Autumn 2017

PPM 599: Research Seminar
Meets: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:20 pm
Description: Students who sign up for PPM 599 will attend research seminars presented by Evans School faculty and policy and management scholars from other UW departments, as well as other Universities. Students will learn about new theories and empirical findings on a wide range of topics in public policy and management and be more fully immersed in a research environment. To receive credit, a student must attend a minimum number of seminars (TBD), including the question and answer period. 


PUBPOL 510: Foundations of American Democracy
Instructor: Laura Evans
Meets: Tuesdays, 2:00-4:50 pm
Description: Examines core values about liberty, equality, justice, and American identity that shape American political culture and institutions. Examines key changes in political institutions, along with social and economic conditions, that have shaped the course of the republic. Gives special consideration to consequences for civil rights, checks and balances, bureaucratic power, political cleavages, and state-society relations.


PUBPOL 514: Psychology for Policy Analysis
Instructor: Grant Blume
Meets: Tuesdays, 2:00-4:50 pm
Description: Why are employer-sponsored retirement plans underutilized? What circumstances affect the choices that people make about eating healthy foods? Why does a small change to an application cause a big increase in the take-up of a public program? These questions related to an overarching question that is relevant across all policy domains: What can we learn from the intersection of public policy and psychology? In PUBPOL 514 we will develop an understanding of emerging behavioral research, apply these concepts to policy problems large and small, and consider the important implications that behavioral research has for public policy in a democratic society.


PUBPOL 537 A: Development Practice: Financial Inclusion and Poverty Reduction
Instructor: Carlos Cuevas
Meets: Wednesdays, 5:00-7:50 pm
Description: “Applied development economics” or “development practice” could be defined as the use of development economics theory, empirical evidence and other lessons from development interventions to improve upon those interventions in terms of the degree to which their goals are achieved. From the multiple possible “development goals” we choose poverty reduction as the focus of this course, and take a critical look at the development experience fighting poverty over the last decade. The course aims at providing a solid analytical base for students to conduct and/or evaluate development interventions, especially those using financial services as intended poverty reduction tools. 


PUBPOL 595 B: Environmental Risks and Values
Instructor: Alison Cullen
Meets: Thursdays, 2:00-4:50 pm
Description: Explores a range of sources of risk to human health and the environment, and the values that color communication, perception, and decision making about risk. This topic lies at the core of an ongoing conversation between communities, governments, social scientists, natural scientists, industry representatives, environmental NGOs, and the media. These groups strive to answer difficult questions such as “what is safe?” “what is acceptable?” “what is known?” “who/what do we prioritize?” “who decides the optimal balance of risk and opportunity?” Topics will include energy, climate, water supply, emerging technology, environmental justice, and others.


PUBPOL 598 A: The Art and Science of Effective Public Speaking
Instructor: Grant Blume
Meets: Wednesdays, 2:00-3:20 pm; October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 29
Description: The objective of this skills workshop is to equip you with a toolkit of public speaking skills that will serve you across whatever professional endeavors you pursue upon earning your MPA. Grounded in the science of what makes speakers effective, we will diagnose your existing strengths and weaknesses and spend the quarter improving and refining your public speaking skills.


PUBPOL 598 B: Legislative Skills
Instructor: State Rep. Gerry Pollet
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:20; October 4-31
Description: By the end of the quarter, you will have developed a small portfolio of legislative products to show any future employer or to use as a citizen lobbyist. Using a variation of Problem Based Learning with guest speakers and interactive strategies learn how to develop and analyze legislation at local, state, or federal levels. The course will use current “hot” legislative topics to examine development of legislative strategies, and the roles of research, staff, and lobbyists in legislative “deliberations.” You will gain hands-on experience with drafting bills and budget analyses, developing strategies and advocacy materials. At the end of the quarter, you will have a small portfolio which may include professional bill analysis, budget provisos, policy or advocacy memos, and other materials.


PUBPOL 599 A: Campaign Management and Political Communications
Instructor: Chris Vance
Meets: Thursdays, 11:30-2:20 pm
Description: In a democracy, election results drive public policy. The next campaign is never far from the minds of elected officials. Policy is often made via ballot measures, or driven by advocacy campaigns. Therefore, anyone who’s career involves public affairs needs to understand how political campaigns really operate. In addition, political campaign management, consulting, and political communications are very viable public affairs career paths. Some make campaigns a career; while many others use campaign jobs as stepping stones to other positions. Office holders and organizations are always in need of press secretaries or other top staff who have the ability to think strategically and communicate a message. This course is designed to give participants the same level of training political organizations and parties provide to candidates and entry level campaign managers and staff, and to train students in the basics of press relations, and strategic communications. The goal is that upon completion of the course, students will not only understand how campaigns function, they will actually be prepared to work on a campaign staff or in a political office or advocacy organization.


PUBPOL 599 B: Crime and Punishment Policy
Instructor: Karin Martin
Meets: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:50 pm
Description: This course examines how the confluence of politics, culture, ideology, and empirics generates policy related to crime and punishment. The course draws on examples from policing, courts, prison, and community supervision to explore the (often contested) realities of policy-making in criminal justice. In order to understand the policy process from conception to evaluation, we will delve into current topics in the field of criminal justice reform, including: cash bail, pre-trial detention, criminal justice debt, risk assessment, abolition/amnesty, and ban-the-box efforts. The course also engages the topic of policy advocacy – or how to actually build support for a policy initiative. Thus, in addition to discussions of readings taken from social psychology, criminology, sociology, political science, and behavioral economics, we will talk with practitioners, advocates, and policymakers about the role of research and politics in the policy-making process. This course equips students to have a nuanced understanding of the political processes informing crime and punishment policy.

Summer 2017

PUBPOL 555: Grant Writing
Kristina Mayer
Meets: each Tuesday and Thursday in A-Term, 9:00-11:50 am (June 22-July 13)
Description: PUBPOL Grantwriting 555 is a highly engaging project-based class.  It is fast-paced and requires a commitment of time and attention.  Students work in consultant teams to prepare grant proposals, budgets, logic models, and other communications on behalf of local nonprofit organizations. Similar to the Evans School capstone project, this course weaves together knowledge, skills and abilities from across the graduate curriculum into tangible products. At quarter's end, student deliverables are submitted by our nonprofit partners to foundations for funding. Past classes have surpassed the industry norm with a success rate of 65%.

PUBPOL 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Howard McCurdy
Meets: each Wednesday for the full summer term, 5:50-8:30 pm (June 21-August 16)
Description: From the spaceship to the computer chip, public officials work hard to promote innovation through science and technology. In turn, advances in science and technology invite governmental response. This course examines important public policy issues associated with science and technology, including the debate over how much government support is necessary to spur research and innovation, the role of government as a regulator of technology, the manner in which technology alters the way in which scientific initiatives are organized, the clash between scientific findings and political ideology, and the governance challenges arising from 21st century technologies. Students also examine impending technologies, the relationship between culture and technology, and specific policy issues of interest to students in the class. The instructor is a graduate of the University of Washington and Cornell University, a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and a frequent visitor to the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He has authored seven books on the U.S. space program.

Course is also open to UW undergraduate juniors and seniors.

PUBPOL 598 A: Leading Change from the Inside Out
Michelle Gislason and Jennifer Martin
Meets: Friday, July 14, 9:10-4:00 pm, and Saturday, July 15, 9:10-3:20 pm only
Description: We live in a rapidly changing and uncertain world where our organizations and communities must constantly shift and evolve. As a result, leaders today must not only be effective in helping others navigate change but also be able to adapt personally. Many times leaders get stuck in thinking only about the technical and strategy changes and overlook the people side of change and transitions. This one-credit, two-day course will start from the “inside out,” exploring not only our own responses to change, but also the relationship building, shared vision, and systemic approach required to be a successful change leader.

Course is also open to UW undergraduate juniors and seniors.

PUBPOL 598 B: The Role of the Military in International Development and Humanitarian Crisis Response
Jason Smith
Meets: each Wednesday in B-Term, 5:20-8:00 pm (July 26-August 16)
Description: This course is intended to help students understand the capabilities that the United States military can bring to the world of international development and humanitarian crisis response. Development work in today’s world is very complex. Whether you work for an NGO, IGO, OGO, or a private company, you could potentially be in a situation where you could require military support or benefit from the resources the military can offer. With the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with other conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, the United States military has found itself more involved in work outside its primary mission. Good or bad, this has become reality.

This course will focus on the following topics: U.S. military doctrine and ability to task organize for specific missions; Specialized units and logistics capability; Permissive versus non-permissive environments; and, Military limitations and challenges. In addition to these topics, this workshop will look at the different Combatant Commands (COCOMS) and explore some of the unique challenges and possible opportunities that exist.

Course is also open to UW undergraduate juniors and seniors.

PUBPOL 598 C: Fundraising Fundamentals
Dawn Rains
Meets: each Wednesday in A-Term, 5:50-8:30 pm (June 19-July 19)
Description: Nonprofit organizations rely on charitable contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fuel their important missions. This skills workshop provides an overview of the role of philanthropy in the community and within an organization, and the basic principles underpinning fund development. We will explore the elements of a strategic fundraising plan and the strategies, tools, and techniques used to move potential supporters from interest and information to involvement and investment. Learn how to create a compelling case for support, write effective donor-centered communications, solicit gifts, and measure fundraising effectiveness. Students are encouraged to select a nonprofit organization in advance of the first class to use as their focus during class exercises and assignments.

Course is also open to UW undergraduate juniors and seniors.

Spring 2017

PPM 599: Research Seminar
Instructor: Robert Plotnick
Meets: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:20 pm
Description: Students who sign up for PPM 599 will attend research seminars presented by Evans School faculty and policy and management scholars from other UW departments. Students will learn about new theories and empirical findings on a wide range of topics in public policy and management and be more fully immersed in a research environment. In spring 2016, there will be six speakers, with dates to be finalized. To receive credit for the spring seminar, a student must attend a minimum of four seminars, including the question and answer period.

PUBPOL 503: Executive Leadership
Dorothy Bullitt
Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-12:50 pm
Description: This course will help students cultivate the practical skills required to lead within various operational contexts. Managerial strategies for addressing problems in public, not-for-profit and business organizations will be examined through case studies, general readings, class-exercises, presentations by practitioners and self-reflection. Throughout this four credit course, students will practice the core skills required for their success as future leaders.

PUBPOL 555: Social Enterprise: New Models for Mission-Based Business
Akhtar Badshah
Meets: Mondays, 4:30-7:20 pm
Description: This seminar course will offer students a deep understanding of the changing landscape for social investments and the tools to become an effective social entrepreneur or practitioner working in the social enterprise and mission based business space. Through lectures, discussion, and practical projects, this course will engage students to explore concepts such as: Ethics of Development; New Funding Models and Investor Expectations; Innovation and Scalability; and Importance of Policy.

Through this class you will get a set of conceptual tools to navigate through the often contradictory and ambiguous mass of information about mission-based businesses and their impact; a clear understanding of how to evaluate and interpret the effects of economic, financial, cultural, political, and social factors on mission-based efforts; and a deeper understanding of the most current research on innovation and social entrepreneurship.

PUBPOL 565 A: Municipal Management II
Instructor: Anne Pflug
Meets: Every Thursday in spring quarter, 4:30-7:20 pm; and the following Saturdays from 10:00-1:50 pm: April 8, April 29, and May 13
Description: Second course in a two course sequence on municipal management. First course (held in winter quarter) was NOT a prerequisite but recommended. The sequence explores the unique aspects of municipal management in the public administration arena, preparing students for careers in local government management. This section covers technical aspects of the field. Providing basic knowledge of local government policy development and implementation through understanding contemporary issues in specific technical areas of management practice including; Legal and ethical considerations; Planning and growth management; Economic development and community “place-making”; Public Safety; Capital and operating budgets, capital financing and strategic planning; Human resources and labor relations in local government; Community engagement and Managing local government program outcomes. Students will develop written material that can be added to a digital portfolio for employers and a local government career exploration plan in the class. There will be opportunities to meet active practitioners and develop contacts in the field.

PUBPOL 565 B: GIS and Public Policy
Instructor: Mahesh Somashekhar
Meets: Wednesdays, 11:30-2:20 pm
Description: This course is a hands-on introduction to Geographic Information Science (GIS) and its application to public policy. Maps are a powerful tool for both describing and studying public policy issues that occur across space. Lectures will discuss the building blocks of effectively creating, analyzing, and presenting maps in policy settings, while lab work and assignments will introduce students to GIS software. Topics include, but are not limited to, understanding how maps can be used; creating and manipulating maps; working with spatial data sources; and conducting spatial analysis. Examples will come from a wide variety of policy settings, such as housing, public health, transportation, and the environment.

PUBPOL 598 B: Career Planning for MPA Students
Instructor: Tamara Schaps, Anna Renzetti
Meets: Thursdays, 2:00-3:50 pm; April 6, 20, May 4, 18, and June 1
Description: Confident in your interview skills? Ready to negotiate your first job offer? Able to articulate your top talents and skills? You will be after taking this class! Intentional career planning helps MPA students successfully transition into the job market after graduation and advance into future leadership roles. This skills workshop will help students understand their talents and skills, build confidence in students ability to articulate their value, and challenge students to master important career management concepts (such as crafting exceptional career documents, interviewing and negotiating job offers, and building relationships with leaders in their fields of interest). A feature of this class will be connecting in-person with successful Evans School alumni through informational interviews, career panels, and networking events. Students are encouraged to identify a job or organization of interest in advance of the first class to use as their focus during class exercises and assignments; this class is tailored to MPA students who will be actively seeking full-time employment within the next six months.

PUBPOL 598 C: Making Collaborative Governance Work
Instructor: Michael Kern
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:20 pm; April 4, 18, May 2, 16, 30
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to: 1) explore what we mean by the term “collaborative governance;” 2) examine several case studies in some depth; and 3) apply what we learn to a range of public policy situations/challenges that are of interest to workshop participants. My hope is that we spend much of the time in discussion, with just enough theory to inform us and get us rolling. I would mostly like to dive with you into the details of some real-world applications of this inexact and sometimes messy concept, to see what we can learn. I would like to explore both the significant achievements reflected in these case studies, but also where each fell short, because no collaborative process (or any other policy process, for that matter) is successful in all ways.

PUBPOL 599 A: Citizen Behavior Change: The Social Marketing Option
Nancy Lee
Meets: Wednesdays, 10:00-12:50 pm
Description: When it comes to citizen behavior change, policymakers have historically relied on two options: Education or Law. This course presents a third option, Social Marketing—one that is often proven to be the most effective in achieving high rates of behavior change, and, importantly, with the greatest returns on investment. Social Marketing is a strategic planning process that uses marketing principles and techniques to influence behavior change that benefits society as well as the individual. Applications of this proven discipline are used to improve public health, prevent injuries, protect the environment, engage communities, and enhance financial well-being. Students will be oriented to the Ten Step Planning Model to develop a strategic social marketing plan, with presentations for each step, including guiding theories and case examples. Students will form teams to actually draft and present a social marketing plan for a social issue (wicked problem) of interest. The course will also cover the role of policymakers in supporting the Social Marketing option. The instructor is the coauthor of 12 books on Social Marketing, has taught at the Evans School for more than ten years, and has been a strategic advisor on numerous citizen behavior change campaigns for Washington State.

PUBPOL 599 B: Open Government Principles and Public Involvement for agencies and public advocates
State Rep. Gerry Pollet
Meets: Mondays, 9:00-10:50 am, and Fridays, 11:30-12:20 pm
Description: Do you value openness in government? Do you want to ensure that any agency you work with, or advocate to, is open and effective involving the public? How can you effectively involve the public in decision making? What are your obligations if you work for an agency or elected official to disclose your records to the public and media, or to meeting in the open?

Using a case and problem-based learning approach with a range of views from guest speakers arranged by State Rep. Gerry Pollet (Board Member of the WA Coalition for Open Government and who has litigated numerous public record/FOIA cases), you’ll explore the principles and basic laws governing open government (e.g., Freedom of Information Act, State Public Records Act, Open Meetings Act). You’ll observe and evaluate public involvement programs for major current public policy issues, and propose your own public involvement and openness plans based on literature, legal standards, and best practices. This will be an exciting time to be studying open government as we follow what the Trump Administration will be doing to change the Freedom of Information Act implementation and other key openness requirements.

PUBPOL 599 C: Regulatory Policy
Instructor: Matt Steuerwalt
Meets: Wednesdays, 3:30-6:20 pm
Description: This course will examine the use of executive branch regulatory power, and how regulations are made, unmade, and enforced. We will focus on state government policy, augmented by timely and relevant examples from federal and local government. We will examine why government regulates and cover the basic theories of regulation. With a foundation in the legislative authorizing environment, we will move to administrative action and the tools and techniques used to craft and reshape policy. We'll touch on a number of issue areas including energy and the environment, health care, and public safety.