Video Master of Public Administration

Exploring a Concentration in Policy Analysis and Analytics


Jacqueline Shiner: I started my own business, a consulting business, about two and a half years ago and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do my concentration in. And Dr. Pelletier actually met with me in person, as I’m fortunate to live in the State of Vermont.

I had three concentrations that I actually wanted to do and she talked me out of doing any of them. And I was very excited based on her description of the program and I ended up in the Policy, Data, Analysis and Analytics program.

When I was looking at programs, I wanted to be able to expand my consulting business and my expertise. So looking at the different programs, the three that I originally looked at, were all continuing in things I was already doing and already known for.

The reason why I chose Policy Data Analysis and Analytics was because it was going to expand my horizons with potential other types of work that I can do. It was already being applicable as I started the program; I was applying it almost immediately in what I currently do. I’m a government contractor and I do pricing analysis as well as contracts.

And so working with technical teams and being able to collect the data from them and ask them questions, I was able to take things I was learning in my classes right away. And I’d like to be able to do actual policy data analysis and analytics in the future, and in fact I had a chapter published already with my professor and we are going to continue doing more studies in federal procurement based on what I’ve learned in this program.

Well I love what I do currently in my day-to-day job. I am really looking forward to some future opportunities. And in fact I’m currently in talks with my professor that I did the chapter with in doing further research on our topic and expanding upon it. I downloaded SPSS, I’m a data junkie and I can’t wait to get started.