Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

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  • Democratizing Public Finance

    With today’s limited resources, public and nonprofit leaders have no choice but to build sophisticated financial analysis and cost-effectiveness directly into their organization. That’s why we at the Evans School emphasize the education and discipline of public finance. On the first day of the core MPA financial management class we tell the students: “You are all money people now.” The rest follows from there.

  • Assessing Social Policy Outcomes

    When Americans go to the polls in 2016, it's likely they'll be choosing between candidates with opposing views on the minimum wage.  Despite decades of prior work on the topic, there are very few definitive answers in this debate. The Evans School is leading a five-year empirical research project to analyze the outcomes of Seattle's minimum wage social policy on families and business, uniquely positioning us to provide evidence in a time when evidence will be in high demand.

  • Creating Collaborative Governance

    Does government funding for collaborative efforts pay off in terms of improved environmental outcomes? Through “big data” analysis, research at the Evans School has provided evidence showing that such efforts have had an overall positive impact on the condition of lakes, rivers, streams, and watersheds - leading to new approaches for generating environmental progress.

  • Innovating Benefit-Cost Analysis

    At the Evans School, we produce scholarship that shows a better understanding of how an entire community values a single life. Federal agencies will know if they’re being too stringent in approving public policies that impose costs in the interest of saving lives. This research will inform governmental decision-making, inspire medical research, and expand resources to produce life-saving preventative measures.

  • Building 'Right-Fit' Evaluation Systems

    As the culture of giving and philanthropy evolves, more donors are focusing on how charitable organizations measure and demonstrate impact. The Goldilocks Project, completed by faculty at the Evans School, provides a framework that supports nonprofit organizations in building monitoring and evaluation systems that fit organizational needs.

  • Define Your Next Step


    Earn your Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

    • 18-month accelerated program 
    • Action-based instruction
    • Award-winning faculty
    • Network of more than 4,000 alumni worldwide


    Kendrick Stewart Executive MPA, 2015, Administrator, Washington State Department of Social & Health Services

    EMPA Graduate

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It’s not too late to apply!

We will continue to accept applications for the fall 2016 MPA program on a rolling, space-available basis.

Questions? Contact Barry Wall at evansadm@uw.edu.

Evans School Among the Top Ten Schools of Public Affairs

The Evans School consistently ranks among the top public affairs programs. In U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings, the Evans School placed in the top 10 programs nationwide (9th overall) and earned additional recognition for exceptional programming in nonprofit management (3rd), environmental policy and management (6th), public management and administration (11th), and public policy analysis (13th).

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Evans School Among the "Most Innovative" Schools of Public Service

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The Evans School of Public Policy and Governance is ranked 18th among the nation’s 50 most innovative public service schools, according to BestValueSchools.com. This ranking places the Evans School as the most innovative public school among the U.S. News & World Report's top public affairs schools and the program with the lowest net cost for students.

The evaluation highlighted the Evans School’s areas of specializations that “provide students with an innovative, interdisciplinary look at government work,” concurrent degrees, and capstone projects. The article recognizes the Evans School as “intuitively connected to all current issues in public policy.”

The Evans School was the only school in Washington state to make the list.

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