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Policy Workshops

Policy workshops provide students with an opportunity to use the analytical skills they acquired in the first year of the program to analyze complex and challenging policy issues, usually for real-world clients.

The goal of the workshops is to understand a policy issue in great depth and to make policy recommendations that are both creative and realistic, given the relevant institutional and political constraints. Each workshop consists of eight to 10 students who work in teams to evaluate a policy challenge. Most students engage in field research during the fall break period. Each workshop produces a final report and gives a presentation to the client, typically by the end of the fall semester.

Fall 2019 Policy Workshop Topics and Faculty Instructors

SPI 591a: Creating Smart Growth and Housing Opportunities through State Housing Finance Agencies - David N. Kinsey

SPI 591b: Seattle and the Future of Work - Steven Strauss

SPI 591c: Diplomacy and Protracted Conflicts - Ambassador Dan C. Kurtzer

SPI 591d: China: One Belt One Road - Mary Beth Goodman

SPI 591e: Health Care Reform in the US - Heather H. Howard and Daniel J. Meuse

SPI 591f: Preventing Violent Extremism - Ethan B. Kapstein

SPI 591g: Toward a New National Coastal Floods Hazards Reduction Program - Guy J.P. Nordenson