The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University values service, student action, and social responsibility. McCourt Policy in Practice (MPiP) leverages rigorous, evidence-based policy tools to maximize partner organizations’ capacity to deliver and evaluate social impact. As a pro-bono student consulting organization, MPiP advances and develops its members into skilled policy practitioners while addressing the needs of its partners. MPiP partners with nonprofit organizations in Latin America.
McCourt Policy in Practice (MPiP) leverages rigorous, evidence-based policy tools to maximize partner organizations’ capacity to deliver and evaluate social impact. As a pro-bono student consulting organization, MPiP advances and develops its members into skilled policy practitioners while addressing the needs of its partners.Back to Top
Our vision is to maximize social impact by bringing evidence-based solutions to the dynamic development problems faced by our partners in Latin America.Back to Top
MPiP aims to leverage the unique assets and technical expertise of the McCourt School to provide the residents of communities in Latin America with access to better services and an improved quality of life. The planning and design of MPiP projects engages students and faculty advisors. For the 2022-23 year, MPiP is partnering with two organizations:
PROJECT 1: Belize Network of NGOs in Belmopan, Belize
The Belize Network of NGOs (BNN) is a non-profit organization based in Belmopan, Belize, that seeks to be the unified voice of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Belize advocating for good governance to achieve sustainable human development. BNN aims to create good governance through avenues such as advocacy, position statements, and representation through the NGO Senator and national committees.
Through the robust partnership with MPiP, BNN hopes to be able to run a strategic planning process that integrates the views and ideas of its NGO members into a cohesive 3-to- 5-year plan. The goal of the strategic plan is to strengthen BNN’s efficiency and effectiveness as the unified voice of NGOs in Belize. Part of this process would be a rigorous evaluation of BNN’s previous strategic plan. Although the new strategic plan is the final deliverable of the engagement, the process is just as important. BNN hopes that MPiP will help them run an inclusive and transparent process.
PROJECT 2: Fundación Ventanas in Bogotá, Colombia
Fundación Ventanas (FV) is a non-profit organization based in Bogotá, Colombia. The overall goal of Fundación Ventanas is to offer high potential students with social mobility and the opportunity to become agents of change in the world around them. FV helps students finance their costs of higher education, interest free, be it professional, technological or technical. In addition to financing, FV also offers its students mentorship and additional skill building opportunities. While FV helps them achieve their own educational goals, they also want them to become unified and empowered in order to contribute to the growth of society as a whole.
Through FV’s partnership with MPiP, FV hopes to be able to develop a robust communication strategy that will help them communicate their organization’s impact more effectively.
Developing this communication strategy entails creating a robust Theory of Change for the organization, conducting data-analysis and visualization of the existing data collected by the organization and revisiting their measurement framework to understand what more indicators can be included that will speak to FV’s impact. With the help of these deliverables, FV hopes to be in a position where they can competitively apply for grants and other funding mechanisms in order to double the students they are able to support.
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