Each team may seek assistance from faculty and from other experts related to policy analysis methods and/or the specific Challenge topic. Such outside input should be referenced in the written presentation.
The presentations prepared by the team must represent work conducted by the team using its skills and abilities. The team should expect to be asked questions regarding its policy analysis methods by the panel of judges, and be able to respond knowledgeably to those questions.
Each team shall prepare a written presentation of its analysis and policy solutions in advance of participating in a regional Challenge. The written presentations will be supplied to the judges in advance and must be submitted to Policy Solutions Challenge USA by no later than 7 days in advance of a regional Challenge.
A written presentation may be no longer than 10 pages of single-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point text with 1" margins all around (limit does not include a title page). All key exhibits (tables, figures, charts, graphs) and all substantive footnotes must be included in the body of the written presentation and count toward the 10 page limit. Bibliographic references may be appended at the back and do not count toward the limit.
Teams will be allowed to revise the written presentations during the stages of the Challenge.
A final versions of the written presentation must be submitted to Policy Solutions Challenge USA by no later than one week after the conclusion of each stage of the Challenge in which a team participates.
Team members may retain copyright on the written presentation but will be asked to sign a release form granting Policy Solutions Challenge USA rights of fair use and dissemination.
The oral presentations may be made by any members of each team, at the discretion of each team.
Oral presentations by each team must be no longer than 15 minutes. Each presentation will be halted at 15 minutes if it has not concluded by the time limit.
Oral presentations may be accompanied by no more than 10 slides, not including a title slide or an acknowledgements slide. The slides are expected mostly to contain the key exhibits (tables, figures, charts, graphs) that sustain the analysis and support policy solutions.
The judges shall have 15 minutes at the conclusion of each presentation to ask a few questions of the team. Additional input will be offered by the judges in writing at the conclusion both of the initial private presentation and of the subsequent public presentation.
Teams will be allowed to revise the oral presentations during the stages of the Challenge.
Team members may retain copyright on the oral presentation but will be asked to sign a release form granting Policy Solutions Challenge USA rights of fair use and dissemination.