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Spring Exercise is a two-week long simulation offering students an intense challenge of intellectual integration and practical application spanning the disciplines represented in the MPP core. The exercise gives students practice at applying core tools and concepts in a setting and at a pace approximating professional reality. It thus serves as a capstone to the first-year core and a bridge to the second-year Policy Analysis Exercise and subsequent professional work.
During Spring Exercise, students attend presentations by experts, lectures by their core faculty linking the topic to the core courses, and several forums and panels. It also involves assimilating a large amount of written material provided to all participants. In the first week students produce a decision memo on one aspect of the policy challenge. Then they are grouped into five-person teams to deliver a detailed, data-backed briefing for a senior decision-maker in a simulated but realistic policy process.
Past Spring Exercise topics have included:
Read about MPP students' 2014 Spring Exercise experience, identifying strategies for improving public education in the city of Boston.