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.

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Mission Anchor

Mission

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.

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Vision Anchor

Vision

Our vision is to maximize social impact by bringing evidence-based solutions to the dynamic development problems faced by our partners in Latin America.

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Our Projects

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 2021-22 year, MPiP is partnering with two organizations:

PROJECT 1: Extituto in Bogotá Colombia

 

Extituto - Politica Abierta

Extituto is a non-profit organization based in Bogotá, Colombia that aims to strengthen the leadership and collective processes of elected city council members, and equip them with the tools and technologies for political and democratic innovation.

MPiP is helping Extituto design and implement a survey to better understand the impact of the DemoLab, one of Extituto’s main programs. The DemoLab is an innovative space that seeks to strengthen the relationship between Bogotá’s city council members and their constituents through various initiatives, for example, selecting citizens to have face-to-face meetings with their council members and creating a gender equality toolbox. After the survey is distributed, MPiP will help the Extituto analyze and disseminate the results. The objective of this partnership is to help Extituto establish ways to measure the effect of their programming and ensure they can undertake this monitoring and evaluation effort without the assistance of an external group in the future.

 

PROJECT 2: Confío in Chihuahua, Mexico

 

CONFIO: Construyendo Organizciones Civiles Transparentes A.C.

Confío is a nonprofit organization based out of Chihuahua, Mexico.  It is part of an international association of national charity monitoring organizations, ICFO. They provide ratings to other civil society organizations or NGOs in Mexico based on a compliance framework that is used by multiple organizations in countries across the world. 

MPiP and Confio have committed to working together to improve Confío’s practices so that they may have sustained and improved impact for years to come. MPiP is revisiting their organization’s vision and mission through a revised Theory of Change, to help Confio clearly communicate their value to potential partners and other NGOs in Mexico. Additionally, using the data collected by Confio over the years, MPiP is conducting rigorous data analysis to help Confio better understand their scope of work and streamline their work processes. The objective of this partnership is to build Confio’s capacity in data analysis, so that they can take this practice forward in the coming years without the presence of an external organization. 

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Support MPiP

McCourt Policy in Practice is funded through the generous support of donors from across the country. Members organize several fundraising events that are open to both the university student body and the general public every year in Washington, DC, including an annual charity auction that is typically held in the winter. Please contact us to learn more about how you can attend or support upcoming events.

Please consider supporting our work today! To make a secure online donation through the Georgetown University platform, please visit the giving website. When directing your gift, please select “Other (Please indicate the department, program or other designation).” When the “Other” text box appears, be sure to write “McCourt Policy in Practice” in the box. All contributions are tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt from Georgetown University.

You can also make a donation by check. Checks should be made out to Georgetown University, with McCourt Policy in Practice written in the subject line, and mailed to:

The McCourt School of Public Policy
Georgetown University
Attn: Jaclyn Clevenger, Assistant Director of Student Affairs
105-D Old North
Washington, DC 20057

 

For more information about McCourt Policy in Practice (MPiP), please contact us at jc2505@georgetown.edu.

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