The International Policy Summer Institute (IPSI) is a weeklong professional development program for professors of 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 policymakers 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.