Policy Analysis and Management (PAM)
A major for students interested in current and pressing public policy issues in America
PAM has many strengths as a department including content knowledge experts in a variety of fields. However, the most valuable element of my education was not the specific content knowledge, but the problem-solving framework instilled in nearly every class. In my role, I am typically making decisions with little to no precedent. An ability to analyze and conceptualize new problems and anticipate consequences is essential. My first exposure to this type of thinking came in my PAM classes.
Our Research Programs
The following centers and programs are administered through the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, or have a strong affiliation with one of our
faculty members as a principal researcher or Director.
Exploring and Shaping Public Policy
by Rosemary Avery
PAM faculty conduct rigorous, applied research on policy-relevant topics and use the results of their work to inform the formulation, implementation and management of policies and programs at the local, state and national levels. We seek to contribute to the well-being of citizens by applying knowledge gained through careful research studies to address real challenges in our communities.