The PED-250 “Second Year Policy Analysis,” the capstone product of the MPA/ID program, is a course designed to help you further develop your professional skills as a development practitioner and think about how evidence can be used for policy.
The main output is the SYPA report itself, which calls for the application of the theoretical and empirical techniques acquired in other courses to an actual development problem. The report is written for a specific client (a government, agency, NGO, etc.) and involves the diagnosis of a problem, the formulation of a policy proposal, and the development of a feasible implementation plan. This requires that you identify an issue, develop the conceptual and empirical basis for recommended action, and then present your analysis and recommendations in a written document.