Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Thank you to everyone who joined us for a tremendous evening in celebration of our distinguished namesake, Dan Evans, and to raise funds for Evans School student scholarships. You raised more than $560,000 in scholarship funds to inspire the next generation of leaders to follow in the footsteps of Dan and Nancy Evans. 

These scholarships will make a world of difference to Evans School students, encouraging the best and brightest young minds to pursue noble careers in government and nonprofits -- regardless of their own economic circumstances.  

Thank you. We are grateful to have you as part of the Evans School community.

Open House for Prospective Students

Students at Open HouseThe Evans School Open House will offer a comprehensive view of studying at our nationally ranked school of public policy and management. This is a great opportunity to:

  • Learn more about our Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA, Peace Corps Master’s International, and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management programs
  • Hear from faculty, staff, and alumni to gain a richer understanding of the degree programs  
  • Get detailed answers to your questions at our program-specific breakout sessions

Wednesday, November 18
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Sign-in and appetizers starting at 5:30 p.m.)
University of Washington Seattle Campus, Parrington Hall

Can't make it? Learn more about the MPAExecutive MPA, and Ph.D. programs at other upcoming events.

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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Information Sessions for Prospective Students

Prospective Student Group


Are you considering applying for the Evans School? Learn more about our program by attending an information session. Prospective Student Information Sessions are hosted by admissions staff, faculty, and alumni who will cover the different degree programs and admissions processes at the Evans School, including our Master of Public Administration (MPA), Peace Corps Master’s International MPA track, Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management.

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