Policy Solutions Challenge USA is a national competition among teams of students from U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to develop innovative solutions to the most important policy problems facing the country. These students represent the next generation of skilled policy analysts, prepared by the schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to draw upon the tools of economics, statistics, political science, organizational management and law to design new responses to the difficult issues confronting federal, state and local governments. If the U.S. is to thrive in the 21st century, these professionally trained policy analysts must contribute actively to shaping public policy.
Every year, the teams will present their analyses and recommendations regarding the same topic at regional Challenges located across the U.S. At each regional, a panel of professional policy analysts will judge the teams and select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finalists. The 1st place teams will be invited to participate in the National Challenge to be held March 21-22, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Policy Solutions Challenge USA will be presenting the recommendations from all the teams to key decisions makers in government to encourage consideration of the new approaches developed by the students. Those recommendations will be posted on this website as the Challenge progresses from the regionals to the national competition.
The Next National Champion Will Be Crowned on March 22, 2014!
Sponsors of the 2014 Challenge:
Congratulations to the 2013 Challenge Champion, University of Wisconsin La Follette School of Public Affairs!
The team from the La Follette School earned first place at the national finals of the 2013 Challenge, March 22-23 at American University in Washington, DC.
Shown left to right: Jiaqi Lu, Norma-Jean Simon, Selina Eadie, Miriam Palmer and Andrew Walsh. Faculty adviser (not shown): Professor David Weimer.