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Call for Abstracts

The focus of the upcoming International Conference on Public Policy Design is “Advancing the Study of Policy Design in Policy Process Research” and will take place next February at the University of Miami.

We invite papers that advance theory and methods for studying policy design.

If you are interested in participating, submit a 1-page abstract of your paper by September 2, 2022.

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Professor Siddiki trains with students in the Policy Design Lab at the Maxwell School

Training: Policy Design Studio

Learn to engage governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in policy formulation, the design of public policy content, and policy implementation. Our evidence-based training equips current and future public service leaders with knowledge and skills for policy design, policy implementation and stakeholder engagement through short online and in-person modules, multi-day workshops and contract-basis opportunities.


Analysis: Policy Design Studio

Through technical analysis, we help governments and non-governmental organizations evaluate whether policies are effectively designed and carried out, as well as whether the stakeholder engagement processes they are using are effectively designed and run. Analyses are conducted on a contractual basis.


Professor Siddiki and students reviewing policy at the Policy Design Studio

Computational Institutional Science Lab

The lab hosts a variety of research activities to support the development of a new field of study called computational institutional science. Lab affiliates and members conduct research, host seminars and instructional programs, and author scholarly publications focused on the use of computational science methods to study how societies are governed. Founded in 2022, the CIS Lab is led by Saba Siddiki (Syracuse University) and Christopher Frantz (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). The website is under construction.

Institutional Grammar Research Initiative

Established during at a workshop hosted by Syracuse University in 2018, and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Institutional Grammar Research Initiative is a network of scholars from around the world with a common interest in the theoretical and methodological advancement of the Institutional Grammar, proposed by Sue Crawford and Elinor Ostrom (1995). IGRI affiliates are currently engaged in research that addresses one or more of the following themes:

  • Computational text analysis with Institutional Grammar
  • Evaluating institutional performance
  • Using the Institutional Grammar to study simulated and real behavior
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Center for Policy Design and Governance
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