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Sanford Alum Helps Improve Economic Mobility of Front-line Retail Workers

As Senior Manager for Global Responsibility at Walmart, Luis Maes MPP’14 is tasked with leading a five-year, $100 million initiative that seeks to address a fundamental challenge in the retail employment landscape – how to better train and advance entry-level workers.


Policy Successes, Challenges from Paris Climate Talks [Podcast]

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change is now over. Representatives from 200 countries had gathered in December to talk about what can be done to deal with a warming climate.


Sanford Offers Cutting-Edge 'Human Centered Design' Course

Tyler Gamble is working toward his master's degree in public policy. In early January, he and some classmates spent a morning talking with a woman who lives in subsidized housing in Durham, N.C. "One of the things that struck me is it's a lot of work to be really poor," Gamble said. "The kind of bureaucratic procedures and administrative hurdles she faced to get benefits are significant. For someone who lives in abject poverty, it's difficult to plan for the long-term in ways we can't understand."


A Brain and a Uterus: Sanford Podcast #3

In this episode of Sanford's podcast Ways & Means we look at how women gained a political voice in the U.S. and then - surprisingly - in some ways lost it. Guests include Pat Schroeder, the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado.When Pat first ran in 1972 there wasn't even a woman on her local school board. Also, Associate Professor of Public Policy Kristin Goss talks about something she calls the paradox of gender equality. Her research shows, contrary to popular opinion, women in the 1950s had a tremendous amount of political influence -- in some ways, more than today.


REPORT: Police Programs to Prevent Violent Extremism in U.S. Need Reform

The U.S. strategy to prevent homegrown violent extremism through community policing holds promise, but faces significant challenges and needs reforms, according to a new report from the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security at Duke University. Community policing strategies promote collaboration between police and communities to solve problems that undermine public safety. Such strategies could help prevent violent extremism but are being employed by less than half of police agencies, the report states. The report recommends expanding community policing efforts and making them entirely separate from police counterterrorism intelligence collection and criminal investigations.


Center for Child and Family Policy Receives Grant to Promote Children’s Mental Health

The Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and several Wake County organizations have been awarded a $1.9 million grant to address the issue. The John Rex Endowment grant will support a four-year project to transform the use of spaces frequented by children and their families.


Sanford Scholars Ranked Among Most Influential in Education

Three Duke faculty members were ranked among the most influential scholars in the nation’s dialogue on education in a list released by Education Week on Jan. 6. Two Sanford School of Public Policy professors, Helen Ladd and Charles Clotfelter were in the top 100 on the list of 200.  Peter Arcidiacono, professor of economics, was also listed.   


A Beautiful Death: Sanford Podcast Episode 2

Sanford has a new podcast series. New episodes premiere monthly. Each episode is produced by a team of people with deep NPR roots. In this episode: what do people really want when they’re dying? Asking them, and listening carefully to what they say, could lead – surprisingly – to cost-savings for big government systems like Medicare.


On Eve of GOP Debate, a ‘Rhetorical Arms Race,’ Expert Says

Republican candidates for president will debate Tuesday night as controversy over Donald Trump’s comments continue to spread globally. The following Duke professors are available to comment on the debate and campaign rhetoric in general.


Caitlin Durkovich PPS'94 Safeguards America's Infrastructure

There is no typical day for Caitlin Durkovich PPS’94. As Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, she oversees the nation’s efforts to protect America’s infrastructure -- the assets, systems and networks that enable the American way of life -- from outside threats.


Income-based K-12 Assignment Plans Bring Mixed Results

When Wake County Public Schools switched from a school assignment policy based on race to one based on socioeconomic status, schools became slightly more segregated, according to new research from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.


Sanford Launches Ambitious New Podcast

A small team at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy recently launched the Ways & Means podcast iTunes and Stitcher. It’s a show for people curious about the best ideas for improving our society.