For more than two decades, the Evans School Student Consulting Lab (formerly Public Service Clinics) has been producing program evaluations, strategic plans, policy analyses, and new program proposals that address the real-world needs of nonprofit and public agencies. These students are not interns helping with day-to-day administrative tasks; they are project-focused professionals working independently with key guidance from faculty advisors and periodic assistance from you.
How it works:
Consulting teams of three to six skilled Master of Public Administration (MPA) students dedicate approximately 10-12 hours of work each week for a period of six months (totaling 200-250 hours of work per student consultant). Students complete their projects over two academic quarters (January – June) and their work is supervised by experienced Evans School faculty.
Examples of projects:
- Conducting organizational policy research, including stakeholder analyses, feasibility studies, and strategic plans
- Conducting funding or donor analyses and developing organizational funding strategies
- Evaluating public policy initiatives and program options or support structures behind them
- Developing program evaluation strategies, performance assessment plans, or impact studies for funders or authorizing stakeholders
View sample projects:
Cost: The participation fee for accepted projects is $1,850. Financial assistance is available to nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to pay the full fee. See Step 4 below for more details.
Step 1: Submit a proposal (deadline: September 15)
Proposals will be vetted and rated based on the following critera:
- A feasible program scope for a team of three to six consultants and a six-month timeline
- A clearly-stated problem, challenge, or opportunity to be addressed by the project
- An emphasis on value-added research that can be conducted by an offsite team
- Clear and achievable deliverables, including but not limited to written reports, presentations to decision-makers or board officers, or tools to aid in program implementation
- Clear reporting assignments, including timetables for regular meetings, primary points of contact, and written expectations of the consultant team and your organization
Step 2: Proposal Review & Matching Process (October-November)
Once your proposal is reviewed and accepted by the Evans School, it will be matched with a faculty advisor, who will then match your project with a student team. If your project is not matched, we can make the project available for students pursuing internship projects.
Step 3: Three-Way Meeting (December and January)
You will meet with the consultants and their faculty advisor to draft a Letter of Agreement using our template.
Step 4: Participation Fee and Project Work (February through June)
The participation fee is $1,850* per project payable in two installments of $925. The first payment is due upon signing a letter of agreement (February) and the second is due upon acceptance of the final product (June). Student teams receive faculty guidance and consult with your organization while conducting research and developing deliverables.
*Financial assistance is available to nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to pay the full fee. Those organizations can request assistance as part of the online proposal process.
Questions? Contact Us!
For more information, contact the Evans School at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.616.1613.