Category Opinion/Editorial

Notes from the Policy Field: American Evaluation Association Annual Conference

Event: American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference, “Evaluation 2017” Dates: 11/06/17-11/11/17 Notes from the Policy Field provides write-ups of policy-oriented events in Washington, D.C. and comments on whether the format of the event facilitated policy change or improvement. This segment takes a look at the American Evaluation Association (AEA)’s annual conference, which brought together evaluators, scholars, […]

Why Choose a MPA Degree?

Travis Reginal, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives This fall, I started my journey to attain a Master of  Public Administration (MPA) degree, the professional degree for public management. Students who pursue a Master of Public Administration are typically drawn to public service and leadership in the public and nonprofit sectors, though some graduates pursue related […]

Evidence in Public Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Obvious

Shiva Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Policymaking is an inherently complex process because it strives to address problems that are grounded in changing social realities; this makes evidence collection difficult at best. Evidence-based policymaking is gaining prominence due to increased availability of data, new investments in rigorous research, and a growing focus on program […]

Barriers: Conversations from the 13th Annual Black Policy Conference

Elizabeth Morehead, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  The Harvard Kennedy School hosted their 13th annual Black Policy Conference this past April 7th-9th and it was not a hair shy of amazing and inspiring. The conference was filled with speakers who shared knowledge, provided encouragement, and highlighted the great need of mobilization and action in […]

Opinion: Public Policy Ignores History at Its Peril

Jerry Wei, MPP Rigorous, thoughtful, and targeted policy analysis can help address a wide variety of today’s problems: from climate change, to healthcare, to Islamic extremism.  However, what’s sorely lacking in contemporary public policy analysis today is a consistent reflection on history and history’s impact on policy issues. Policy analysts and the public prioritize the […]