Humphrey School News—December 9, 2015

Humphrey School Announces Humphrey Public Policy Challenge

An opportunity for students to transform ideas into action

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is hosting the Humphrey School Public Policy Challenge, an interdisciplinary competition among Minnesota graduate student teams proposing solutions to public problems in Minnesota. The winning team will advance to represent the Humphrey School at the 2016 National Public Policy Challenge sponsored by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.

The competition is open to all graduate students attending Minnesota institutions; however teams are required to include at least one Humphrey School student. Eligible teams will consist of three to five students. In preparing for this competition, interested students are invited to attend one of two information and team formation sessions December 17, 2015, and January 7, 2016 at the Humphrey School

The competition is an opportunity for students to transform their ideas into action, by collaborating on a team to address a major public policy issue in Minnesota. Guided by workshops and mentors, teams will develop research-based policy solution, and package it with a marketing campaign. Workshops will assist with campaign planning, budgeting, and finance. With step by step resources, feedback, and collaboration, the Humphrey Challenge will prepare the best team for the national competition. Humphrey school faculty and staff will assist teams with each step of the process, ensuring the greatest chance of success!

The winning team will represent Humphrey School March 19–20, 2016, at the National Public Policy Challenge in Philadelphia. The winning team at the national competition receives $10,000 toward implementation of the proposed solution and semi-finalists receive $5,000.


Are you interested in entering a project in the Public Policy Challenge, either working solo or in a team? Tell us about your plans, connect with other students, and get more information by completing this short (five-minute) survey.


  • Information and team formation gatherings: December 17, 2015 and January 7, 2016, 4 – 6 p.m., HHH Room 180
  • Workshop #1: Problem development and policy solutions, January 8, 2016
  • Workshop #2: Methods for campaign plan, influence mapping, funding, and budget, January 15, 2016
  • Workshop #3: Methods for campaign plan, influence mapping, funding, and budget: January 29, 2016
  • Workshop #4: Peer review and 5-minute pitch, February 5, 2016
  • Draft Proposal: February 12, 2016 Workshop #5: Practicing your presentation, TBD late February
  • Humphrey Challenge: February 19–20, 2016, details TBD
  • National Public Policy Challenge: March 18—20, 2016 Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania

Important dates for the national competition include three deliverables:

  1. Executive Summary: Due February 24, 2016
  2. Proposal: Due March 11, 2016
  3. Powerpoint or Prezi Presentation: Due March 18, 2016 
  4. The Humphrey Public Policy Challenge is scheduled for February 19–20, 2016. T

For more information about the national competition, and to view past examples of deliverables, visit the Fels Institute of Government’s website. Direct inquiries about the Minnesota competition to Steve Kelley,, or 612-626-6629. 

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