Laboratory in Issue Analysis
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NURP 6010
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Urban Policy
- Civic Engagement
This core course builds on the techniques and frameworks that were mastered through case analysis in Policy Analysis. Lab is an applied policy-analysis experience in which students work together in teams of four or five to resolve a policy issue for a public or nonprofit decision-maker. Over the course of the semester, students work on two different issues for different clients. Each experience, or “round,” is supervised by a different faculty member and assisted by an experienced and analytically talented second-year master’s program student. At the end of each round, the client and two faculty members are briefed in an interactive setting, the team’s performance is assessed in terms of its analytic strength and policy relevance, and the team then prepares written analysis in response to the feedback. Students labor under realistic constraints of limited data, time, and resources to provide rigorous analysis to clients with decision-making responsibility. The goal is to build strong analytic skills and research logic in the service of rational decision-making. This is a six credit hour course. (Offered Spring Term only.) Learn more about this course.