Course #
60000
Certificate Program
Policy Analysis

In Harris Policy Labs, students work under faculty supervision to apply their Harris training to help government agencies and non-profit organizations address public policy challenges. Students effectively serve as policy consultants, working in interdisciplinary teams to conduct research, analyze complex data, and engage with clients and other experts to produce a set of solution-oriented final deliverables. In addition to gaining first-hand experience on a specific policy issue, students hone other skills that prepare them for policy careers such as working with imperfect data, navigating team dynamics, and communicating complex analyses and policy recommendations to a client’s leadership.

Each Lab will focus on a particular policy area or set of policy tools and engage two or three different client organizations. Clients will range from local to international organizations and are expected to include Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Park District, Oxfam America, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Advance Illinois, Illinois Department of Human Services, World Bank, NATO, Forefront, City of Gary, and others.

Instructor consent is required. Pass/fail is not permitted. 

CERTIFICATE RELATED INFORMATION

Some projects may be of particular interest to students who are planning to complete Harris certificate programs.  Descriptions of client projects for each Lab course will be shared with eligible students prior to Registration Week each quarter, along with application and enrollment instructions. Descriptions will indicate which certificate each Lab may be counted toward.  

Students pursuing the Policy Analysis Certificate must complete either Program Evaluation or Cost-Benefit Analysis prior to enrolling in PPHA 60000 Policy Lab.  

Notes

Students must be selected through Harris Policy Labs application process. Students do not need to pre-register or register for this course in my.uchicago.

Autumn Sections for Certificates

PPHA 60000-1 with Robert Goerge is an approved elective for the Social & Economic Inequality Certificate. In addition, one of the projects (IDES/Developing Indicators to Support Equity Analytics) is also approved for the Markets & Regulation Certificate.

Winter Sections for Certificates

PPHA 60000-1 with Rebecca Wolfe is an approved elective for the International Policy & Development Certificate and the Global Conflict Studies Certificate. In addition, two of the projects (Mercy Corps and UN Development Programme) are approved for the Data Analytics Certificate.

PPHA 60000-2 with Paula Worthington is an approved elective for the Municipal Finance and Markets & Regulation Certificates. In addition, one of the projects (City of Chicago) is approved for the Data Analytics Certificate.

PPHA 60000-3 with Emily Wiegand is an approved elective for the Social & Economic Inequality Certificate and the Data Analytics Certificate. In addition, one of the projects (IDES/Developing Indicators to Support Equity Analytics) is approved for the Markets & Regulation Certificate.

 

Course Sections

Term Instructor(s) Day(s) Time(s) Syllabus
Fall 2022 Joe Ferguson Thursday 3:30 PM -6:20 PM Syllabus
Fall 2022 Robert Goerge Tuesday 3:30pm-6:20pm Syllabus
Winter 2023 Rebecca Wolfe Tuesday 3:30 PM - 6:20 PM Prior syllabus
Winter 2023 Emily Rowe Thursday 3:30 PM - 6:20 PM Syllabus
Winter 2023 Paula Worthington Wednesday 3:00 PM - 5:50 PM
Spring 2023 Rebecca Wolfe Tuesday 3:30pm-6:20pm Prior syllabus
Spring 2023 Robert Goerge Wednesday 3:00pm-5:50pm
Spring 2023 Monday 3:00 PM - 5:50 PM