Policy in Action Program

Project Work

 
The Policy in Action Program is designed as a short, but rigorous program. It rests on the philosophy that learning by doing is the best way to internalize material. While the sessions impart training in policy research, analysis and advocacy, a large part of the learning comes through the work on live projects.

Projects are sourced from policymakers (Members of Parliament, Members of State Legislatures, Ministries and Government Departments as well as Institutions such as NITI Aayog) and focus on policy problems that their offices are engaging with. Typically, a team of 4-6 fellows is tasked to work on one project. Fellows are expected to undertake research and/ or develop powerful narratives to support the policymaker in addressing the identified problems. The final output is either a policy brief and/ or advocacy material.

Projects usually get finalized a week before sessions begin. Details of projects from the previous editions of the program can be accessed here.


Methodology

The Policy in Action Program is a month long engagement. A majority of fellows in the cohort are either full time working professionals or students enrolled in universities. Given the constraints on time, fellows are not expected to undertake any primary research or on-ground mobilization. Instead, they are expected to rely on existing literature, data sources and consultations with stakeholders/ experts for their analysis. In terms of advocacy, they are expected to draft opinion pieces and craft strategies to build support for the proposed policy solutions.


Time Commitment

During the course of the program, each project group is required to make multiple submissions, starting with their project plan, followed by the draft and revised submissions. All submissions are jointly prepared by the team of fellows working on the project.

On average, a fellow is expected to commit a minimum of 12-15 hours per week, outside the classroom sessions, to their project. We realize that the program month can get a little busy along with other work and/ or university commitments. Having said that, most fellows in the program are young professionals and they are able to juggle different responsibilities during the month. The program might stretch you in terms of bandwidth, but it can be super rewarding if you put in the effort!


Evaluation & Requirements for Graduation

Attendance at the program sessions is mandatory and all project work is tightly managed and supervised to control for quality. Each submission is assessed by YLAC and its panel of experts, and teams are provided detailed feedback and guidance.

To enable tight engagement and to ensure quality output, we follow an objective points system at the program. Each fellow’s participation, including attendance, and contribution to the project is individually monitored as well as peer-evaluated by their team members and is an important determinant for graduation from the program. Specifics about the project process as well as the points system are shared on the first weekend.