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Deborah D Stine PhD

I’m Dr. Deborah D. Stine, your instructor. For over 30 years, I've been fortunate enough to work for some of the top organizations in the country as a translator of science and technology to policy makers. I've worked at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Congressional Research; the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Carnegie Mellon University. I’ve influenced countless public policies throughout my career through my understanding of science, engineering, technology, and public policy. Many of the scientists, engineers, and health professionals who I’ve mentored have gone on to successful careers in the White House, Congress, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, business, and industry. Now I'd like to provide that same knowledge and guidance to you.

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About this course

Policy analysis provides a systematic process to analyze public policy options to respond to a societal challenge such as COVID-19, climate change, and homelessness.  It involves identifying the underlying problem, key decision-makers, stakeholders, policy question, and policy options.  These options are then analyzed to identify which is likely to be the most effective, efficient, equitable, and ease of political acceptability.  Once that analysis is concluded, the analyst makes a recommendation based on those criteria.  The analyst then communicates the results to policymakers and the public.   

Student Outcomes: During this class, students will learn:

•What policy analysis is and why it is important
•The eight-step process to do a public policy analysis based on the 4Es (effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and ease of political acceptability)
•An overview of ways to communicate that message through 1-pagers, op-eds, presentations, videos, and infographics.

In 6 weeks, you will be able to:

•Be more competitive for public policy related fellowships and jobs because you can demonstrate your abilities through a vetted product produced during the class.
•Participate more actively and with greater impact in dialogues about public policy during the interview process or during meetings with policymakers through a better understanding of public policy decision-making criteria.
•Develop the core information of most interest to policymakers as a foundation for your discussions and communication products.
Students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Science and Technology Policy Academy if they complete all assignments successfully.

How it Works:  You can go through the material at the pace that works for you.  The content of the class is presented through short-taped lectures of about 15 minutes on our learning management system called Ruzuku.  You will then practice the content of each lesson through exercises on which you'll receive feedback. 

During the 6 weeks of the class, there will be a one-hour live Q&A session where you can ask questions and students can volunteer for their exercises to be "workshopped."   The date and time for the weekly Q&A session will be determined by the vote of the registered participants.  Evening (eastern) options will be offered.

Although the Q&A sessions occur over 6 weeks, it sometimes takes longer for students to complete the exercises.  You can use your three coaching calls to get feedback on your work at any time - before or after the Q&A sessions end - along with career guidance and any other professional guidance you'd like to receive. The date/time for coaching calls is based on your schedule and that of the instructor and is scheduled via an app.  You also have long-term access to the instructor and announcements of jobs, fellowships, seminars, and workshops via the Academy's Slack channel.

Schedule: Week of April 12 - May 21, 2021

Weekly 1 hour Q&A date and time are determined by the majority vote of registered students. Typically, they are 1 hour sometime between 5-7 pm eastern, Tu-Th. Q&As are optional and can be watched via video at a later date/time.

Registration Deadline: April 5, 2021


Students/Postdocs/Unemployed $197Register at this level

Professionals $297 Register at this level

Half-price discounts are available for National Science Policy Network (NSPN) members and for splitting the cost with a friend.

Questions or Discount Codes Needed?:  Email

Satisfaction Guarantee: We take the success of our students seriously.  So as long as you fully participate in the course (watching all the videos, doing all the assignments, participate in the Q&A calls and the one-on-one meetings) and work collaboratively with your instructor yet are still not satisfied with the results, I’ll refund your money no questions asked.  And, if you are unable to complete the course in the class timeframe, you will continue to have access to the course material so you can work on your assignments after the class ends