The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. With over 2,000 academic, practitioner, organizational, and institutional members, APPAM promotes its mission through the annual Fall Research Conference, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), the association’s journal, several awards programs, and various activities including international and national conferences and workshops.


APPAM Membership

Being an APPAM member is more than attending one of our conferences. It’s about joining a highly experienced network of educators, researchers, public policy analysts, and other like-minded individuals and institutions. Networking is critical in today’s world and APPAM provides public policy professionals the opportunity to communicate, collaborate, and share among their peers across a range of specialties, professions, and research circles.

An APPAM member receives information vital to increasing their networking through association updates, annual conferences, and publications such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM). APPAM strives to keep its members abreast of new public policy initiatives and research, creating opportunities to expand your personal and professional knowledge.

Because APPAM is a professional association, membership provides support and recognition to its members. Networking is about sharing, engaging with other members and finding opportunities to strengthen relationships and research. A network that crosses several fields and experiences creates an excellent source of new perspectives and insight. Members, through APPAM, can exchange information on challenges, goals, and ideas that provides valuable understanding on current endeavors.

Joining APPAM is as easy as filling out an online application or downloading one and mailing it in. There are three different types of memberships available: Institutional, Individual, and Student. All three types provide access to the APPAM network of members and conferences. Why wait? Step up your career, enhance your experience, and join your peers in APPAM today.


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APPAM Conferences 

At our annual conferences members connect with others possessing skills and knowledge that could be vital to future collaborative projects. A variety of educational sessions and expert panels opens doorways to innovation and understanding that can spark the next research idea or support a current study. Further information on our annual conferences may be found below:

Fall Research Conference
This is a multi-disciplinary event that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues.  The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, workshops, symposia, and poster presentations and is attended by nearly 2,000 academics, researchers, practitioners, and students.

Spring Conference
Since 1986, the Spring Conferences have usually been devoted to topics of interest to public policy educators.  Topics explored are often issues that are of concern to APPAM’s institutional members. This meeting typically draws about 100 attendees.  

International Conferences
Held annually, the international research conferences attracts the best researchers from around the world and covers topical issues in the public policy community.  This conference is held over two days conference is a combination of papers and panel presentations.



2016 Fall Research Conference Information