Policy in Action Program

The Policy in Action Program is designed to give fellows a sneak peek into the policymaking process. In each program city, promising candidates are carefully selected, trained and mentored over a period of 5 weeks to explore the fundamentals of policymaking and apply the learning to real-life policy problems. Fellows work on pressing issues currently being researched or advocated for by lawmakers and government agencies. The program is open to young professionals and students between 18 and 30 years of age.
 


 

Schedule

The program is a mix of intense weekend classroom sessions and month long live projects for policymakers. Participants are divided into teams on the first weekend and tasked to work on specific projects. Team meet-ups serve as regular check-ins with facilitators for guidance on direction and pace. The sessions are facilitated by the YLAC team, including the founders. You can view their profile here.

 

Theme India’s governance structure/ Engaging with policymakers
Weekend 1
(Saturday)

10AM – 6PM

Session 1:

1. The policymaking apparatus in India

2. India’s federalism – design and implications

 

Session 2:

1. The Indian Parliament

2. How a Bill becomes a Law

3. Engaging with the lawmaking process

 

Session 3:

1. Introduction to live projects

2. Allocation of teams

 

Session 4:

1. Interaction with a policymaker

Theme Policy analysis/ advocacy
Weekend 1
(Sunday)

10AM – 6PM

Session 5:

1. Structured approach to deconstructing problems

2. Economic foundations of policy

 

Session 6:

1. Advocating for a cause/ developing effective campaigns

 

Session 7:

1. Writing effective briefs for policymakers

Theme Team meet-ups/ project work
Weekend 2
(Sunday)

2PM – 7PM

Session 8:

1. Designing policies for better implementation

 

Session 9:

1. Teams discuss their project plans with facilitators

Theme The power of data and effective communication
Weekend 3
(Sunday)

10AM – 6PM

Session 10:

1. Using evidence/ data to design policy and get traction

 

Session 11:

1. Building a powerful public narrative

2. Championing a cause

 

Session 12:

1. External speaker

Theme Team meet-ups/ project work
Weekend 4
(Sunday)

2PM – 7PM

Session 13:

1. Behavioural economics

 

Session 14:

1. Teams discuss their draft project submissions with facilitators

Theme Closing speaker & project presentations
Weekend 5
(Saturday)

2PM – 7PM

Session 15:

1. Project presentations and feedback

 

Session 16:

1. External speaker

Theme Careers in policy & project presentations
Weekend 5
(Sunday)

2PM – 7PM

Session 17:

1. Project presentations and feedback

 

Session 18:

1. Careers in public policy

Program ends