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POL/SOC 297B | The Origins of Data in Politics and Policy

In this Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE), students will work alongside School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) faculty in partnering with local, state, federal, and international agencies to provide evidence-based policy advice, rigorous policy evaluation services, and polling and survey research and services. The workshop will involve three hours per week of class-based training and mentoring alongside six hours per week of students working on research teams tackling specific research tasks as supervised by SGPP faculty.

These projects are designed in partnership with stakeholders from government and non-profit sector agencies and are designed to help solve their real-world research problems. Research topics will vary across semesters depending on associated faculty and interested stakeholders, but may include: local, state, or national public opinion surveys, human adaptation to natural disasters, public management of invasive species, diffusion of marijuana legalization policies, public attitudes towards migrants and refugees, sources of racial biases in political preference formation, coding text in multiple languages as data on violent organizations, and the use of social media data to visualize incivility in politics.