The APP is the final academic requirement of DAP’s graduate programs. The APP is both an action research and a scholarly report that aims to respond to or resolve a public management problem in the student’s organization in a manner acceptable to both communities of practitioners and scholars. Students are expected to demonstrate competencies acquired from the program, such as their ability to manage people, resources, time and performance through the findings or results of their research.
To ensure the quality and academic rigor of the APP, the student has to face a panel of experts three times during the topic-to-title defense, proposal defense, and final defense. The panel evaluates the performance of the student during the oral presentation, the quality of the write-up, the characteristics of the APP as being pro-poor, developmental and high- impact, and the level of innovativeness of the APP.
Students are given 9 months to finish their APP, where field validations will be conducted in between