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The Research to Policy Program

The Program on Bridging Research to Policy


Calendar Year 2016


“Bridging Research to Policy” is based at the University of Maryland College Park, Maryland campus located just outside of Washington, DC.


The program is open to current government and nonprofit practitioners as well as graduate students studying public policy, international development, environmental policy, and/or social policy. Up to 25 public officials (or students) may be selected to participate in each program.

Program Summary

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is the only top-ranked school of public policy, management, and international affairs in the Washington, DC area that is housed within a Tier I research university. As such, the School is uniquely positioned to offer educational programming on the bridging of research into public policy. And, with the many think tanks, advocacy organizations, lobbyists, and international organizations in Washington, there is no better place to explore the issue hands on, with current practitioners.

“Bridging Research to Policy” is a ten-day program for public agency staff that examines the relationship between research and policy – specifically how research does or does not impact policy – and examines ways policy can be made to be more evidence- and research-based. Classes will be held on Monday-Friday of each week, with the weekend left unscheduled for participants. 

Are governments becoming more receptive to policy-making based on sound research? Can political and institutional contexts be changed so as to afford greater influence of research on policy? Should government bureaucrats be more likely to change practice based on research evidence? Are there different issues related to the use of research in policy formulation versus policy implementation?

The program explores these questions and more, investigating ways in which advanced research may be integrated into policy analysis, decision methods, and policy making and implementation.

Illustrative Faculty

In addition to Dr. Hilde, the School will provide a team of nationally renowned scholars and practitioners from the School and the highest levels of the public and private sectors. Likely faculty participants include:

  • Kenneth S. Apfel, former Cabinet-level officer in the Administration of President William J. Clinton as Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. He has also served as Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
  • Miguel Gonzalez Marcoslegal and policy consultant for the Heinrich Böll Foundation; the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization; and research fellow at the Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School.
  • Dr. Philip Joyce,Professor and Senior Associate Dean of the School of Public Policy, an expert on public budgeting and performance measurement.
  • Dr. Allen Schick, professor of public policy,former senior specialist and researcher at the Congressional Research Service, Urban Institute and Brookings Institution.

Instructional Materials

The School will provide instructional materials for the programs, consisting of a comprehensive program binder with copies of power point presentations and articles and other readings as appropriate, books and other supplemental texts.

Citation of Program Completion

An individual Citation of Program Completion will be issued by the School and provided to the participants after the successful completion of the course of study.


The program cost of $6,000 per participant covers tuition, instructional materials (binders of readings and case studies), lead faculty and guest instructors, site visit transportation, classrooms with audio-visual, shuttle from the hotel to the campus classroom, and snacks/meals during the program day.


Please contact Tom Kennedy, Director of Executive Programs, at 301.405.6227 or tkennedy@umd.edu for more information.