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Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) 2023 Fall Research Conference

Thursday, November 9, 2023 – Saturday, November 11, 2023
Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA

Abt Global is once again a proud Gold Sponsor of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 2023 Fall Research Conference. This year’s conference theme, Policy that Matters: Making Public Services Work for All, reflects our own commitment to abiding by the principle of “nothing about us without us,” meaning that those most impacted by our research design, implementation, and communication are key participants and decision makers. This ensures that the systems and policies governing their lives meet their needs in terms of access, rights, opportunities, and outcomes. We stand with APPAM in the call to question the normative assumptions that guide our research.

Career Connections Office Hours

Attending APPAM 2023? Sign up now for Abt’s Career Connections Office Hours at booth #200, where you can engage in personalized, one-on-one discussions with our experts in Research, Monitoring & Evaluation and Equity. Seize this opportunity to gain invaluable career insights and chart a path towards success.

We'll be answering questions such as ...

  • What kind of work do we do at Abt? What is the day-to-day experience like?
  • What does career progression, skill development, and growth look like at Abt?
  • What is the difference between working at a Contract Research firms like Abt vs. an academic institution?
  • How does Abt embed equity in our research projects and team work?
  • How do you deliver a winning job talk presentation?

Check out our sessions:

*All times are EST


Thursday, November 9 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Hanover F (Exhibit Level (LL2))
Panel - Service Coordination for Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness: Mixed Methods Evidence to Inform Policy That Matters
Abt Discussant: Zachary McDermott 

Thursday, November 9 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Embassy A (International Tower (LL2))
The Department of Labor’s Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) Program Evidence-Building Portfolio: Building and Using Evidence to Advance Federal Evidence-Informed Policymaking 
Abt Moderator and Speaker: Molly Irwin and Andrew Clarkwest

Thursday, November 9 | 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. | Embassy C (International Tower (LL2))
Panel – Scaling Guaranteed Income: What Do We Need to Know?
Abt Organizer: Hannah Thomas; Abt Chair: Anna Jefferson
Paper: The Role of State Legislative Contexts in the Experiences of Guaranteed Income Pilot Participants
Abt Presenter: Hannah Thomas 

Thursday, November 9 | 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. | Lenox (Atlanta Conference Center (LL3))
Panel - New Findings from Evaluations of Social Security Administration Programs and Policies
Abt Discussant: Daniel Gubits 

Thursday, November 9 | 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. | Spring (Atlanta Conference Center (LL3))
Student Research: Graduate Student Employment Research 
Abt Chair: Hannah Betesh

Thursday, November 9 | 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. | Roswell (Atlanta Conference Center (LL3))
Panel - Workforce Development and Labor Market Outcomes
Abt Discussant: Daniel Litwok 

Thursday, November 9 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Hanover E (Exhibit Level (LL2))
Roundtable: Economic Opportunity and Good Jobs in the Future of Work: Approaches to Test and Scale Policies and Interventions That Matter  
Abt Moderator: Hannah Betesh 

Thursday, November 9 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Embassy B (International Tower (LL2))
Panel - Increasing Opportunity in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
Paper: Optimal Housing Policy and Neighborhood Choice
Abt Co-Author: Samuel Dastrup 

Friday, November 10 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Grand Hall B (Exhibit Level (LL2))
Panel - Getting Ready, into, and through College: Strategies to Support Postsecondary Readiness, Access, and Completion
Abt Panel Chair: Hannah Acheson-Field
Paper: Crossing the Finish Line: Impacts of a Transition Coaching Program on College Completion
Abt Presenter: Kelly Lack 
Abt Co-Authors: Hannah Acheson-Field, Raquel Gonzalez 

Friday, November 10 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Edgewood (Atlanta Conference Center (LL3))
Roundtable - Lessons from Georgia on Guaranteed Income and Direct Cash Transfers
Abt Moderator & Organizer: Anna Jefferson 

Friday, November 10 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Hanover A (Exhibit Level (LL2))
Panel - Sectoral Workforce Programs: Who Do They Serve and Who Do They Work for?
Paper: New Insights on Career Pathways: Evidence from a Meta-Analysis
Abt Presenter: Laura Peck
Abt Co-Author: Deena Schwartz

Friday, November 10 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Embassy C (International Tower (LL2))
Panel - Savings for Unexpected and Expected Events: Emergency and Retirement Savings
Abt Chair: Anna Jefferson

Friday, November 10 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Regency V (Ballroom (LL1), Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
Undergraduate Student Seminar: Paths in Policy and How to Get There
Abt Speaker: Zachary McDermott, Andrew Clarkwest

Saturday, November 11 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Embassy B (International Tower (LL2))
Panel - The Power of Numbers and Narratives: Using Multiple Methods to Understand and Interrupt Cycles of Homelessness
Abt Discussant: Zachary McDermott

Saturday, November 11 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Embassy H (International Tower (LL2))
Panel - Principals and Evaluation
Paper: High-Stakes Evaluation Ratings and Principal Compositional Changes
Abt Presenter: Ayman Shakeel 

Saturday, November 11 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Hanover F (Exhibit Level (LL2))
Panel - Making Social Security Disability Programs Work for Applicants and Beneficiaries: Individual Experiences and Options
Paper: Service Needs of People Reporting Primary Psychiatric Impairments on an Unsuccessful Application for Disability Benefits
Abt Co-Author: Tamara Daley 

Saturday, November 11 | 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. | Grand Hall B (Exhibit Level (LL2))
Panel - Investigating the Effects of Postsecondary Education Finance Policies
Paper: What Can We Learn from the Maine Educational Opportunity Tax Credit?
Abt Presenter: Hannah Acheson-Field 

Saturday, November 11 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Harris (Atlanta Conference Center (LL3))
Panel - Accessing Employment-Related Benefits: Lessons from Unemployment Insurance, Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans, and Family and Medical Leave
Abt Chair: Andrew Clarkwest
Paper: Equitable Access to Family and Medical Leave in the U.S
Abt Presenter: Radha Roy 

Saturday, November 11 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Hanover G (Exhibit Level (LL2))
Panel - Teaching for Learning: New Evidence on Promising Reforms from Malawi, Senegal and the United States
Paper: High-Stakes Objective and Subjective Teacher Evaluation Measures and Student Skill Development
Abt Presenter: Ayman Shakeel 


Saturday, November 11 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Grand Hall West (Exhibit Level (LL2))
Detecting Impacts of Employment and Training Programs on Earnings
Abt Presenter: Daniel Litwok; Abt Co-Authors: Eric Hedberg, Laura Peck


Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, GA