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Policy Analysis Exercises (PAEs)

Each year, graduating students in the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Harvard Kennedy School must complete a Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) in order to graduate. The PAE is the capstone of the MPP curriculum, an opportunity to apply and integrate the skills gained at the Kennedy School, and a major enterprise for second-year students. The PAE is a professional product, usually around 40 pages in length, meant to clarify and address a practical policy or management problem for a real-world client.

The Rappaport Institute strives to provide a complete overview of PAE reports that address public policy issues in Greater Boston and Massachusetts. Most reports can be examined at the library at the Harvard Kennedy School, but some are available in our online list. If there is not a link to the file, please contact the Harvard Kennedy School Library. Over time, the Institute will post the complete texts of the best PAEs relating to issues in Greater Boston and Massachusetts.

Opportunities For State or Local Agencies


If you are interested in having such a project done for your organization, you should contact the Kennedy School's PAE office, which collects such requests and makes them available to students, who will review them when they return in September. The first step in doing so is to go to the PAE website, where you can ask to receive more information on the program. The PAE website also has more information about the PAE program.

Opportunities For Masters of Public Policy (MPP) Students


If you are a current Kennedy School MPP Student, the Rappaport Institute is interested in assisting you. If you need assistance with contact information, outreach or advice on a Greater Boston Policy Analysis Exercise, please contact Polly O'Brien at 617-495-5091. We will be happy to offer our experience and extensive network to interested students.

Antoniya Owens Antoniya Owens, a 2009 Rappaport Institute Public Policy Fellow, received an award for her 2010 PAE on "The Massachusetts Teacher Workforce: Status and Challenges."