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

PRS Testimonies

Policy Research Shop Takes On the ‘Really Tough Questions’

When students from the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop (PRS) testified before the New Hampshire House Children and Family Law Committee in Concord last month, they brought the number of nonpartisan policy research reports presented by Dartmouth students to state policymakers in New Hampshire and Vermont to 200 since the program started in 2005.

Compiling the policy briefs—which present relevant legislative history, case law, social science research and other data on all sides of an issue without making any recommendations—helps undergraduates apply classroom learning to the real world of policymaking and legislation, says program creator Professor Ronald Shaiko, senior fellow and associate director of curricular programs at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, which runs the PRS.

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Testimony, May 8, 2019

CLASS OF 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE ENERGY COMMITTEE OF WOLFEBORO, NH ON MAY 8, 2019.

On May 8, 2019, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Eitan Darwish ‘21, Maria Smith-Lopez ‘21, and Harish Tekriwal ’21, traveled to Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to present key findings from their research report, "Net Metering Policy Options for Wolfeboro, NH." In attendance were members of the Energy Committee of Wolfeboro, selectmen, the head of the Municipal Electric Department, and other interested citizens.

The students’ research drew on expert interviews and site visits they conducted throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Their findings explored the costs, benefits, and feasibility of several policy options that Wolfeboro might consider incorporating into its net metering policy going forward, such as simple value of solar tariffs, battery technologies, and purchasing power agreements.

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Testimony, April 16, 2018

CLASS OF 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENT TESTIFIES BEFORE NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE LEGALIZATION, REGULATION, AND TAXATION OF MARIJUANA.

On Monday, April 16, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop student Christopher McCorkle '20 traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the New Hampshire Commission to Study the Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana, an active statutory committee made up of legislators from the NH House and Senate, a public member appointed by the governor, the NH Attorney General, and representatives from the NH DHHS, DOS, DAMF, DRA, Banking Department, Medical Society, and Association of Chiefs of Police. The presentation summarized the main findings of a PRS report written with Wyatt Williams '19, Tyler Work '20, and Christopher McCorkle '20 titled "Investigating Policy Options for Recreational Marijuana in New Hampshire," (PRS Policy Brief 1718-09) which they had researched and written at the request of Representative John Hunt, Chair of the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee in the NH House.

Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop Testimony, April 9, 2018

CLASS OF 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE SOUTHERN WINDSOR COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION.

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students Brandon Nye '20, Sunpreet Singh '20, and Connor Turner '20 presented their research findings to the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission. The students spent the fall and winter terms performing a valuation study and drafting their report, "Valuation of Recreation Infrastructure in Southern Windsor County: An Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure in Weathersfield, West Windsor, and Windsor," (PRS Policy Brief 1718-04) at the request of Mr. Jason Rasmussen, Director of Planning at the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 3rd, 2018

CLASS OF 1964 POLICY RESEARCH SHOP STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES, RECREATION, AND DEVELOPMENT.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students Estephanie Aquino ’18, Ruben Gallardo ’18, and Josie Yalovitser ’18 travelled to Concord, NH to testify before the New Hampshire House Committee on Resources, Recreation, and Development. 

They gave a presentation that summarized their report, “Drinking Water Standards in New Hampshire: Regulation of Perfluorinated Compounds,” (PRS Policy Brief 1718-05), which they had researched and written at the request of Committee Chair Chris Christensen.

Ruben, a government major with a minor in environmental science, and Josie, a psychology major with minor in anthropology, spent the fall and winter terms researching and drafting the report.  Rachel Muir ’20 also worked on the report in the fall, and Estephanie, a government major with a minor in environmental science, joined the research team in the spring.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: February 22, 2018

PRS STUDENTS TESTIFY BEFORE THE VERMONT HOUSE COMMITTEE ON CORRECTIONS AND INSTITUTIONS

On Thursday, February 22, 2018, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students Nicole Beckman ’20, Hanna Bliska ’20, and Eliza Jane Schaeffer ’20 travelled to Montpelier to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Corrections and Institutions.  The students spent the fall and winter terms researching and drafting their report, “Medication Assisted Treatment Programs in Vermont State Correctional Facilities,” (PRS Policy Brief 1718-03) at the request of Committee Chair Alice Emmons and Vice Chair “Butch” Shaw. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 9th, 2017

PRS Students Testify Before the Board of Directors of Vital Communities

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Wafaa Ahmed ’17 and Joby Bernstein ’17, traveled to White River Junction, VT to testify before the Board of Directors of Vital Communities, an Upper Valley nonprofit organization that focuses on economic development, energy and the environment, and social capital building.  The students conducted two distinct analyses in their report, “Upper Valley Needs Assessment Research: Surveying Upper Valley Community Leaders,” PRS Policy Brief 1617-10.  

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 25, 2017

PRS Students Testify before the Vermont House Committee on Human Services

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Emily Schneider ’19 and Brian Thorpe ’19, traveled to Montpelier to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Human Services.  Emily, a biology major and public policy minor, and Brian, an economics major and public policy minor, spent the fall and winter terms researching and drafting their report, “Social Impact Bonds: A Comprehensive Review,” (PRS Policy Brief 1617-08) at the request of Committee Chair Ann Pugh. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 21, 2017

PRS Students Testify before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife

On Friday, April 21, 2017, two Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop students, Joby Bernstein ’17 and Bill Kosmidis ’19, traveled to Montpelier to testify before the Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife, chaired by Rep. David Deen.  In a prior PRS testimony before the committee, PRS students had presented a policy brief that placed a valuation on Lake Champlain.  Following that testimony, Chairman Deen requested a similar valuation study for the Connecticut River. 

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 9th, 2017

PRS Students Testify Before the Vermont Arts Council

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017, two students from the Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop – Megan Mishra '17 and Genna Liu '19 – traveled to Montpelier to present to members of the Vermont Arts Council, including Alex Aldrich (Executive Director), Zon Eastes (Outreach and Advancement), Troy Hickman (Education Programs Manager), and Kira Bacon (Communications and Outreach Manager). The students presented findings from their study “Vermont Arts Education: Assessment of the State of Art Education in Vermont Schools,” which explored the viability of creating an online database to track the scope of the arts curriculum offered at Vermont K-12 schools.

Pages

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