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.
Please note that the Policy Shop is currently closed for the 2021-22 academic year.
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.
Past policy research projects have included: developing a Strategic Plan for the Canadian College of Health Leaders, by-law development for Sistema Saskatoon, creating a model of care for Sanctum Care Group, and developing a draft policy for the City of Saskatoon regarding transportation network companies such as UBER.
The Policy Shop is currently closed and is not accepting project submissions at the moment.
The selection process for Policy Shop projects is as follows:
- Local organizations submit their project ideas to the Policy Shop.
- Policy Shop leadership in Regina and Saskatoon will select a subset of proposals to present to the volunteers.
- Proponents of the selected projects are invited to introduce their projects to students in person at a meeting in late October.
- Volunteers vote on which projects they feel best suited to support and form research teams of 3-5 students, including a project manager.
- The project manager liaises with the organization and gives direction to the research team members on how to complete the project objectives.
- Teams provide regular updates to the organization and the work progresses.
- A final report is presented to the organization by the research team in April.