Launched in Fall 2012, the APA Sacramento Program is a partnership between the Goldman School of Public Policy and the California State Legislature and Office of the Governor. This exciting partnership teams up a Goldman School master’s student completing an Advanced Policy Analysis (APA) project with a legislator or member of the Governor’s Office who will serve as the student’s “client”. The APA Program makes it possible for students to work on real-world legislative issues and bills that are important and of high priority to key policy makers in Sacramento. Guided under the supervision of a GSPP faculty member, students have the opportunity to conduct high-quality quantitative and analytical policy analysis to evaluate and develop solutions to today’s most complex policy problems facing the State of California.
The students’ academic experience includes interdisciplinary training in multiple fields such as microeconomics and statistical modeling, public leadership and management, political and agency management, and law and public policy. Students also bring strong oral and written communication skills, as well as innovative thinking and leadership skills. A faculty advisor oversees each student’s work, ensuring that their final Advanced Policy Analysis product, which is equivalent to a Master’s thesis, is of value to the legislator and exemplifies the best analysis of the policy issue.
Eligible participants (clients) must be legislators and key staff from the State of California Office of the Governor and State Assembly and Senate offices, both Democratic and Republican, with the goal of having an equal balance of projects between the two houses. The selected legislators and staff will serve as “clients” for the APA projects.
Participant Benefits Include Access To:
- Rigorous analysis, research, and policy recommendations on contemporary issues and legislative bills.
- Project supervision by University of California, Berkeley faculty members from the Goldman School of Public Policy.
- Master’s students with superior quantitative, statistical, communication, and analytical skills, as well as substantive work experience.
- Regularly scheduled interactions between clients and students to ensure that all work and product deliverables are on track.
- Final deliverables including a professional policy analysis report with policy recommendations and presentation.
Prospective Client Proposal Submission
|Deadline: October 9, 2017|
Student Application Period
|October 11 - 18, 2017|
Client Application Review, Interview, and Selection Period
|October 20 - November 6, 2017|
Student Selection Finalized
|Deadline: November 6, 2017|
- January to May, 2018: Project work begins. Students begin projects during the third week of January 2017, although students can begin preliminary work on the project earlier depending on the needs of the client and/or the project. Students attend a weekly seminar with a faculty advisor and another 10-12 students doing their own projects. The APA represents approximately 75% (30 hours per week) of a student's workload in the spring semester.
- Mid-April 2018: Draft project due. Draft report is due to the faculty advisor and client for review and feedback.
- Early May 2018: Final paper due. Final paper is due to the faculty advisor, client, and GSPP student services unit.
|Meet with student prior to the start of the project to negotiate and define the project’s scope and develop project timeline (projects begin in mid-January and end in early May).||Meet with client prior to the start of the project to negotiate and define the project’s scope and develop project timeline (projects begin in mid-January and end in early May).|
|Provide internal data sources relevant to the project, advise students regarding external data sources; arrange for student access to relevant stakeholders.||Provide list of data sources and relevant stakeholders needed to conduct research for the project.|
|Meet student regularly throughout the Spring to ensure project stays on course; provide feedback and resources based on student progress reports throughout the semester.||Meet client regularly throughout the Spring to ensure project stays on course; provide scheduled progress reports, including a mid-point status report on preliminary findings.|
|Read and provide feedback on mid-point status report on preliminary findings; interim report draft(s); and final report.||Submit mid-point status report on preliminary findings; interim report draft(s); and final report to client for review and feedback.|
*Note: Dissemination of the final work product should be discussed and agreed upon first by the client.
Please contact Cecille Cabacungan to obtain a copy of any of the reports listed below.