Today’s Issues…Tomorrow’s Opportunities
By combining Biblical principles, critical analysis, and best practices. The Public Policy Institute is poised to serve as a catalyst for inquiry, ideas, and equipping for the public sector from a Christian perspective. In collaboration with the Public Policy Department, William Jessup University and the policy community, the Public Policy Institute develops and strengthens the knowledge, leadership, and effectiveness of public sector professionals and community members and serves as a community resource while modeling Christ-centered excellence. Through intelligence, innovation and initiative, the Public Policy Institute can help transform today’s issues into tomorrow’s opportunities.
The Public Policy institute at William Jessup University is dedicated to equipping leaders to transform the public sector. By providing Christ-centered, exceptional research, leadership training, and policy support, the Public Policy Institute will create opportunities and synergies for intelligence, innovation, and initiative. The Public Policy Institute primarily serves as a policy "think tank" and leadership training center that allows students, post-graduates, and professionals to engage in advanced policy research and writing as well as professional seminars and workshops. The Public Policy Institute's purposes include:
…to Transform the Public Sector
Intelligence. Innovation. Initiative.
The Public Policy Institute is focused on providing and developing intelligence, innovation, and initiative in and through its programs and projects.
A. Research Projects
The Public Policy Institute conducts cutting edge research and writing on critical policy issues. This work is designed not only to analyze issues but also to identify trends and opportunities. In the 2011-2012 academic year, the Institute pursued studies related to trends within Muslim/Christian relations resulting in a journal article; Principles for Christian Leadership in the Marketplace which developed into the book Bold Leadership, Biblical Principles for Marketplace Impact by Senior Fellow Dr. Merlin Switzer as well as a follow-up workbook which is coming soon; implications of federal regulatory policy for local and state government that will be part of our own policy journal; strategies to address the critical issues of education in California to be presented at a roundtable with education leader; and the impact of California law and policy on business development and job opportunities.
B. Continuing Education and Materials
The Public Policy Institute is organizing a series of high quality, high impact continuing education seminars and workshops for both professionals and the broader community. By providing continuing education units and educational materials, the Public Policy Institute can provide professional development opportunities for community members to hone their knowledge and skills. Continuing education seminars for 2011-2012 include “Why Christians Should Care about Islam,” as well as our Leadership for Impact event which celebrated the release of Bold Leadership: Biblical Principles for Marketplace Impact. The Public Policy Institute will also provide web-based and other online resources, DVD/print materials, and other supplements to these continuing education seminars.
C. Community Consulting Services
The Public Policy Institute through its Staff and Senior Fellows also will serve as an expert resource to the community through a range of consulting services including strategic planning, leadership & management training, team building, grassroots & volunteer organizing, policy analysis, field/impact/feasibility studies, organizational workshops, and event coordination/support. By providing such services based on the expertise and availability of staff and Senior Fellows, the Public Policy Institute is positioned to serve as a valuable resource to the policy and broader community.