The two semester capstone policy project allows students to
both utilize and further develop their analytical, quantitative, communication
and policymaking skills. JU MPP students undertake the capstone policy project
in the second year.
In the capstone policy project, students may choose between
working in a small group with a faculty advisor on a public policy problem for
a real world client organization or working individually with a faculty advisor
on a policy question of their choosing. At the end of the second semester, an
extensive research paper, with policy solutions and recommendations, and a
presentation will be made to faculty, policymakers and, if applicable, the
client organization. All capstone research papers will be archived and made
available to the community and future students.
In addition, a JU Public Policy Journal, run by second year
JU MPP students, will publish annually the best capstone policy papers, as well
as articles submitted by faculty, board members and policymakers.
Capstone Policy Project Course Descriptions
PPOL 695. Client Policy Project I (CPPI)
This course is the first semester of the 2 semester Client
Policy Project. In this course (CPPI), students, working in small groups with a
faculty advisor, work on a substantive, real world policy problem for a client
organization. The project requires formulation of the client policy question,
research, analysis, organizational skills, substantive policy knowledge, the
development of proposed solutions for the client organization, and the initial
preparation of a policy research report.
PPOL 696. Client Policy Project II (CPPII)
This course is the second semester of the Client Policy
Project. CPPII requires demonstrated skills in research, writing, policy
analysis and communication. At the end of the semester, students submit a
policy research report, and make a formal presentation, to faculty,
policymakers and the client organization. The report and presentation on the
client policy problem includes research, analysis, conclusions and recommended
solutions for the client organization.
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PPOL 697. Research Policy Thesis I (RPTI)
This course is the first semester of the 2 semester Research
Policy Thesis. In this course (RPTI), students work individually, with a
faculty advisor, on a policy question of their choosing and conduct in depth
research, utilize quantitative and statistical data, perform systematic policy
analysis, and develop public policy recommendations. PRTI requires the
formulation the policy question, research, quantitative and statistical data,
analysis, substantive public policy knowledge, and the initial preparation of
the written thesis.
PPOL 698. Research Policy Thesis II
This course is the second semester of the Research Policy
Thesis. In RPTII, students finalize an extensive written thesis on the policy
question of their choosing. At the end of the semester, students present the
written thesis, and make a formal presentation, to faculty and policymakers.
The presentation of the policy thesis includes an emphasis on quantitative,
statistical and economic data and analysis, as well as the formal presentation
of research, analysis, conclusions and public policy recommendations.