Summer Faculty Workshop in Policy Research and Analysis

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The Pardee RAND Graduate School trains graduates who will develop public policy in this country and around the world. Knowing that all major policy issues cut across multiple interest groups, it is essential that, when major policy decisions are being made, those who are most affected by these decisions take a leadership role in making them.

Pardee RAND is committed to ensuring that a diversity of voices and perspectives are an integral part of the policymaking process. Part of that commitment is drawing that diversity into public policy education to create the next generation of leaders from that range of voices and perspectives.

To that end, the Pardee RAND Graduate School invites faculty from a select group of institutions to participate in a week-long policy analysis workshop at RAND's Santa Monica headquarters. This year our workshop will take place July 21-25, 2014.

Thoughts from Past Workshop Participants

“The workshop was transformative”
“Excellent program for those considering administrative positions”
“The statistics refresher was excellent!”
“The concrete policy examples were very useful”

Through this workshop, it is our hope that participating faculty, who have already distinguished themselves in other disciplines, learn useful concepts to apply to their current research, and afterward to be able to inspire their own students to consider careers in public service or advanced education in public policy.

Past participants have benefited from numerous concepts presented during the workshop:

  • Application of “the matrix” in approaching complex policy issues
  • Training in the basics of policy analysis and how to apply them to their current teaching and/or research
  • Proficiency in looking at the big picture around a policy issue and how to implement change

Anticipated Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshop, participants should:

  • Have a solid foundation in the basics of policy analysis and how they can be applied within a range of disciplines
  • Be adept at incorporating concepts of policy analysis into their own research and curriculum

Course Modules and Other Activities

This workshop is intended to offer participants a practical overview of policy research and analysis, an introduction to current RAND research, and an opportunity to engage with RAND researchers. While in Santa Monica, participants will have 3-4 hours of instruction per day in the tools of policy research and analysis, will work through a policy analysis problem in a group setting, and will have ample opportunity to interact with RAND research staff, Pardee RAND's Ph.D. students, and other participating faculty through one-on-one meetings, meals, and other networking activities.

Additionally, each participant should arrive at Pardee RAND with a specific policy issue to which they can apply the tools of policy analysis throughout the workshop. At the end of the week, each will present a short briefing on their topic as if they were presenting to a policy audience. Participants are strongly encouraged to use these presentations as the basis for funding proposals or other presentations as they return to their home institutions.

  • Modules on the uses and techniques of policy analysis, based on the School's core doctoral curriculum:
    • Introduction to Policy Analysis
    • Research Design
    • Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
    • Phases of Public Policymaking
  • Individual Policy Projects: opportunity for each participant to apply these methods to a policy issue of personal or professional significance
  • Facilitated sessions with RAND researchers and participating faculty in shared research areas
  • Guest speakers and networking activities throughout the week
  • Opportunities for follow-on collaboration

Program Costs and Fellowships

Tuition for the weeklong program is $500, which includes:

  • instruction and mentoring
  • course materials
  • lunch and light refreshments daily
  • evening networking event which includes dinner

Participants not receiving fellowships are responsible for their own travel costs. All participants may take advantage of lodging Pardee RAND has arranged at a discounted rate close to our facility.

Fellowships are available for up to 12 participants and will be distributed competitively. These will consist of tuition waivers as well as a stipend sufficient to offset most travel costs.

Application Process

The application for the 2014 session is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the July 2015 run of the program around the end of 2014.

Admission is competitive; applicants will be vetted based on their interest in learning more about incorporating the concepts of policy analysis into their teaching and research, as shown through the following components:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a Dean or department chair
  • Two essays
  • Supplemental forms may be submitted electronically to or mailed to:
    Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Summer Faculty Workshop
    1776 Main Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138

Past Sessions

For the inaugural run of the workshop in July 2013, Pardee RAND hosted faculty from Tuskegee University, Tulane University, Morehouse College, and other institutions serving a large proportion of students of underrepresented minorities. During their week here, participants received an introduction to the tools of policy analysis from Pardee RAND faculty, and created policy briefings around an area of professional interest with mentorship from RAND policy researchers working on similar issues.

Topics for the 2013 workshop represented a wide range of policy areas:

Dr. Megan Osterbur Xavier University of Louisiana Extending Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Military Service Members
Dr. Anne Marie Choup The University of Alabama in Huntsville Violence Against Women on Campus
Ms. Mollye DemosthenidyTulane University Identifying Challenges & Successes of the Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange
Dr. Elisabeth Javazon Morehouse College Outdated Curriculum?
Dr. David Brown Florida International University Evaluation of the Health Impact of an Innovative Model for Household-Level Service Delivery
Dr. Luther Brewster Florida International University Neighborhood HELP: Catalyst of Community Engaged Solutions for Increasing Healthcare Access to Medically Disenfranchised Groups
Dr. Timothy Page Florida International University Designing an Economic Evaluation of an Innovative Model for Household-Level Service Delivery
Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore Xavier University of Louisiana Creating Knowledge Economies: Policy Implications for Development in Post-Disaster Regions
Dr. Darryl Lamont Roberts Tuskegee University Cyberweapons and International Security: Governments and Markets
Dr. Kathy HawkThe University of Alabama in Huntsville Can Using Three Policy Levers Help us do Better Nationbuilding?
Dr. Emanuel WaddellThe University of Alabama in Huntsville How to Increase the Retention of Students who Express an Interest in STEM
Dr. Francis Yemofio Charles Drew University Access to Healthcare in Underserved Areas of South Los Angeles

Learn More

For more information about PRGS's Summer Faculty Workshop program, contact

Kristina Wallace
Program Coordinator
(310) 393-0411, ext. 6742

Rachel Swanger
Associate Dean
(310) 393-0411, ext. 7197


About PRGS and RAND

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The Pardee RAND Graduate School , founded in 1970 as one of the country’s original eight graduate programs in public policy, educates and trains graduates who will shape public policy and lead public policy programs around the world. Pardee RAND is unique in American higher education. It is the only program specializing in the Ph.D., and the only graduate program in public policy based at a research institute—the RAND Corporation—which invented many of the analytical tools of public policy analysis. The multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizes research methods drawn from mathematics, economics and the behavioral and social sciences. All students complete a core curriculum including courses in policy analysis, empirical and social science methods, microeconomics, macroeconomics, cost-benefit analysis and operations research. Most of the Pardee RAND faculty members are also full-time policy analysts at RAND, and as such they bring the perspective of practitioners into the classroom. As of summer 2014, Pardee RAND has awarded over 300 Ph.D. degrees in Policy Analysis, and its graduates are making a difference in public policy around the globe.

Recognizing that not all those in need of training in policy analysis need or can afford to devote three to five years of study toward the Ph.D., Pardee RAND offers short courses which can be tailored to the needs of academics and policy practitioners desirous of further training in their craft.

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The RAND Corporation is a non-profit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. Through rigorous, objective research and the development of sophisticated analytic tools, RAND sets the standard of quality in the field of policy analysis. At RAND, researchers from diverse disciplines and perspectives collaborate to find solutions to some of the most difficult and pressing challenges faced by the public and private sectors around the world.

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