William and Mary

Client-Driven Student Research Projects

PRS PosterThe Policy Research Seminar (PRS) is a one-semester research and writing intensive "real world" experience for second-year students. Small teams of students complete client-driven policy analysis projects. The PRS allows students to hone their skills in implementing the analytic tools of policy research and, importantly, in communicating their results to policymakers. Teams present intermediate results to each other and make one or more presentations to their clients. PRS students also share their work with the program's board members at the annual Board of Advisor meeting held each fall semester. (view photos here).

2013 Policy Research Seminar

Associated Equipment Distributors
State Infrastructure Investment Analysis

Measuring AidData's Policy Impact

Beyond Boobs
Estimating and Communicating the Benefits of Beyond Boobs' Programs

Joint Legislative and Audit Review Commission
Comparing Virginia's Public Research Universities to Leading Private Research Universities

Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic
Regulatory Fidelity:  Wetlands Management in Virginia

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
Estimating the Return on Investment for the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools

2012 Policy Research Seminar

Alternative Concepts for Medicaid Program Sustainability through State Reform and Financing Redesign

Associated Equipment Distributors
Impact of Fuel Usage Trends on Federal Surface Transportation Investment Resources

Developing an Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Plan for Blueseed

Joint Legislative and Audit Review Commission
The Use of Age-Based Investment Portfolios in the Virginia Retirement System and the Virginia College Savings Plan

Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic
Estimating the Value of Benefits Provided by the Lewis B. Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic

The Nature Conservancy
Tracking Healthy Waters Protections in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

 Virginia Advances Studies Strategies
Further Evaluation of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentives Program

2011 Policy Research Seminar
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee

Evaluating the impact of economic development grants

Associated Equipment Distributors
Infrastructure spending impacts on future tax revenues

National Library of Medicine
Optimal public expenditure on new bioinformatics PhDs

The Nature Conservancy
Public funding of land acquisitions in Virginia

Virginia Advanced Study Strategies
Outcomes-based evaluation of teacher training

Amerigroup, Inc.
Basic Health Programs:  Implications for Concordant Family Insurance Coverage

2010 Policy Research Seminar
Division of Parks and Recreation, James City County, VA
The Economic Impact of Parks and Recreational Facilities in James City County

Air Combat Command, United States Air Force
Use of Federal Land for Renewable Energy Development and National Defense

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
The Policy Effectiveness of Tax Preferences in Virginia

Williamsburg Community Health Foundation and Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
Design, Fielding and Analysis of School-Based Surveys on Health Behaviors

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
Best Practices in Evaluating the Impact of Agriculture Projects in Developing Countries

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Prosecution of Medicaid Fraud in Virginia 

2009 Policy Research Seminar

World Bank
An Analysis of the European Union's Emission Trading System

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
A Profile of Immigrants in Virginia's Economy

Rita Welsh Adult Literacy Program (RWALP)
What is the Economic Impact of Adult Literacy Programs of the Type Offered at RWALP:  Focus on Employment, Income, Poverty, and Health Outcomes

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
What are the Economic Impacts of Requiring the Virginia Treasury to Place Treasury-Managed Funds with In-State versus Out-of-State Financial Institutions

Urban Institute
Foreclosures, Minorities, and Immigrants in Prince William County, Virginia

Williamsburg City Education Review Committee (WCERC)
are Plausible Models for Moving the School Students (K-12) from the Combined Williamsburg-James City County School Division to an Independent City of Williamsburg Approach (powerpoint presentation)

Office of Economic Development at the College of William & Mary
A Benefit-Cost Analysis of the Provision of a Year-Round Free Clinic in Petersburg, Virginia (powerpoint presentation)

Alliance for the Family (AFF) (a non-profit organization)
The Impact of Character Education in Latin America

2008 Policy Research Seminar

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Program Analysis and Evaluation
Analyzing the Transportation Security Administration "9-11 Fees" 

Senate Finance Committee, Virginia General Assembly
Early Impact and Budget Analysis of Virginia's New Mental Health System

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health
Measuring Return on Investment from National Medical and Behavioral Research

Virginia's Gateway Region: Economic Development Organization (VGR)
Statewide Analysis of the Effectiveness of Regional Economic Development Activities

A Voice for Virginia's Children
Virginia's Voices of Children's Budget Proposal

2007 Policy Research Seminar

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
Proposal for Policy Research Seminar: Best Practices in Technical and Vocational Education Programs

Virginia House Appropriations Committee
Legislative options for improving access to physician care for medicaid recipients

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
What is a "normally expected" mortality rate for children with emotional or behavioral disturbances in Virginia residential facilities?

National Govenors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA)
State policies to promote and support rural entrepreneurship

Project on National Security Reform (PNSR)
What lessons can be learned from prior attempts at National Security Reform in the United States?

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
The economic impacts of recycling in Virginia

MITRE Corporation
How government redirects its efforts to improve effectiveness

Virginia State Crime Commission (VSCC)
Effectiveness of available juvenile services across the Commonwealth of Virginia (both public and private)
Which programs are the most cost-effective programs and which boast the lowest recidivisim rates?

2006 Policy Research Seminar

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
The state of working Virginia

Office of Public Health and Science, US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
An Empirical Review and Policy Analysis of Disease Prevention and Health

Senate Finance Committee, Virginia General Assembly
Policy and Budget Analysis of  Virginia's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)
EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Nanoscale Materials Research Needs Review

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
The Impact of Regulations on Virginia's Manufacturing Sector: How Good are Estimates Derived from Examining Differences in Economic Levels Across Countries

York County Office of Economic Development
Defining and Creating a Business-Friendly Community:  Evaluating York County's Business Environment

2005 Policy Research Seminar

CARE USA - Policy and Advocacy Unit
Mapping the Humanitarian Policy Landscape

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Tracking Lottery Sales and Education Distributions in Virginia

House Appropriations Committe, Virginia General Assembly
Factors Driving the Cost of Residential Services in the Comprehensive Services Act Program:  What are Alternatives to Control Costs and Serve Children in the Most Effective Treatment Setting

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
What Is a Living Wage in Virginia

Children's Services, County of York
Early Childhood Behavior Interventions - What Works

National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM)
Project Green:  Linking Environmentally-Friendly Business Practices to Public Policy

2004 Policy Research Seminar

Ernst & Young Quantitative Economics and State Practice
Benefit-Cost Analysis of Rails-to-Trails Investment

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
Why Doesn't Virginia Have More Nurses:  Changes in Faculty Funding, Curriculum and Credit Requirements Needed

Senate Finance Committee, Virginia General Assembly
Serving Foster Children at the Local Level:  Best Practices and Investment Results

The Office of Comprehensive Services (CSA)
An Empirical Analysis of Local Government Utilization Management Under the Virginia Comprehensive Services Act

Partnership for Public Service
Public Attitudes About Government and Government Workers

IBM Global Services
Issues in Evaluating Projects for the Millennium Challenge Corporation

2003 Policy Research Seminar

Virginia State Crime Commission
Prosecutorial Services in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia Department of Health
Evaluate Proposed Modifications to the Isolation and Quarantine Statutes in Virginia to Enhance the Public Health Response to Large Scale Disease Outbreaks

Partnership for Public Service
Who is Being Hired in the Federal Government

The Office of Comprehensive Services
A Gap Analysis of Local Government Utilization Management Under the Virginia Comprehensive Services Act

Hampton Health District
Evaluation of Hampton's Healthy Families Partnership Programs

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Projecting Future Benefits Paid and Future Balances of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

2002 Policy Research Seminar

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Formula-Driven Spending in the State Budget

Employment Policy Foundation
Is Phased Retirement a Viable Approach for Extending Labor Force Participation of Skilled and Experienced Older Workers

Arthritis Foundation, Virginia Chapter
Arthritis Care in Managed Care Populations

National Institute of Justice (NIJ), U.S. Department of Justice
Benefit Cost Analysis of the Collection of DNA Evidence in Reported Rape/Sexual Assault Cases

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Virginia State Agency Use of Performance Measures

2001 Policy Research Seminar

RAND Corporation
The History and Impact of Several Research and Development (R&D) Programs Supported by Various Federal Agencies - Selected Case Studies

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
Assessing Critical Labor Shortages in Virginia

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Virginia State Agency Use of Performance Measures

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Why do Localities with Higher Population Density Tend to Spend More

Virginia State Crime Commission (VSCC)
Study of Indigent Defense in the Commonwealth of Virginia

RAND Corporation
The Federal Government's R&D Investment and the American Aerospace Industry

2000 Policy Research Seminar

U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
Review and Evaluation of the Work of National Commissions on Economic and Budgetary Issues

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Likelihood of Different Types of Economic Downturns Occurring

Virginia State Crime Commission
Decision-Making in the Criminal Justice System

National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
The Information Technology Workforce Gap: An Analysis of the United States and India

AGATE Alliance Association, Inc. (AAAI) and NASA Langley Research Center
The Development of the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) Public Policy Implications at Federal, State, and Local Levels

1999 Policy Research Seminar

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Analysis of Factors Determining and Consequences of Vacant Properties in U.S. Cities

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Forecasting Enrollment and Expenditure Needs for K-12 Education in Virginia

Modeling Changes in Procurement Practices for the U.S. Mint Under New Federal Regulations

1998 Policy Research Seminar

Virginia State Crime Commission
Analysis of School Safety in Virginia

Arlington County
Assessing Welfare Reform in Arlington County, Virginia

Office of Human Services ISSI, Inc.
Evaluating the Redevelopment of Superfund Sites

Telehealth: Business Case, Social Good, and Government Programs

Virginia State Crime Commission
An Analysis of Wireline and Wireless 911, E-911 Systems, and the #77 Service

1997 Policy Research Seminar

York County
An Analysis of Unmet Health Needs in York County, Virginia

Ameritech of Illinois
Evaluation of Several Aspects of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as it Applies to Competition, Pricing, and Market Share Issues for Ameritech

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Pay Equity Among State Classified Employees

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Survey of State Cabinet System Structure

Policy Issues Related to Housing of Military Service Members

Urban Institute
Policies to Protect Victims of Threats, Harassment, and Stalking by Domestic Partners

1996 Policy Research Seminar

Virginia Health Care Foundation
Evaluation of the Free (Dental) Clinic of the New River Valley

City of Hampton
City of Hampton: Building a Healthy Neighborhood Asset Index

Council of Governors' Policy Advisors
Private Sector Prison Industries: A Report to the States

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Legislative Program Evaluation:Survey of Analytical Methodologies and Tools

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
The Effects of Truth-in-Sentencing on Admissions to Virginia State Prisons

Olde Towne Medical Center
The Proper Patient Mix for the Olde Towne Medical Center: A Menu of Policy Options

Virginia Health Care Foundation
Nelson County Rural Health Outreach Program Evaluation

1995 Policy Research Seminar

Virginia Power Company
Analysis of Virginia Power's Corporate Giving Program in Light of a Changing Regulatory Environment

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Forecasting State Indebtedness

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Development of an Alternative Method for Forecasting Needs for Juvenile Prison Space

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Impact of Social Security Reform Proposals on the Virginia Retirement System

National Center for State Courts
Impact of Tort Reform Proposals

1994 Policy Research Seminar

Williamsburg Child Care Center
Analysis of the Future Viability of the Williamsburg Child Care Center

City of Norfolk
Helped the City's financial planning bureau develop a financial plan

James City County
Analyzed new regulations regarding "open space" in James City County in regard to land use policy.