Join the JSGS Policy Shop

If you’re looking to do real policy research, expand your student and professional networks, or enhance your marketable skills, the JSGS Policy Shop is for you.

The Policy Shop is a student-run policy analysis and research organization. It provides JSGS students with hands-on policy analysis experience to help them grow professionally and build their credentials. Through its student volunteers, the Policy Shop provides local organizations with professional-quality research services at no cost. 

All JSGS students are welcome to participate.  As Policy Shop volunteers, students meet as a team and are introduced to a local organization with a problem to solve or a question to explore. Over one semester, the team will produce a professional report – from initial brainstorming to final submission – to present to the organization.  Of course, each team will have the support of Policy Shop Executives and JSGS throughout the process.

The Policy Shop is flexible. JSGS students are the Policy Shop's first priority. It believes student academics should not suffer at the expense of extra-curricular activities. As Policy Shop volunteers, students choose their level of commitment from the start - whether they want to work on multiple projects or on projects across the two campuses.

Available Policy Shop roles

  • Project Manager: liaise with the client, provide direction and delegate tasks to the team, set goals and expectations, manage project timeline, etc.
  • Researcher: conduct and summarize literature review, collect and analyze necessary data, etc.
  • Writer: primary writer of the final report, may assist with research and data collection, etc.
  • Editor: edit working and final drafts of the report, assist with writing, etc.

The Policy Shop is also training future Policy Shop Executives over the 2015/2016 year.  “Shadow” sessions can be arranged for those students interested.

Current Projects

The Policy Shop is currently consulting on the following projects:

Organization(s) Project
Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) Strategic Plan
JSGS, Heritage Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Culture Living Heritage Policy Briefs
Protective Services, University of Saskatchewan Electronic Surveillance Policy Development
Sistema Saskatoon By-law Development


Policy Shop Executives will be on hand throughout the year to meet everyone and answer questions.  If you’d like more information contact in Regina or in Saskatoon.