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

Ronald Shaiko

Spring Term Public Policy Courses

PBPL 26: Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Professor H. Gilbert Welch MD, MPH (10)

Health care in the United States costs more than in other countries, but is it better? Answering this question requires understanding a wide range of subjects, including the pathophysiology of disease, clinical decision making, epidemiology, and public policy. This course provides an introduction to these tools. We will also consider additional questions: Is more screening & early diagnosis the best way to stay healthy?  Does more treatment always help people feel better?  And how has the "Dartmouth School" of health policy contributed to the debate?           Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

Is There Life After Iowa and New Hampshire?

With the passing of the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary, two crucial steps in the lead up to the Presidential election have now occurred. As members of the Dartmouth community, many of us had the opportunity to participate in Tuesday’s primary. Political primaries are an essential component of the political process as they hold outsized sway over public opinion. Despite the relatively small number of voters, the media, the American public, the candidates, donors and other politicians pay close attention to the results of these early contests. Everyone seeks an answer to the same question – which candidates have the ability to progress onto later primaries and to potentially win the election?

The Rockefeller Center hosted a panel of Dartmouth Government Department faculty who study American politics, to share their expertise. The panel included Professors Joseph Bafumi, Linda Fowler and Dean Lacy and was moderated by Professor Ron Shaiko.

Dartmouth Students Size Up Potential Presidents

Exerpted from Bill Platt's original article published in Dartmouth Now on Feb 4, 2016.

Every four years, Dartmouth students get an early look at the field of Republican and Democratic candidates for president in the run-up to the New Hampshire primary.  Election season offers the College community an unparalleled opportunity to participate in retail politics and serves as an extension of the classroom, says Professor Ronald Shaiko.

This video offers a quick look at the Upper Valley political events leading up to the Feb. 9 New Hamsphire primary vote.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Visits PBPL 5: Intro to Public Policy Class

On Friday morning, January 29, 2016, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) visited the Public Policy 5 class of Professor Ron Shaiko at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.  Senator Ayotte spoke to the class of approximately 100 students about how she is working with her colleagues in the Senate to adopt more evidence-based processes of selecting and evaluating new and ongoing government programs.

Senator Ayotte presented several examples in which the federal government programs that are either duplicative or are not based on any measureable metrics to judge the success or failure of such programs.  She pointed out that an Afghanistan Economic Development Task Force was provided with an $800 million budget by Congress to create sustainable economic growth opportunities for the Afghan people. In the end, the limited programming that did result from the programming neither served to produce sustained economic growth nor to engage the Afghan people in such programs. 

Bonding and Bridging in Civil Society

The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows program had the privilege of welcoming one of the Rockefeller Center’s very own faculty members, Ron Shaiko, to its January 14, 2016 session. Professor Shaiko is a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Curricular and Research Programs, and has been teaching at Dartmouth College for fifteen years. For this session, Professor Shaiko opened the floor with a discussion of how “bonding” and “bridging” operates in civil society. Whereas bonding social capital refers to the strong connections built within core, homogenous groups of people, bridging social capital refers to the connections built between these groups of people, forming a heterogeneous network of individuals.

Kate Norton ’01 Speaks in PBPL 45 Class

On Thursday, November 5, 2015, Kate Norton ‘01, Director, Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Dartmouth College, visited Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class.  Norton explained the various interactions that the College has with the foundation world and gave a detailed description of the grant proposal process.  She informed the students of the various online resources available through the Dartmouth Library and provided useful tips on selecting foundations and crafting strong and effective grant proposals.  The students' final class project involves crafting a grant proposal to fund a program that addresses a real world policy problem.  Students must utilize an existing organization on campus or an off-campus nongovernmental organization as their implementing entity and then select an actual foundation that would likely fund the proposal they draft.    

Steve Norton Visits PBPL 45 Class

On October 1, 2015, Steve Norton of the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies (NHCPPS), spoke with students in Professor Ron Shaiko's PBPL 45: Introduction to Public Policy Research class. Norton discussed the mission of NHCPPS as well as the Center's most recent 2015 publication, "What Is New Hampshire? An Overview of Issues Shaping the Granite State’s Future" (Tyler Stoff '15, a past Policy Research Shop participant and an intern at the NHCPPS this summer, participated in writing the report).


Former NH House Speaker Norelli Named Perkin Bass Visitor

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced that former Speaker of the New Hampshire House Terie Norelli, who now leads the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, will be the third Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor for the 2015-2016 academic year.

“I'm really looking forward to coming to Dartmouth as Perkins Bass Visitor and engaging with the next generation coming up,” Norelli says. “I think that younger people are less interested in all the conflict we see in politics today and more interested in working together to find solutions. And quite frankly, I think women often have a more collaborative approach that will be reinforced by a younger generation that already has that mindset.”

Norelli was the first Democratic woman to lead the New Hampshire House. During her tenure in leadership, from 2007 to 2014, she worked to pass marriage equality and three state budgets, and was a leader of the bipartisan negotiations that led to the passage of Medicaid expansion in the state.

Rockefeller Center Alumni Reception in NYC

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Maya and Robert Tichio ’99, together with Andrew Samwick, Ronald Shaiko, and Sadhana Hall hosted a reception in New York City for alumni who at some point in their Dartmouth lives called Rocky “home.” The event was principally in celebration of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s growth over the past decade. In particular, the evening commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the newly endowed Class of 1964 Policy Research Shop.

Rockefeller Center Releases 2015 New Hampshire State of the State Poll

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences recently released the 2015 New Hampshire State of the State Poll, its eighth annual survey of New Hampshire's registered voters. The report assessed opinions on policy issues, elected officials, and the state of the economy in New Hampshire and in the United States.

The PDF iconreport is available here (PDF).
Dartmouth Now covered the release of the 2015 State of the State Poll here.


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