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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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Assistant Superintendent,
Mounds View Public Schools
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Tim Mcdonald (EPFP 10-11)

Senior Fellow,
Center for Policy Design
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Krista Kaput (EPFP 16-17)

Research Director,
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Troy Haugen (EPFP 19-20)

Director of Career & College Readiness,
Lakes Country Service Cooperative
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Minnesota's 2017/18 Education Policy Fellowship Program Celebrating 42 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 eighth 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 512 Fellows have completed this unique policy experience. Together they form an important network in Minnesota and the nation. 

Minnesota EPFP's 2016-17 Fellows in the office of Minnesota Governor  Mark Dayton.

The Fellowship: What You Can Expect

The 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 and Washington Policy Seminar (WPS)

The dinner seminars are the backbone of the Fellowship. They are designed to provide you with an up close and personal experience that will include discussions and conversations with key members of Minnesota's executive and legislative branch and their staff. In addition, there is a one-day Policy Seminar at the State Capitol and four 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. You can, and should, talk about the sessions but we ask that you 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 outside readings or written papers.  A short weekly reflection will be requested.

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 "Policy Cycle” will be used to provide a map on how to advance public policy. 

Conditions, Problems, Policies, Politics

Public policy starts with 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 implemented. 

You will hear often during the Fellowship - "What is the problem, what is the goal and what are the "hows" -- what are the policy “hows”, what are the implementation "hows" and what are the political "hows"? 


Policy work takes a special type of 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. 

Minnesota EPFP 2017/18 Schedule

Part A:

  • October 19, 2017**- Leadership in the Policy Arena: The Policy Brief
  • November 2** - The Governor – Setting the Agenda and an Inside Look at the Minnesota Policy Process
  • November 30* - Inside the Minnesota State Budget
  • December 1 - A Behind the Door Look at the Legislative and Executive Branch Policy and Fiscal Offices
  • January 4, 2018*- Inside Minnesota’s Demographics
  • January 11* - Inside the Minnesota State Human Services System
  • January 18* - Inside the Minnesota State Revenue System
  • February 1*-  Inside the Minnesota E-12 and Postsecondary Education Budget
  • February 15* - Inside Minnesota E-12 Education Policy
  • March 1* - An Evening of Reflection on the Minnesota Policy Process
  • March 8* - The Presidency – Setting the Agenda and an Inside Look at the Washington Policy Process
  • March 18 - 21- IEL's Washington Policy Seminar, Washington D.C.
  • March 29* - Debriefing the Washington Policy Seminar
  • April 12* - A Look Inside the 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session and setting up for the 2019 Session
  • April 26* - A Return to the Policy Brief – Focusing on the Agenda for 2019
  • May 3* - Revisiting Policy Leadership
  • May 10* - Reflection and Recognition – All
  • November 8* – The EPFP Experience: Looking Back – Thinking Forward

*All Dinner Seminars, except October 19 and November 2, will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Muffuletta, 2260 Como in Saint Paul. The October 19 and the November 2 Dinner Seminars will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Muffuletta, 2260 Como Ave. in St. Paul.

Part B (optional):

  • June – October 2018 - “What do you want to do in the policy arena with what you have learned?”  Individual conversations with Fellows and their sponsors. 

For additional information, please visit the Minnesota EPFP website.

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