What I liked most about the Master of Public Policy program at Sanford is that the degree is essentially a "Choose Your Own Adventure" graduate program. At the beginning of my MPP experience, I decided to pursue courses that help me strengthen my hands-on community problem-solving skills in an applied setting.
Late in my microeconomic public policy course we had the pleasure of listening to a virtual lecture by the author of our class textbook— Professor Robert Frank of New York University. He explained the important phenomena of behavioral contagion: the visible actions of others that we begin to imitate.
This spring, Professor David Schanzer got some expert help in teaching his course Privacy, Technology & National Security, PPS 590S, from Duke alumni working in the technology policy area. Six alums spent the entire semester mentoring groups of students on their final projects – a privacy and civil liberties analysis of a new or emerging technology.
A single press release naming a company that has violated workplace health and safety regulations can result in a 73 percent improvement in compliance by other facilities, Duke researcher Matthew S. Johnson finds. The study found that after one of these press releases was sent to the local newspaper, compliance by other nearby facilities improved more than if OSHA had inspected each of those facilities directly.
MPP students in a “citizen experience lab” work to improve customer experiences for Durham organizations
Four Sanford master’s students faced a question in class this spring: How could they help GoDurham improve the customer experience of Durham public transportation? The MPP students in the course “Using Human-Centered Design to Improve the Citizen Experience” knew they needed to understand the customer experience for the answers. Over the semester, they learned and used human-centered design (HCD) skills to help answer this question.
Master of Public Policy candidate James Settles is a U.S. Army intelligence officer with combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan over the past nine years. Last semester, he studied the veteran experience from a new angle – in his public policy course.
Children who experience housing eviction are more likely to 1) live in families earning low incomes, 2) belong to communities of color, and 3) have special education needs than children who do not experience eviction, according to new research from the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Du
Three fellows in the 2019-2020 cohort of the Sanford School’s Counterterrorism and Public Policy fellowship program have received writing awards for their capstone resear
It’s hard for families with kids to save money. In the U.S., it’s even harder when the family is black according to a new study co-authored by Christina Gibson-Davis.
"As a school of public policy, we have the opportunity to educate and create knowledge to set a better course for society." - Dean Judith Kelley
As cities and counties across the U.S. struggle with questions about how to reopen the economy safely, one Duke Sanford School of Public Policy expert has joined an effort to establish an interdisciplinary, community-based model at the local level.
Francisco Jeria MIDP '20 worked at the Ministry of Education in Chile for five years before coming to Sanford with his wife and son. The Sanford faculty "is amazing," he says. Francisco earned a Masters Degree in International Development Policy. He let a camera crew tail him for this day-in-the-life video.