About Ford+SPPG

 

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The Ford+SPPG Conference is an annual student-led policy conference among students at the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (the Ford School), one of America’s premier public policy institutions. Held in the Winter/Spring (Ford/SPPG) semester, the event brings together students from both schools in a team-based learning environment where they are challenged to analyze, evaluate, and present key findings related to a current policy issue facing both sides of the border. It’s a great opportunity to further your understanding of multi-stakeholder and cross-border policy collaboration and implementation – and have fun in the process!   At the conclusion of the weekend, a panel of faculty judges will select the best proposal.

Organized as a case competition, Ford+SPPG aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Develops a policy student’s problem solving capabilities through a vehicle that is uncommon in policy programs;
  • Allows for Ford and SPPG students to interact in a more intimate setting;
  • Acts as an exercise rooted in developing teamwork and presentation skills;
Students are placed into case teams ahead of time, and each team will feature a mix of Ford and SPPG students.  No preparation is necessary leading up to the conferences.
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