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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

July 27, 2021 to July 28, 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.​


Policy analysis provides a systematic process to analyze public policy options to respond to a societal challenge such as COVID-19, climate change, and homelessness.  It involves identifying the underlying problem, key decision makers, stakeholders, policy question, and policy options.  These options are then analyzed to identify which is likely to be the most effective, efficient, equitable, and ease of political acceptability.  Once that analysis is concluded, the analyst makes a recommendation based on those criteria.  The analyst then communicates the results to policymakers and the public.  

Educational Outcomes

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

What policy analysis is and why it is important

The eight-step process to do a public policy analysis based on the 4Es (effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and ease of political acceptability)

An overview of ways to communicate that message through 1-pagers, op-eds, presentations, videos, and infographics.


Day 1

  • What is policy analysis and why is it important?
  • Eight step process to do a public policy analysis
  • Step 1.  Define the problem in the form of a question
  • Step 2. Assemble some evidence
  • Step 3. Construct the Alternatives

Day 2

  • Step 4. Analyze the Alternatives based on the 4E Criteria (Effectiveness, Efficiency, Equity, Ease of Political Acceptability)
  • Step 5: Project the Outcomes
  • Step 6: Confront the Tradeoffs
  • Step 7:  Decide
  • Step 8. Tell Your Story

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)
June 22-23, 2021 - PPOL 071 | The Role of the White House, Congress, Federal Agencies, and Judiciary in Science & Technology Policy (Level 1)


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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