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Deborah (Debbie) 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.

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this course

Policy analysis provides a systematic process to analyze public policy options to respond to societal challenges such as COVID-19, climate change, and homelessness.  It involves identifying the underlying problem, key decision-makers, stakeholders, policy questions, 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.

Upon class completion, students will be:

• More competitive for public policy-related fellowships and jobs because you can demonstrate your abilities through a vetted product produced during the class.
• Able to 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.
• Able to develop the core information of most interest to policymakers as a foundation for your discussions and communication products.

Students will receive a Digital Badge that they can share on LinkedIn and their CV/resume from the Science and Technology Policy Academy upon completion.  If you complete all four classes in the S&T Policy Academy series (details below), you can receive a digital certificate in addition to a badge for each course.

How it Works:  Students will work at their own pace with the option to participate in monthly office hours that will be scheduled based on the votes of class participant interest and schedules.    

The content of the class is presented through short-taped lectures of about 15 minutes on our learning management system called Ruzuku (where you are now).    You will then practice the content of each lesson through exercises that go through each step of the policy analysis.  

Each month, 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.

In addition, each student will have the option for three individual coaching calls to get feedback on your work 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, materials and videos on Ruzuku, and announcements of jobs, fellowships, seminars, and workshops via the Academy's Slack channel.

Digital Badge:

Completion of the requirements for your digital badge is defined as watching all the class videos and meeting virtually with the instructor at least once to discuss their analysis.  We recognize that not everyone (or even most students!) will complete their lysis within the timeframe of the course.  

Certificate Program:

Another option is to register for all four classes offered by the S&T Policy Academy at once to obtain digital badges for each class as well as a digital certificate.  The four classes, which may be taken in any order, are:   

  • Level 1: Science and Technology Policy & Careers 101: Whether you’re a scientist, engineer, or health professional interested in a career in science and technology policy or a researcher who’s interested in improving how they describe the potential societal implications of their research, you need a better understanding of science and technology policy. In this class, you'll learn how the White House, Congress, and Judiciary REALLY work, receive an introduction to analytical techniques, and learn about careers at the local, state, national, and international level.
  • Level 2: Public Policy Analysis: Policy analysis provides a systematic process to analyze public policy options to respond to societal challenges such as COVID-19, climate change, and homelessness.
  • Level 3: Analytical Methods: Benefit-cost analysis (BCA), cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), and risk analysis (RA)are quantitative techniques used to support the assessment of effectiveness,  efficiency and equity in the policy analysis process.
  • Level 4: Program Evaluation: While policy analysis focuses on the future, program evaluation looks at the past performance of a program to see if it has met its societal goals,  how it can be improved, and whether funding for that program should be continued.

If you sign up for the certificate program, you receive a financial discount over individual registration and an additional hour of career counseling, resume or cover letter review, and job-, internship, or fellowship-hunting, or similar advice (a $300 value) that can be used at any time.   If you believe that you have attended a course that already provides you with the knowledge in one of the certificate classes, you can request a lower rate.


Monthly 1 hour Q&A office hours with the date and time are determined by the majority vote of registered students. Typically, they are 1 hour sometime between 5-7 pm eastern, M-Th. Q&As are optional and can be watched via video at a later date/time.  If there is sufficient interest, we will consider increasing the number of Q&A calls.

Registration Deadline:  Students can register at any time and will have immediate access to the course material.  You are only eligible for the Q&A sessions, however, during the semester for which you register.  In addition, you are only able to vote on the day/time of calls. These deadlines are as follows:

Fall Semester: Register by September 1st to vote on the day/time of Q&A calls.  You can participate in the Q&A calls until December 31.

Spring Semester:  Register by January 1 to vote on the day/time of Q&A calls.  You can participate in the Q&A calls until May 31.

Summer Semester: Register by June 1 to vote on the day/time of Q&A calls.  You can participate in the Q&A calls until September 1.

Certificate Students:  Can participate in all Q&A calls for the 2021-22 academic year (including the summer).

If a waiver is needed from these deadlines due to petitioning professional development funds from NSPN, email


Level 2 - Students/Postdocs/Unemployed $247 Register at this level 

Level 2 - Students/Postdocs/Unemployed - NSPN Member $124 Register at this level  with Discount Code (see below)

Level 2 - Professionals $347 Register at this level

Certificate - Student/Postdoc/Unemployed - $947 Register at this link

Certificate Program - Students/Postdocs/Unemployed - NSPN Member $474 Register at this link with Discount Code (see below)

Certificate - Professional -  $1337 Register at this link

Half-price discounts are available for National Science Policy Network (NSPN) members and for splitting the cost with a friend.  Note that NSPN has a professional development fund where you can apply or funds to pay for S&T Policy Academy classes.   The maximum is $500 annually and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  You can find the NSPN discount code by visiting this page

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.