IPSI is a weeklong professional development program for professors (all ranks) and post-docs in the field of international affairs who want to build the tools and networks to produce and disseminate policy-relevant academic research.
The Institute delivers an intensive curriculum designed to teach participants how to develop and articulate their research for a policy audience, what policy-makers are looking for when they look to IR scholarship, whom to target when sharing research, and which tools and avenues of dissemination are appropriate. IPSI also provides a forum for scholars to develop professional networks with their colleagues and with the broader policy community.
Sessions are facilitated by senior faculty and are held in various formats, including:
- Workshops with executive branch and congressional policymakers, interest groups, NGOs, academics, and think tank researchers, focusing on policy processes and the roles that academic research can play within them;
- Colloquia with international affairs scholars who have successfully engaged in policy debates;
- Interactive communications and media training, including discussions with publishers, journalists, and new media experts;
- Hands-on workshops to develop dissemination and influence strategies, using live research material;
- Network-building opportunities with policy-makers and fellow scholars.