The George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) serves as a university-wide center for faculty and graduate students engaging in research on important public policy issues. GWIPP is a stand-alone unit reporting directly to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs through the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. The Center for Washington Area Studies (CWAS) and the State and Local Fiscal Policy Research Program (SLFP) are housed within GWIPP.
GWIPP assists university faculty in preparing research proposals and budgets, as well as managing funded public policy projects. GWIPP staff, associate faculty, and graduate students pursue a wide range of public policy research projects.
Additionally, GWIPP sponsors the Policy Research Scholars Program. This program, through a competitive process, provides support for faculty scholars writing proposals. GWIPP also sponsors a series of events, including public policy research methods workshops, brown-bag lunch discussions amongst Policy Research Scholars, and other talks and conferences. Many of these are co-sponsored by other policy units in the university.
GWIPP coordinates closely with the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) which offers a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration, a Master's of Public Policy, and a Master's of Public Administration.
GWIPP's Internal Steering Committee provides guidance for GWIPP and its operations. GWIPP's External Advisory Committee helps connect the research capabilities of GWIPP with policy issues so that careful policy research and evaluation can effectively inform the policy process.
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GWIPP sponsors a Public Policy Research Methods Workshop series each academic year. These workshops are intended to introduce faculty and graduate students to research methods relevant to public policy research. GWIPP also occasionally co-sponsors policy research events with other academic units throughout the university. If you would like to be notified of upcoming GWIPP events, please sign up for the GWIPP listserv.