Professor John Sides of George Washington University is launching a new line of research examining the broken politics of U.S. fiscal policy to ascertain what aspects of the policymaking process are broken and what can be done to address them. He will test hypotheses in part through a public opinion survey to assess the extent to which citizens grasp fiscal issues and then whether the citizens’ voting behavior is driven by a desire to hold elected representatives responsible for fiscal stewardship. He will also interview elite policymakers in Washington to get a top-down set of perspectives to complement the bottom-up views offered via the survey process. This research will complement work the foundation is funding to explore longer-run changes to the federal budget process.
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for a project to support a more representative American foreign policy
The Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University hosts the Generations Dialogue Project, which aims to increase the number of underrepresented youth who pursue and succeed in American foreign policy careers by connecting young people with individuals who blazed a trail in American foreign policy and international affairs. The grant seeks to increase the number of participating high school students who pursue university study related to international affairs; increase the number of participating undergraduate students who pursue graduate study related to international affairs; create for all participants an informational and support network for careers in international affairs; and demonstrate a model for generating pipelines of underrepresented groups and supporting them to undertake successful American foreign policy careers.
for the Center on Education Policy
The Center on Education Policy (CEP)--founded by Jack Jennings and now housed at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development--is a national, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools. The Center's mission is to help Americans better understand the role of public education in a democracy and the need to improve the academic quality of public schools. CEP supports its mission by conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analysis on the implementation of education programs and policies and how they impact public education. CEP proposes a one-year project to convene the most significant researchers currently studying implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), along with several funders and a select group of policymakers and other constituency organizations, and to produce a report through a process that ensures that the many researchers that are involved in studying the impact of the CCSS are aware of one another’s efforts and consider opportunities for partnership and collaboration when appropriate, and that fosters interaction between researchers and policy and advocacy groups that are supporting the CCSS to ensure there is alignment between research agendas and policy goals.
for support of measurement of progress toward the post-2015 development goals
This grant would enable George Washington University’s Institute for International Economic Policy to develop and demonstrate a way to measure progress toward the post-2015 development goals that reflects achievements across multiple sectors and levels (global, national, subnational, and household). Within this framework, this grant would also enable the researchers to develop a multidimensional measure of women’s economic empowerment. The goal of this grant is to establish a measurement method that programs and researchers can use to improve understanding of women’s economic empowerment and make program efforts more effective across multiple sectors.