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PRS Students Present Regionalization Research to the Winsdor, VT Selectboard

PRS students Brandon DeBot '14 and Andres Ramirez '14 testify before the Windsor, VT, Selectboard on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Roanna Wang '13 Presents PRS Findings to the Vermont Senate Committee on Government Operations

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013, Roanna Wang '13, a student from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, made a presentation in Montpelier, VT to the Vermont Senate Committee on Government Operations. 

Roanna presented her findings from the paper to Chairwoman Jeanette White, along with Senator Ayer, Senator French, Senator McAllister, and Senator Pollina. Co-authored with Eric Yang, '14, this paper details the policy history and current policy environment for naturopathic doctors who are now recognized as primary care providers in Vermont. 

Ms. Wang discussed options for the State of Vermont in her presentation, including regulations on the practice of homeopathy, the expansion of internships, residencies, and licensing examinations for ND practitioners, and the further integration of NDs within the Vermont health care system as primary care providers. Following the presentation, committee members engaged Ms. Wang in questions regarding the implications of naturopathic doctors prescribing medications.

Policy Research Shop Participants Present to the Vermont House of Representatives Committee

On Thursday, January 24, 2013, a policy brief produced by Kevin Schorr ‘15, Kamran Ali ‘15, and Edgar Sandoval ‘14 in the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop, was presented to the Vermont House of Representatives Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources in the State Capitol building in Montpelier, VT.  Kevin Schorr, the lone member of the team on campus for the winter term, provided formal testimony on their brief, "Assessing the Feasibility of a Vermont Statewide Stormwater Utility," and responded to questions from Chairman David Dean and committee members. Currently there are more than 1,300 stormwater utilities established across the nation.  While some of these utilities serve populations as large as Vermont and other occupy land area close to the size of Vermont, there has yet to be a statewide stormwater utility established in the United States.  The PRS research team developed a comparative case study design in order to construct a compendium of best practices across six design and implementation criteria that will serve the Committee in its future planning.

PRS Students Testify to Vermont House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

PRS students Li-Ning Yang '15, Chinedu Udeh '12, and Andrew Clay '12, with Natural Resources and Energy Committee Chairman, Tony Klein in the Vermont House Chamber, Montpelier, VT.

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, three Dartmouth students, Li-Ning Yang '15, Chinedu Udeh '12, and Andrew Clay '12, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the Vermont House of Representatives in Montpelier to testify before the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy at the request of Chairman Tony Klein.
The PRS team testified on policy options for establishing an Office of Ombudsman in the State of Vermont.  The students presented case studies of statewide Ombudsman offices currently found in five states and implementation options available for Vermont to consider.  Following a twenty-minute presentation, the students responded to questions and comments from members of the committee. The team also enjoyed a visit to the House and Senate chambers in the state capitol building with Chairman Klein.

NEW Winter 2012 Public Policy Course Now Available for Enrollment

It's time for Winter 2012 course selection!  We are happy to announce a brand new offering: 

PBPL 52: Leadership in Political Institutions
Professor Linda Fowler, 12W:2A
This course explores how political leaders in the U.S. reconcile the constraints of public office with the opportunities to make major changes in society. Drawing from diverse materials on the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, the course explores the following questions: How does leadership differ in the public and private spheres? What personal skills and attributes affect the success or failure of leaders of political institutions? What criteria do/should citizens apply to public leaders? How do political context and historical contingency shape institutional leadership? Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

Policy Research Shop Year Begins with Several Testimonies

Thus far in the 2010-2011 academic year, four groups of Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students have testified before state policymakers in Vermont and New Hampshire.  On September 9, 2010, Travis Blalock '12 of the Policy Research Shop (PRS) gave testimony before the Vermont Child Poverty Council at the State House in Montpelier, VT. The Council, chaired by Rep. Ann Pugh and Sen. Douglas Racine, is a working group composed of legislators, nonprofit leaders, and representatives from executive agencies who deal with child poverty issues in Vermont. Travis's presentation was part of the report by the Families in Deep Poverty Working Group of the Council, headed by Legislative Counsel Robin Lunge. Travis's presentation outlined the characteristics of the deep poverty population in Vermont compared to the nation as a whole, and highlighted some of the challenges posed by its different characteristics. He then offered recommendations for reaching the deep poverty population, including addressing compounding issues and improving public transportation in rural areas.

Policy Research Shop subject of article at Governing magazine blog

We're happy to report that the Policy Research Shop work with policymakers in New Hampshire and Vermont has received another mention in the media.  You can read more of this article in Governing.

The Policy Research Shop is supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program.

This mention was also noted in a recent Dartmouth Now post.  You can find a list of the most recent Dartmouth Now posts that have the "Rockefeller Center" tag in our blog sidebar and on the "About the Center" page at the top of our blog.

PRS Students Testify Before Vermont Child Poverty Council

Three Dartmouth undergraduates from the Policy Research Shop of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center provided formal testimony to members of the Vermont Child Poverty Council on January 31, 2011 at the State Capitol Building in Montpelier, Vermont.  Eric Yang '14, Austin Major '14, and Jae Hyuk Chang '11 presented the findings of their research, which evaluated the accessibility of data necessary to track a series of benchmarks created by the Council.

Want to get involved with the Policy Research Shop?

Rocky's Policy Research Shop (PRS) has made headlines lately with the announcement of a new $750,000 federal grant.  Here's how you can get started:

Rockefeller Center Provides Research about Poverty in Vermont to VT Child Poverty Council

On September 9, 2010, Travis Blalock '12 of the Policy Research Shop (PRS) gave testimony before the Vermont Child Poverty Council at the State House in Montpelier, VT. The Council, chaired by Rep. Ann Pugh and Sen. Douglas Racine, is a working group composed of legislators, non profit leaders, and representatives from executive agencies who deal with child poverty issues in Vermont. The presentation was mentioned in a recent post on the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition web site.

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