The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University seeks an adjunct instructor for a Policy Innovation Lab course for master’s students in our School of Public Policy & Management.
The Policy Innovation Lab is a new initiative that connects students with real policy challenges and introduces an agile, design-driven framework to rapidly create solutions to those challenges. This course is an experiment in improving public policy through by working outside the traditional structures of government.
For Spring 2020, the Policy Innovation Lab will focus on the topic of climate resiliency futures. Students will be investigating a number of problem spaces and building policy-driven prototypes driven by user research. Students will work to solve pressing challenges by redefining the problem in terms of understanding the affected users of systems, conducting user-centered research, designing solutions, testing those same solutions, and iteratively improving those outcomes. We explore how today’s policy decisions have unintended consequences through the introduction of novel approaches like the policy premortem and experiential futures. We draw on past experience from within government to talk about the transition to those methods found more commonly outside of it.
This course is designed to take advantage of recent lessons learned in applied innovation in government entities around the world. The course will apply some methodologies commonplace in industry like agile, design-thinking, and open source to deliver products and services that have the potential to live on beyond the course.
The actual outcomes will be heavily dependent on both the needs of the problem sets for each course as well as the skills of the students. For public-facing projects, work will be done in a transparent manner where possible in order to encourage external participation. Students will be expected to embrace a culture that expects and encourages rapid iteration, express a willingness to fail early in order to discover a solution that ultimately works, and a flat structure that provides students with an opportunity to deliver for our government partners.
About Heinz College
The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu.
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.