Student Work

Please find a sampling of student capstone projects completed in the Policy Studies program. Keep in mind these represent a range of topic, scale, and depth and are meant to serve as an example of the type of work our students do. The majority of capstone projects are available through the UW Library and you can find a full capstone listing online organized by policy arena. 

Sample Policy Studies Capstones

Tosin Dada, 2015
Why can’t I have an Orange? Public-Private Sector Policy and Fresh Produce Production in Nigeria

David Doyle, 2015
Open Government Data: An Analysis of the Potential Impacts of an Open Data Law for Washington State

Stephanie Hughes, 2015
What are the Critical Indicators of Effectiveness of a VGAL? An Evaluation of the Snohomish County Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Program

Elizabeth Theaker, 2015
Reframing "Pedophile" to Combat Child Sexual Abuse: A Content Analysis of Public Response to Luke Malone's "Help Wanted"

Melissa Watkinson, 2015
Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation: Identifying the Impact of Fractionated Land for a Coastal Community

Laurie Tuff, 2014
Court Appointed Special Advocates: Is their impact effectively evaluated by current research methodology?

Michael Irons, 2013
Promising Artists in Recovery Program Evaluation

Jason Malinowski, 2013
Campaign Spending in City Council Elections: A Comparison of At-Large and District Contests

Mariah Chrystal, 2010
Collaborative Social Change: A Transformational Approach

Brandon Mayfield, 2010
A Qualitative Analysis of Digital Literacy and TechREACH Program’s Curriculum Training and Implementation

Jefferson Ketchel, 2008
Information Asymmetry as a Market Failure: Household Chemical Labeling and Children's Health