APPAM's Spring Conference is a few days away, just as spring makes a hearty debut in the Washington, DC area. The conference is this Saturday, April 12 at the University Club. Featured is a mix of panel sessions and roundtables for students, educators, and practitioners to choose from, such as Policy Analysis at the Undergraduate Level, Strategies for Teaching Policy Analysis, How Media Is Changing the Case Method, and Teaching Data Competency. Overall, APPAM is offering twelve great sessions over the course of the day; both breakfast and lunch are included with pre-registration. A full agenda can be found here.
In addition to the range of sessions provided, there will be two plenary sessions of particular interest to students. These will also be broadcast as webinars; if you're unable to make the conference in-person, members can attend these sessions online at no cost:
Moderated by Douglas Besharov, University of Maryland, with participants Barbara Devaney, Mathematica Policy Research; Demetra Nightingale, U.S. Department of Labor; David Romans, Maryland Department of Management and Budget, and Charles Short, Office of the County Executive, Montgomery County, Maryland.
Moderated by Sandra Archibald, University of Washington, with participants Judith Feder, Georgetown University; Andrew Light, George Mason University; Samuel L. Meyers, University of Minnesota; and Trevor Self, International Monetary Fund.
This year's conference offers an organizing framework with a focus upon important underpinnings of our professions, especially how we prepare the next generation of researchers, analysts, educators, and managers for their roles in addressing public policy problems, exploiting untapped opportunities for action, and offering innovative approaches to the development and deliberation of policy.