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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 2020 Policy Workshop Topics and Faculty Instructors

SPI 591a: Ensuring Equality in TOD: A Blueprint for State-Level Reform in New Jersey - David N. Kinsey

SPI 591b: Behavioral Insights to End Global Poverty - Varun Gauri

SPI 591c: Cyprus and its Surroundings: A Pathway for a Stable Eastern Mediterranean - Ambassador Dan C. Kurtzer

SPI 591d: Debt Sustainability & The Belt & Road Initiative: Determining a US Response - Mary Beth Goodman

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

SPI 591f: Rapid Switch, India - Joe Lane, Eric Larson and Chris Greig

SPI 591g: Assessing the Use of CDR for Monitoring Mobility and Displacement - Nealin Parker