College of Arts and Sciences
Institute of Public Service

Policy Incubator Competition

  • The Institute of Public Service is committed to educating working professionals for positions of leadership and responsibility in public service.  Through the Policy Incubator Competition, students can apply the practical and theoretical knowledge gained in their programs to public policy challenges currently facing our state and local governments.  The goal of this competition is to demonstrate an understanding of key problems in our region, and propose new, innovative policy applications to solve them.

    Rules and Procedures

    • The contest is open to all current students in the MPA program.
    • Students must submit a three to five page policy paper which identifies a policy challenge currently being faced by state or local government. Submissions should clearly explain why the issue is a problem and should be addressed by policy makers. Papers must propose a specific inventive policy change or application to solve the problem.

      • Possible topics include, but are not limited to: systematic solutions to big problems like homelessness, public transportation and urban development.  As well as new applications to day to day administrative and policy problems such as increasing voter turnout or improving a neighborhood environment to create a greater sense of pride.

    After all submissions have been received, they will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee of current faculty members, IPS staff and friends of Seattle University.

    • Up to five students with the highest rated submissions will present their solutions to a panel of leaders from state and local government.   
    • Presentations will be 10 minutes in length and followed by a five minute question and answer period.  (Visual aids are encouraged, but not required.)

    Presentations will take place on February 20, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Center Room 160.  Dinner will be served and the public is invited to attend.

    Contact MPA Program Coordinator, Lindsay Ohab at or 206-296- for more informatoin.