Student Research

Master’s Policy Report


For their capstone project, each Mills graduate public policy student serves as a pro bono policy consultant to a governmental or nonprofit client. Guided by faculty advisors, students gain real-world experience assessing policy alternatives, evaluating program effectiveness, designing a new program or service model, and/or planning strategies for organizational improvement.

Each project culminates in a Master’s Policy Report (MPR), a professional paper that enables each student to leverage their toolkit of policy skills to address the needs of their client.

Past clients have encompassed a range of advocacy groups, local chambers of commerce, city commissions, and public health organizations. If you are interested in having a Mills MPP or joint MPP/MBA student research an issue for your San Francisco Bay Area organization, visit our For Potential Clients page.

Recently completed Master’s Policy Reports include:

Using Transportation Analysis to Encourage Infill Retail Development in Oakland
Selected as the 2014 Outstanding MPR Award winner by the Mills Public Policy Program.
Author: Kacey Bills, MPP '14
Client: City of Oakland, Economic & Workforce Development Department
Read the executive summary.

Engaging the Reentry Population in Benefits Enrollments: Opportunities for Alameda County Social Services Agency
Author: Jessica Blakemore, MPP '14
Client: Environment California
Read the executive summary.

Reassessing Public Employee Health Benefits
Author: Patricia Black, MPP '14
Read the executive summary.

Participatory Budgeting: Smart Practices for the City of Richmond, California
Author: Katina Conn, MPP '14
Client: Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Read the executive summary.

Collaborative Strategies for Reducing Illegal Dumping in North Fair Oaks
Author: Christine Ferry, MPP '14
Client: County of San Mateo
Read the executive summary.

Considering Girls: The Importance of Gender Specific Programming in San Francisco
Author: Christi Fillhart, MPP '14
Client: The Greenlining Institute
Read the executive summary.

Improving Cal Works Work Requirements: Improving Cal Works Outcomes
Author: Sarah Palmer, MPP '14
Client: The International and National Voluntary Service Training Community Leadership Program
Read the executive summary.

Constructing Berkeley's 2014 Citywide Sexual Assault Survey 
Author: Gillian Simmons, MPP '14
Client: Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster

Read the executive summary.

Collaborative Approach to Graffiti Abatement in Oakland California
Author: Victoria Swift, MPP '14
Client: Unity Council’s De Colores Early Head Start Program 
Read the executive summary.

Complete Master’s Policy Reports are available upon request. The opinions expressed in the reports are those of the authors and should not be construed as the opinions of the Mills College Public Policy Program or client organizations.

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Last Updated: 12/2/14