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The Second Year Policy Analysis (SYPA) is an integral part of the MPA/ID Program. Designed to serve as the students’ final "thesis," the second year paper offers students the opportunity to deploy the skills acquired during the program, integrate their course work, and provide specific policy recommendations in the context of a concrete development problem. For many students, it is also an opportunity to extend and deepen the work undertaken during their summer internship.
In the SYPA, students pose a relevant policy question and draw on the tools of economics, management, and institutional analysis to develop convincing recommendations. Students are free to work on a wide variety of projects in different policy fields.
The second year paper is written in conjunction with the PED-250Y: Second Year Policy Analysis Seminar. The seminar provides an environment for thinking about general research issues, obtaining feedback on outlines and drafts, and critiquing fellow students' work. After defining a topic, students familiarize themselves with the relevant literature, gather and organize pertinent data, develop an appropriate methodology, identify and evaluate a course of action, and develop recommendations. The final product is a clear and persuasive paper (maximum 40 pages), which includes an executive summary describing the issues and recommendations.
This year's Honorable Mention SYPA Award winners: (from upper left to bottom right) Abdullah Alsabah, Zhenqian Huang, Anne Ong Lopez, Aneth Kasebele, Juan Obach, Veronica Olivera Sapienza, Cinthya Pastor Vargas, Amandla Ooko-Ombaka, Maria Schwarz, Sahil Shekhar, Zoila Llempen Lopez, Annie Chumpitaz, Claude Al Tabar, Josh Sandler, Manuel Schoenfeld