This module provides training and practice in the skills of applied policy analysis culminating in immersion in a timely real-world policy issue. It will equip students to define problems systematically, and to select and apply analytical frameworks and tools, in the service of better policy decisions. Two related themes underpin the course. The first is the architecture of alignment among mission, capacity, and support. The second is the structured identification and processing of options, generally in the absence of perfect or complete information. These two themes provide the conceptual structure into which many specific analytic tools can be slotted as the challenges of a particular policy arena require. Students will have the opportunity, both individually and in teams, to practice and to get feedback on policy-relevant professional products such as memoranda, briefings, and presentations - both oral and written. The course is meant to provide a realistic experience and may involve outside experts, in addition to the faculty, to provide content and perspectives on the policy topic. The final products will be a team oral briefing and supporting written documentation on the topic.
Spring Policy Exercise will meet during Spring module 2. All other MPP1 core courses will be suspended during the final two-weeks of the semester to permit intensive focus on the final Exercise. This course is required for MPP-1 students and not open to non-MPP1 students.