Annual Minnesota Policy Conference

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Explore major questions facing Minnesotans through a number of lenses—research and analysis, policy design and implementation, and evaluation and refinement—and apply lessons learned in your own policy work.

Call for Proposals

The University of Minnesota is currently planning the 34th Annual Minnesota Policy Conference on October 11, 2018 at the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel on the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. This conference brings together professionals involved in policy analysis, public affairs, planning, program evaluation, research, and applied social sciences to discuss the role of policy in shaping the future of Minnesota. 

Planning of the conference is done with the understanding that policy includes not just laws and government programs, but also the roles of all institutions (government, nonprofit, business, philanthropic, etc.), families and individuals in addressing public problems. 
We anticipate attendance of about 250-300 people from government agencies, academic institutions, non-profit and for-profit organizations involved in policy, program evaluation, public affairs and research. The conference is a full-day event featuring a keynote session in the morning, up to 12 concurrent sessions during the day, and a wrap-up session and reception at the end of the day.

The conference planning committee is inviting interested persons to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. Presentations should highlight analysis used to design new policies and programs, evaluate existing policies or understand emerging complex social problems. The planning committee is particularly interested in presentations that include solutions to current and future challenges facing Minnesota.

Potential conference topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic/Community Development
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Human Services
  • K-12 Education
  • Local Government Aid
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Public Finance
  • Qualitative Research 
  • Quantitative Research
  • Survey Research
  • Tax Policy
  • Trade
  • Transportation
  • Workforce

How to Submit a Presentation Proposal

Please upload a word document to the online form including the following information:

  • Your name and contact information (affiliation, address, telephone, and email address)
  • Names and contact information of other presenters, if applicable
  • Proposed presentation title
  • Description or abstract of 50-150 words.

For additional information or questions, email or call 612-625-2765.

Location and Directions

We've moved to a new location! The conference will take place at Graduate Minneapolis, 615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. The hotel is conveniently off the Metro Light Rail − Green Line. Parking is available for a fee in the Washington Avenue or University Avenue Ramps. Read more about directions, parking, and travel options.


The University of Minnesota is the lead sponsor of the Annual Minnesota Policy Conference. We invite other organizations involved in policy areas to join us in cosponsoring this event.
The Annual Minnesota Policy Conference is a forum for economic and policy analysts from all levels of government and education, administrators, appointed and elected officials, representatives from business and nonprofit organizations, and others anyone interested in policy analysis and the impact of policy making on our communities.

We Will Thank Our Generous Cosponsors by: 

  • Recognizing your organization on all conference marketing pieces, including conference brochure, website, news releases, Twitter, Guidebook, and recognition at the event.
  • Offering the opportunity to serve on the planning committee and shape the program content.
  • Reserving one complimentary registration to attend the conference.
  • Hosting the conference reception, a popular networking event.

We Ask Our Cosponsors to:

  • Promote the conference to your constituents (list the conference on your website, include information in newsletters, distribute brochures, send email announcements and promote on social media).
  • Provide financial support of $1,000. Cosponsor funds provide financial support to fund conference expenses, including speaker fees, as needed. These contributions help keep registration costs as low as possible to enable a diversity of organizations and individuals to participate in this valuable conference.

To cosponsor this conference, please:

  • complete and submit the Sponsorship Information and Application Form or
  • register online

For cosponsor questions please contact Maddie Grover at or 612-624-4938.

2017 Planning Committee


Paul Anton, Anton Economics
Peter Bodurtha, Hennepin County
Emma Connell, Wilder Foundation
Kathie Doty, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota
Nathan Hierlmaier, Minnesota Department of Health
Beth Kittelson, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Sarah Linville, Department of Human Services
Dan Loritz, Center for Policy Design
Dan Marckel, Metropolitan Council
Weston Merrick, Minnesota Management and Budget
Danny Nadeau, Hennepin County
Kristen A. Norman-Major, Hamline University
Louis Porter, Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
*Katherine Schill, Minnesota House of Representatives
Nick Stuber, Wilder Foundation

* Planning Committee Chair

University of Minnesota Staff

Maddie Grover
Rhonda Layer
Julie Schmitz

Contact Us

Program Information: Maddie Grover
612-624-4938 |

Registration Information
612-625-2900 |