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The completion of a capstone project is one of the academic requirements for the Master of Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. The capstone project presents an opportunity for students to apply their multi-disciplinary learning from the program to a specific public administration challenge or issue. Past students have indicated that their capstone project enabled them to build relationships with diverse stakeholders and improved their skills in policy research, creative thinking, data analysis and interpretation, program evaluation, written and verbal communication, time management, and client management. Students have the option either of proposing their own capstone project or choosing from a list of projects submitted by government agencies and non-profit organizations to Fels Lab.

Explore our recent graduates’ capstone project below.

Project Name Project Type Year Organization Download
Pennsylvania Radar and the Price of Speed
Advocacy plan
2021
PDF
Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger Environmental Scan
Strategic planning
2021
The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
PDF
Personal Protective Equipment Supply & Supply Chain During COVID-19
Policy analysis
2021
Community Network for Epidemic Preparedness and Support
PDF
Comparative Analysis of Municipal Experiences Owning and Selling Public Goods
Policy analysis
2021
Delaware County Council
PDF
Evaluation Capacity-Building
Strategic planning
2021
ImpactEd
PDF
Process Improvement Within the Chicago Community Trust
Program evaluation
2021
Chicago Community Trust
PDF
Municipal High-Performance and Healthy Buildings Guidelines*
Program development
2021
City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
PDF
Young "Invincibles": Understanding Health Insurance Among Pennsylvania's Young Adults*
Data analysis
2021
Pennsylvania Health Access Network
PDF
PHENND Managing Networks*
Data analysis
2021
Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development
PDF
Representations of China Across the Media Landscape*
Data analysis
2021
N/A
PDF
Realigning As We Build: Data Implementation Plan*
Data analysis
2021
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
PDF
Measuring Impact in a Complex World: A Social Return on Investment Framework*
Data analysis
2021
JEVS Human Services
PDF
Now do we do it? Philly Style
Program evaluation
2021
Students Run Philly Style
PDF
Riverfront North Partnership Data Implementation Plan
Program evaluation
2020
Riverfront North Partnership
PDF
Juvenile Hall Admission and Impacts to Primary Care: Santa Clara County*
Data analysis
2020
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
PDF
The Polarization Machine: How Digital Activity Threatens Electoral Legitimacy
Policy analysis
2020
N/A
PDF
A Study on Murals, Artist, and the Guilds Community Impact
Program evaluation
2020
Mural Arts Philadelphia
PDF
Establishment of an Innovation Resource Network for Penn Medical Ethics
Program development
2020
University of Pennsylvania Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
PDF
An Analysis of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Digital Resource and Service Provision During COVID-19*
Data analysis
2020
Free Library of Philadelphia
PDF
Evaluating Seattle’s Democracy Voucher Program
Policy analysis
2020
City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics
PDF
A Roadmap for Funding Permanent Supportive Housing
Program development
2020
Asociación Puertorriqueños En Marcha
PDF
Review of Anti-Poverty Efforts by the City of Philadelphia
Policy analysis
2020
N/A
PDF
Hallandale Beach Strategic Policing Initiative Measurement Protocols
Program evaluation
2020
Hallandale Beach Police Department
PDF
Quality Jobs Tax Grant Program Design
Program development
2020
City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce
PDF
Inequities in Disaster Evacuation for Low-Income Families*
Policy analysis
2020
N/A
PDF
Membership Program Survey Evaluation*
Program evaluation
2020
Committee of Seventy
PDF
Membership Program Marketing and Communication Plan*
Marketing and communication plan
2020
Committee of Seventy
PDF
Ending Hunger for Good Workforce Development Plan
Program development
2020
Pottsdown Collaborative
PDF
Equine Assisted Therapy for Veterans*
Program development
2020
Valley Forge Military Academy
PDF
Assessing Philadelphia's Health Regulations to Reduce Commercial Waste*
Policy analysis
2020
City of Philadelphia Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet
PDF
Default Justice: Debt Buyer Lawsuits in Philadelphia Municipal Court*
Data analysis
2020
N/A
PDF
Predictive Analytics for US Armed Forces Veterans Exposed to Toxins
Advocacy plan
2020
N/A
PDF
The Fight for Fair Funding in the State of Pennsylvania’s High-Need School District
Policy analysis
2020
Education Law Center in Philadelphia
PDF
Analyzing Community Violence Reduction Programs in Philadelphia
Policy analysis
2020
City of Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention
PDF

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