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PRS Testimonies

Policy Research Shop Testimony: April 2, 2013

PRS 100th and 101st Briefs: Students Testify Before the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee

On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, four students from the Policy Research Shop (PRS) of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center traveled to Concord, NH to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Sharon Carson. Austin Goldberg ’13, Adam Nasser ’15, Portia Schultz ’15, and Grace Hart ’13 presented two PRS policy briefs—“New Hampshire’s Juvenile Justice System: An Investigation of Current Practices for Handling Youth in the Criminal Justice System,” and “The Adult Drug Courts of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine: An Analysis of Effectiveness and Barriers to Expansion”—to the committee members and responded to their questions.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: January 24, 2013

PRS Student Testifies Before Vermont Committee of Fish, Wildlife, And Water Resources

On Thursday, January 24, 2013, a policy brief produced by Kevin Schorr ’15, Kamran Ali ’15, and Edgar Sandoval ’14 in the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center’s Policy Research Shop, was presented to the Vermont House of Representatives Committee on Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources in the State Capitol building in Montpelier, VT. Kevin Schorr, the lone member of the team on campus for the winter term, provided formal testimony on their brief, “Assessing the Feasibility of a Vermont Statewide Stormwater Utility,” and responded to questions from Chairman David Dean and committee members.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: June 20, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before Officials from the New Hampshire Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs

On Wednesday, June 20, 2012, three PRS students, Brandon ’14, Carolyn Gaut ’13, and Richard D’Amato ’13, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, made a presentation in Concord, NH to the staff of the New Hampshire Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs, including Dr. Trinidad Tellez, Director of the office, Ms. Barbara Seebart, the State Refugee Coordinator as well as other staff members from the refugee program. The students presented findings from two papers, “New Hampshire Refugee Resettlement: A Community Integration Framework” and “Methodologies for Tracking Refugees Longitudinally: Nationwide Analysis and Policy Options.”  

Policy Research Shop Testimony: June 4, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before Members of the Grafton County Commission

On June 4, 2012, the three members of the Grafton County Commission—Chairman Michael Cryans, Commissioner Omer Ahern, Jr., and Commissioner Ray Burton—traveled to the Rockefeller Center to hear testimonies from three Policy Research Shop groups who have been working on projects for the Commission throughout the spring term. The commissioners were willing to travel to campus in order to accommodate the students who were in the middle of final examinations. The first PRS project presented was written by Kali Montecalvo ’13, Grace Hart ’13, and Roanna Wang ’13. The policy brief focused on the rehabilitation programs available at the Grafton County Prison and compared these programs to rehabilitation programs offered in other counties in New Hampshire as well as in other counties across New England.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 23, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before the Grafton County Nursing Home Administrator Craig Labore

On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, three Dartmouth students, Natalia Agredo ’14, Michael Sanchez ’13, and Will Bishop ’12, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to North Haverhill, NH, to present before the Grafton Country Nursing Home Administrator Craig Labore and members of his senior staff. In the context of a recent state-level shift from providing long-term care through nursing homes to providing the same care through a home- and community-based service system (HCBS), the students presented their research on how to make HCBS cost-effective.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 22, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before Officials from Vermont’s Division of Children and Families and Department of Education

On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, three Dartmouth students, Daniel Freeman ’13, Rachel Ng ’14, and Lorelei Yang ’15, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont, to testify before officials from Vermont’s Division of Children and Families and Department of Education, as well as the non-profit Hunger Free Vermont and the United States Department of Agriculture. The team presented their research on the problems of under-participation and under-enrollment in the National School Lunch Program in Vermont, which was recently named the ninth-hungriest state in the USA.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 17, 2012

Professor Shaiko and PRS Students Present at Annual Vermont Town and City Managers Association Meeting

On Thursday, May 17, 2012, Professor Ronald G. Shaiko, Senior Fellow and Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, and three Policy Research Shop students—Christopher Whitehead ’12, Travis Blalock ’12, and David Lumbert ’12—traveled to the Top Notch Resort in Stowe, Vermont to make presentations before the Vermont Town and City Managers Association. The annual meeting of VTCMA brought together more than 50 town and city managers from across the State of Vermont.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 10, 2012

PRS Students Brief Governor John Lynch Following New Hampshire Department of Safety Testimony

Following up on their testimony before the New Hampshire Department of Safety on March 8, 2012, Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop students Amy Couture ’14, Michael Danaher ’13, and Tina Meng ’14 traveled back to Concord on May 10, 2012 to brief Governor John Lynch on the findings they had presented to the Department of Safety in their PRS Policy Brief, “Performance Measurement for State Governmental Agencies: Comparative Case Studies.”

Policy Research Shop Testimony: May 3, 2012

PRS Students Testify Before NH House of Representatives’ Committee to Study the Rulemaking Authority of State Agencies to Establish Fees

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, two PRS students, Travis Blalock ’12 and Stephen Prager ’14, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to Concord to testify before the NH House of Representatives’ Committee to Study the Rulemaking Authority of State Agencies to Establish Fees. The team presented their work identifying, recording, and cross-referencing every fee and fine charged by the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) in the NH Administrative Rules, as well as a comparative study of the advantages and disadvantages of different fee-setting systems.

Policy Research Shop Testimony: March 8, 2012

PRS Students Present Research to the New Hampshire Department of Safety

On Thursday, March 8, 2012, three PRS students, Mike Danaher ’13, Amy Couture ’14, and Tina Meng ’14, from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop, traveled to the NH Department of Safety building in Concord, NH to deliver a presentation to Commissioner of Safety John Barthelmes and the directors of the Division of Motor Vehicles, State Police, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Fire Safety and Fire Marshal, Fire Standards and Training/EMS, Emergency Communications and 911, and Administration. The team summarized their findings from twenty-one case studies and many elite interviews, and synthesized this material by communicating “best practices” for the department and each division.

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