2015 Spring MPP Capstone, Tuesday Session

George Washington University
Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Spring 2015

Syllabus available at http://home.gwu.edu/~lfbrooks/leahweb/teaching/capstone/2015/spring2015_capstone_brooks.html

Key Dates

ASAP: Client letter of agreement for instructor approval
February 10: Capstone project plan
February 24: Presentation of plan
March 3: Draft literature review
March 17: Team efficacy survey
March 31: MPP program feedback
April 7: Draft report with summary of findings*
April 21: Final GW presentation*
May: Final report and presentation for client

* Both of these differ from the original syllabus.

Course Logistics

Full-class meetings
Phillips Hall, Room 110
Selected Tuesdays, 6:10 to 8 pm

Group meetings with instructor and research advisors
Tuesdays: 1/20, 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14
5 to 6 pm: MPA 601Z
6 to 8 pm: MPA 622 (with the exception of 3/17, when we will meet in 601F)

Group schedule
With Brooks and Baker, MPA 601Z
5 to 5:30: Rockey IV
5:30 to 6: NVRC
With Brooks and Palmer, MPA 622
6 to 6:30: Blue Team
6:30 to 7: PP Team
7 to 7:30: Rigby's Allstars
7:30 to 8: Standard Deviants

Final presentations, April 21, 6 to 9 pm
Funger 108

Contacting Us

Professor: Leah Brooks
Office hours: Tuesdays, 3 to 5 pm. Use the scheduler.
202-994-4703, lfbrooks at gwu dot edu
Contact policy: I will return emails within 24 hours on weekdays, and on the nearest weekday on weekends. If you don't hear from me within 24 hours, please assume that the email has been lost and re-contact me. If you need to see me outside of our scheduled weekly slot, please send me an email. I strongly prefer that you do not drop by.

Research Advisor: Ashley Palmer
614-551-9907, apalm04 at gmail dot com
Contact policy: Please email Ashley with the questions you have as you work on your project. She wants to hear from you, and will respond within 24 hours. Please DO NOT CALL HER unless you have already emailed about your issue, 24 hours have passed, and she has not responded to your email. Ashley will be on her honeymoon and entirely unavailable between Friday, February 27th and Monday, March 16th. She will be back on email Tuesday, March 17th and available for consultation.

Research Advisor: Ryan Baker
801-815-4135, rtbaker at gwu dot edu
Contact policy: Email is the most reliable way to get in touch with me. I will return emails within 24 hours on weekdays, and on the nearest weekday on weekends. If you don't hear from me within 24 hours, please re-contact me. You may call me anytime on Tuesdays, or if I fail to reply to your email within 24 hours.


With the exception of the schedule changes noted above, and submissions by dropbox rather than email, the syllabus is your bible for this course. Please consult the syllabus first before emailing with questions.

Submission Instructions

I will set up google drive folders for each group. Please submit all work to the relevant folder. Please do not submit assignments by email.

Lecture Notes