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Minnesota EPFP

Minnesota EPFP Coordinators
      Minnesota EPFP Site Sponsoring Organization
Dan Loritz (EPFP 79-80)
Senior Fellow and President
Center for Policy Design

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Center for Policy Design

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Education Director
Association of Minnesota Counties
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Tim McDonald (EPFP 10-11)
Senior Fellow
Center for Policy Design

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 Minnesota's 2016/17 Education Policy Fellowship Program Celebrating 41 Years

Minnesota EPFP is a partnership of the Washington, D.C. based Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and the Minnesota-based Center for Policy Design (CPD). Both organizations are non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organizations.

This is the seventh year that the CPD has served as the Minnesota partner with IEL. For the first 34 years of the Fellowship the College of Education at the University of Minnesota was the Minnesota based partner.

The first year of the Fellowship was 1975-76. Since then 492 Fellows have completed this unique policy experience.

Minnesota EPFP's 2015-16 Fellows in the office of Minnesota Governor  Mark Dayton.

Together they form an important network in Minnesota and the nation. We hope you will consider applying to be part of this outstanding Minnesota tradition of leadership.

The Fellowship – What You Can Expect

The 2016/2017 Fellowship has as a primary focus on state and federal policy development and the leadership that is necessary to influence policy development. It is designed to expand and update your working knowledge of state and federal policy design, enactment and implementation.

Creating A Safe Environment for Open Conversation - the Dinner Seminars, the Minnesota Policy Seminar (MPS) and Washington Policy Seminar (WPS)

The dinner seminars are the backbone of the Fellowship. They are designed to give an up close and personal experience that will include discussions and conversations with key members of Minnesota's executive and legislative branch. In addition, there is a one day Minnesota Policy Seminar (MPS) at the State Capitol and three day Washington Policy Seminar (WPS) in Washington, D.C.

Minnesota EPFP has a proud history of trust with those who will discuss, very candidly, some of the most sensitive problems (and solutions) facing our state and nation. Fellows can, and should, talk about the sessions but we ask that they not attribute names as part of your conversations with others.

The Learning Model
The Fellowship's instructional process is experiential. It is based on the belief that knowledge and skills are "the residue that is left when the experience wears off”. Therefore, there are no required team projects, readings or papers.

A Working Definition of Public Policy
There are many working definitions of the term "public policy”. To help us be clear in our policy discussions we will use the following definitions of public policy:

Policy is a course of action, for a given period of time, based on a given set of circumstances, designed to influence future decisions or actions.

Policy Design is a proposal for action, for a given period of time, based on a given set of circumstances, designed to influence future decisions or actions.

In addition, the concept of the "policy cycle”, a Minnesota grown model, will be used to provide a map on how to advance public policy.

Conditions, Problems, Policies, Politics
Public policy starts with goal and a condition or a problem. A condition is a situation or circumstance in which no one will invest.If you believe that "poverty will always be with us” then you believe that poverty is a condition. If poverty will always be with us why work on it?

A condition must be turned in to a problem before you can convince someone to work on it. Once you have a problem clearly identified you can develop a policy to address it. What is left then is the politics of getting it enacted and then implemented.

You will hear us often during the Fellowship - "What is the (policy) problem, what is the (policy) goal and what is the strategy to achieve the policy (the how – how to get the policy adopted and how to get it implemented).


Policy work takes leadership - both transactional and transformational -- one cannot get to transformation in the policy arena without a solid base of transactional leadership. This will be a recurring theme throughout the Fellowship.

2016/17 Schedule* 

Part A:

  • October 20, 2016** - The Policy Brief, the Policy Cycle and the Policy "Hows"
  • November 3** - Inside the Minnesota State Budget
  • December 1* and 2 - Minnesota Policy Seminar (MPS) - A Behind the Door Look at the Legislative and Executive Branch Policy and Fiscal Offices
  • January 5, 2017*- Demographics - The Policy Lens for the Future
  • January 12* - Inside Minnesota's Institutions of Public Policy
  • January 19* - Inside the Minnesota State Revenue System
  • February 2*- The Split Screen: Policy Design - Improvement and Innovation Agendas
  • February 16* - Problems, Goals, Conditions and the Policy "How" 
  • March 2* - Agendas, Alternatives and Public Policies - The Pathway 
  • March 16* - Cut - Tax - Redesign - Grow:  Economic Growth and State Competitiveness
  • March 30* - An Evening of Reflection on the Minnesota Policy Process
  • April 13* - A Look Inside the Washington Policy Process
  • April 22 - 25 - IEL's Washington Policy Seminar, Washington, D.C. 
  • May 4* - A Look Inside the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session and setting up for the 2018 Session
  • May 11* - Recognition and Reflection

Part B:

  • May to November 2017 - What do you want to do in the policy arena with what you have learned? Individual conversations with Fellows
  • November 10, 2017 - The EPFP Experience: Looking Back - Thinking Forward

  * Dinner seminars will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

 ** Dinner seminars for October 20 and November 3 will held from 4:30 to 8:30


For additional information, please visit the Minnesota EPFP website.



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