The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Policy Research Shop

PRS Students Testify on Research Findings to the Strafford, Vermont Selectboard

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop (PRS) students Tyler Stoff '15, Mariel Wallace '16, and David Garcia '16 traveled to the historic Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vermont to meet with members of the Strafford Selectboard. The PRS students provided the members of the Selectboard, chaired by John Freitag, with an analysis of the salaries of town employees for 49 Vermont towns with populations from 892 to 1,264.

PRS Students Testify on Potential Trust Fund Strategies

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, three students from the Policy Research Shop (PRS) traveled to Montpelier, VT to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources, chaired by Rep. David Deen. The students—Ana Marija Pongrac '15, Tyler Stoff '15, and Katelyn Schultz '16—presented their policy brief, "Vermont Environmental Trust Fund Establishment: An Analysis of Potential Strategies" and fielded questions from committee members.

PRS Students Testify on Minimum Wage Bill

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, four Dartmouth undergraduates from the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop (PRS) traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee on SB 261, a bill to raise the minimum wage in New Hampshire above the federal minimum wage standard of $7.25 per hour. The PRS students—Andrew Carothers '17, Sam Libby '17, Joby Bernstein '17, and Gabriel Lopez Low '15—provided an overview of the background and demographics relating to the minimum wage in New Hampshire, an excellent assessment of the extant economic literature on the employment effects of raising the minimum wage, including meta-analyses of economic research on the minimum wage, their own analysis of contiguous county employment data for New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont, as well as a stakeholder analysis and assessment of public opinion data in New Hampshire and nationwide on raising the minimum wage.

Rockefeller Center – One of the recipients of the Class of 1964's 50th reunion gift

The Class of 1964's 50th reunion gift of $14.7m to Dartmouth was announced today, of which the Rockefeller Center is a significant beneficiary. The '64 Leadership Initiative supports leadership training through experiential learning, a priority for President Hanlon since his inauguration, and a priority of the Rockefeller Center since its dedication in 1983.

1st Annual Policy Research Shop Open House: Recap with Organizer Mariel Wallace '16

This week, the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop (PRS) held its first annual open house. Organized by 2013 First-Year Fellow Mariel Wallace ’16, the open house sought to showcase the work that the Policy Research Shop conducts both for public policy in the surrounding community and for the education of Dartmouth students. In an interview, Wallace described her inspiration to organize this event and involvement with the PRS.

Students Testify on POLST Forms Before New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, three members of the Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord to testify before the New Hampshire House of Representatives Committee on Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Joshua Schiefelbein ’14, Zach Markovich ’15 and Avery Feingold ’17 presented their policy brief, “POLST Registries: Supporting End of Life Decision Making,” in formal testimony before the committee. The PRS students followed the testimonies of nine other lobbyists and executive agency representatives. 

Students from the Policy Research Shop Present Their Report on Fossil Fuel Divestment

On Thursday, February 27th, three Policy Research Shop (PRS) students traveled to Montpelier, VT to deliver a formal testimony regarding their findings. Sean Connolly ’16, Katie Schultz ’16 and Nick Shallow ’16 testified before the Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee. The group was invited to present by Senator Anthony Pollina, who contacted the Rockefeller Center’s PRS to request a study related to Vermont State Bill S.131. The Senate Bill proposes “that the Vermont Pension Investment Committee divest from companies that extract, produce, or refine fossil fuels.” 

The Rockefeller Center's Latest Course Offering, Public Policy 49, Featured in The Dartmouth

Public Policy 49, "Environmental Policy Research Workshop," was recently featured in an article penned by Jose Garza '17. PBPL 49 is the Rockefeller Center's newest course and was offered for the first time this winter.

PBPL 49 is designed to guide students in conducting research on environmental policy-based projects. These projects are based on requests from the Vermont and New Hampshire state legislature. Students will learn the basic theory and research methods in environmental social science and they will spend the second half of the course applying these skills in team-based settings in order to address the questions posed in the projects. Satisfactory completion of the course will qualify students for entry into the Rockefeller Policy Research Shop.

A small excerpt from Garza's article:

PRS Students Present on New Hampshire’s #Medicaid Managed Care Plan

PRS student Mark Sheridan ’15 testifies to various New Hampshire officials regarding the NH Medicaid Managed Care Plan on June 25, 2013, in Concord, New Hampshire.  PRS student Lorelei Yang ’15 was also presenting.

Mark Sheridan and Lorelei Yang from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord on June 25, 2013 to present on the implementation of New Hampshire’s Medicaid managed care plan.  NH State Representative Laurie Harding and members of the NH Senate requested a report on the topic. 

PRS Students Present Analysis of #NH Commerce Clause to the NH House Committee

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, three students from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop at Dartmouth College traveled to Concord, NH to present a report to members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives.  Earlier in the academic year, State Representative Carol McGuire (R, Merrimack) requested an analysis of Chapter 339 of New Hampshire’s Commerce Clause, targeting statutes that were out of date. 


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