Jenni Owen, senior lecturer of public policy at Duke’s Sanford School, has been appointed Policy Director by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. She will serve in the office of the governor.
What happens when there are very high hopes for a particular policy idea, and then researchers conclude the results are not as promising as they once seemed? Are there lessons to be learned from this?
Contrary to popular belief, increasing politicians’ paychecks is not likely to encourage more working-class people to run for office, new research from Duke University finds.
Is the United States a country in inevitable decline, or are we a country in renewal? Should our foreign policy commitments include indefinite deployments of United States troops, or should we rely on our allies throughout the world to help maintain our interests?
Assistant Professor Manoj Mohanan evaluated a promising health program in Gujarat in western India. The program paid private doctors to offer hospital births to poor women. The program was launched in early 2006 in five northern districts, and scaled out to the rest of the state by the end of 2007. By 2012, over 800 private-sector hospitals had participated and the program had helped pay for more than 800,000 deliveries. As a part of the evaluation, Mohanan's team collected data on birth histories and outcomes from 6,000 households in Gujarat.
Susan Coppedge is the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Her office estimates there are 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. From sex trafficking to labor trafficking, many in the world are vulnerable. In this conversation with Sanford’s dean, Kelly Brownell, Coppedge talks about innovative ways in which her office is trying to combat the problem
It’s practically impossible to be an American teenager today without a phone. Kids use their phones for everything—and it often stresses out parents who worry their teens are spending too much time with their devices. Candice Odgers, Associate Director of the Center for Child & Family Policy, explored the validity of seven common fears parents have about teens and mobile devices. This is the latest episode of the Sanford podcast Ways & Means.
Emerging leaders from Central and Southern Asian countries, all of them women, visited the Sanford School last week to learn about research on counter-terrorism and community policing to stop violent extremism. The 10 women leaders from seven countries included governmental, law enforcement, and nonprofit leaders from Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal and Pakistan.
I’m from Turkey, and I worked for the Minister of Finance there before coming to Sanford. It was a good job. It was a hard job, but hard is good. As a government official, you have to deal with difficult, unexpected situations.
“We believe that our democracy is permanent and resilient,” said Tom Ross, former president of the UNC system. But the anger, fear and division revealed by the recent election are signs that it “is inching toward failure and we ignore that to our peril. There are millions who believe the government isn’t working for them." Ross made his comments in a Dec. 1 lecture at Sanford.
A new policy lab opening today at the Duke Global Health Institute will address financing solutions aimed at improving the health of the world’s poor.
“You’ve heard about the difference in theory and practice?” asked New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “Senators work in theory and out in space. Mayors work in real time,” he said, describing the differences in governing at the federal and local level during a talk at the Sanford School on Nov. 28.