Real world research. Real world impact.

The Evans School uses the world as their laboratory. Diving deep into the pressing public policy and governance issues of today, the Evans School strives to create leaders who will solve the issues of tomorrow.

The Evans School Policy Analysis & Research Group

The Evans School is a policy partner with impact far beyond the city of Seattle. By partnering with local and international development organizations, students at the Evans School are able to reach and influence global communities.

Portraits of Public Service Leadership

In this edition of The Memo, we wanted to shine a light on a few Evans School alums who are dedicated to public service and making a real-world impact. We asked four alums in managerial or executive positions about their work and how the Evans School set them up for their success. These are a few highlights of their stories.

Harold Taniguchi (MPA '90), Director, Department of Transportation, King County

Why is the work you do important?

I am fortunate to work in transportation, which is absolutely relevant to our lives. Without the safe...

Evans School News - June 2017 Volume 1
Doctoral student Emmi Obara selected to receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Evans School doctoral student, Emmi Obara, has been selected to receive a 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. 

Obara’s research will be looking into prison and criminal justice policies using 15 years of data from the Bureau of Justice Statistic’s National Corrections Reporting Program data. Obara will be examining trends of repeated releases and recidivism in the light of changes to sentencing policy. Professor Scott Allard is the advisor on this project.

Putin's Diplomatic Poker Game

“Putin has a weak hand,” said Jill Dougherty. “But he knows how to play the game.” 

Dougherty, the former Moscow CNN Bureau Chief and current Evans School visiting distinguished practitioner, spoke to a full house at Town Hall Seattle. Her talk focused on President Putin’s diplomatic moves and his general operation style while giving historical context about the Russian leader’s background.

“Putin entices his opponents and then counters them,” Dougherty said. “Like in Judo.”

She talked about the last United States presidential election and described...

Evans School News - May 2017 Volume 1
Anchoring and the cost of municipal capital

Professor Marlowe explains municipal capital and how local governments should be making investment decisions based on good data and analysis.


Technology for Global Good

In the face of rapid technological change in computing, biotech, logistics, and communications, how can policy makers, nonprofits, and governments use technology to solve our greatest challenges? What role should the private sector play? What goals should we collectively be striving towards? How do we address extreme poverty, climate change, or inequality?

Wismar Medina, Microsoft’s Industry Lead for Local and Regional Government, presented a talk for our annual Dael L. Wolfe Lecture series about the roles of technology and government to serve the public good. 

April 21-22, 2017 University of Washington Seattle Campus

April 21-22, 2017 Parrington Hall, UW Seattle Campus

The 14th Annual West Coast Nonprofit Data Conference is hosted by the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

The suburbanization of poverty

Evans School Professor Scott Allard is taking the traditional understanding of poverty as a mostly urban issue, and expanding it.

“Poverty is a problem for all communities,” said Allard. “Where resources are generated and directed need to be informed by first acknowledging that poverty affects urban, rural, and suburban areas.”

Allard sits at his desk in Parrington Hall, surrounded by packed bookshelves, looking over the final touches to his upcoming book Places in Need. Coming out later this year, it deals with the suburbanization of poverty, where it came from, and how to...