lives of people.
Our capacity to make a meaningful difference requires an ongoing willingness to examine how we perform and communicate research. In a time of disinformation and distrust it demands both rigour and relevance and a willingness to explain to policymakers and the public how credible research matters. But it also requires a questioning of the normative assumptions that guide our research. Who do those assumptions help, and who do they exclude? How do we incrementally adjust or remake our conceptual models to be more inclusive and reflective of people’s actual experience of policy? The #2023APPAM conference provides the space to discuss these questions in Atlanta, Georgia this November 9 – 11.