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PPOL 071 | The Role of the White House, Congress, Federal Agencies, and Judiciary in Science & Technology Policy

June 22, 2021 to June 23, 2021


Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is one week before the first day of the course.  If you are unable to register before the deadline, please email: or call 301-496-7977 for space availability. 

NIH Fellows or NIH community members being sponsored by their lab and awaiting payment authorization can tentatively hold a seat using the “Reserve A Seat” option. FAES must receive payment within 7 business days after reserving a seat or 3 business days before the start of the workshop, which ever comes first. If payment is not received in this time frame, your reservation will be cancelled.

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Workshops generally run from 9:00am - 5:00pm.​

Simultaneous access to two screens is highly recommended for best learning experience. Examples include one computer with two screens, two computers, one laptop and one tablet, etc.​


Whether you’re a scientist, engineer, or health professional interested in a career in science and technology policy or a researcher who’s interested in improving how they describe the potential societal implications of their research, you need better understanding of science and technology policy. You also need to understand the key principles involved in evaluating programs, analyzing potential public policies that might respond to societal implications, and then communicating your results to policymakers and the public. 

Educational Outcomes

In this “learn by doing” class, students will enhance their understanding of:

  • What encompasses science & technology (S&T) policy

  • The role of the White House, Congress, and Judiciary in S&T policy

  • The role of international government and U.S. states & cities in S&T policy

  • The role of scientists, engineers, and health professionals in public policy.

  • The analytical and communication techniques that support scientific, engineering, and health-focused communications with policymakers.

  • An overview of careers in S&T policy.


Day 1

  • ·What is Science & Technology (S&T) policy?
  • What is the difference between “policy for science” and “science for policy”?

  • How do the White House and Congress REALLY work?

  • Which federal agencies play a major role in S&T policy? Hoe do they differ?

  • What role does the judiciary play?

  • What S&T policy activities occur at the international, state, and city level?

  • Day Day 2
  • What role might you play in S&T policy?  What’s your perspective?

  • What analytical techniques are used in public policy analysis and program evaluation?

  • What do you need to consider when communicating with policymakers?

  • What are possible careers in S&T policy?

Related Public Policy Courses:

This series of workshops on science and technology (S&T) policy will enhance your understanding and analysis skills that can enhance your ability and eligibility for policy-related fellowships, positions and promotions.  For those already in policy-related positions, they will enhance the analytical tools you have to address both the needs of your programs and asses the programs your organization funds.

You will receive a digital badge for each class and an additional digital badge if you complete all workshops in the series.  This digital badge can be placed on your LinkedIn profile, personal webpage, and resume/CV.

The workshops will be taught by Dr. Deborah D. Stine, who has conducted public policy analysis for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Congressional Research Service; the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Carnegie Mellon University. She is the founder and chief instructor for the Science & Technology Policy Academy.

The level for each workshop is provided below. The higher the level, the more analytical the course.

April 27 - 28, 2021 - PPL 074 | Program Evaluation for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals (Level 4)
May 18-19, 2021 - PPOL 073 | Public Policy Analytical Methods for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals: Understanding and Evaluating Benefit-Cost, Cost-Effectiveness, and Risk Analysis (Level 3)
July 27-28, 2021 - PPOL 072 | Public Policy Analysis for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals: A Systematic Process for Analyzing and Developing Policy Options to Respond to Societal Challenges (Level 2)


Register for all 4 workshops and receive a bundle deal, available until April 19, 2021!

Discounted training rates to register for all four workshops (PPOL 071-074)

$3,020.00 -> $2,750.00 - NIH Community (Trainees, Employees, Contractors, Volunteers, etc.)

$3,340.00 -> $2,875.00 - Academia, US Government, US Military

$3,700.00 -> $3,000.00 - General

Technology Fee
$240.00 -> $200.00 ($50.00/course)

Register for Public Policy Bundle

*If you cancel one (or more) of the workshops, your tuition will be calculated based on the individual tuition rates below.


Training rates to register for a single workshop individually (PPOL 071-074)

$755.00 - NIH Community (Trainees, Employees, Contractors, Volunteers, etc.)

$835.00 - Academia, US Government, US Military

$925.00 - General

Technology Fee

Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours.   One CEU is equal to ten contact hours. Upon completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 1.4 CEUs.

Refund Policy

100% tuition refund for registrations cancelled 14 or more calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.

50% tuition refund for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 calendar days prior to the start of the workshop.

No refund will be issued for registrations cancelled 3 calendar days or less prior to the start of the workshop.


All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Ms. Carline Coote at

Cancellations received after 4:00 pm (ET) on business days or received on non-business days are time marked for the following business day.

All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.

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