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At FSI, our scholars don't just study pressing global challenges, they make a difference in the real world.

World-Class Research, Real-World Impact

At FSI, policy impact is our driving force. That starts with world-class research on the most important global challenges of our time. But we don't stop there.

We know that for research to make a difference, we need to bring it to those who have the ability to make change. That's why we organize events to share research with policy actors in Washington, DC, Silicon Valley, and around the world; provide policy advice through briefings, testimony, and track two diplomacy; form long-term research-policy engagements with governments; and engage with news, print, and social media in order to inform the public debate.

We also know that impact requires policymakers capable of affecting change. That's why we train policymakers in the U.S. and worldwide, and prepare the next generation of policymakers through undergraduate programs as well as our Master's in International Policy.

Finally, many FSI scholars have been policymakers themselves, making impact in the field and then bringing real-world experience with them to strengthen FSI's work.

Learn more about some of our key areas of policy impact:

 

 

Featured Policymaker-Academics

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Colin Kahl

Senior Fellow and Co-director of CISAC
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Colin Kahl

Senior Fellow and Co-director of CISAC
Former Deputy Assistant to the U.S. President, National Security Advisor to the Vice President, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East at the Pentagon
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Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator
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Eileen Donahoe

Executive Director, Global Digital Policy Incubator
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council and Director of Global Affairs at Human Rights Watch
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Alex Stamos

Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
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Alex Stamos

Director, Stanford Internet Observatory
Former Chief Security Officer at Facebook and Chief Information Security Officer at Yahoo
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Brett McGurk

Payne Distinguished Lecturer
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Brett McGurk

Payne Distinguished Lecturer
Former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the U.S. Department of State

Profiles of Impact: REAP

In China, three out of every four children grow up in rural areas, where education is lacking and poverty is persistent. The Rural Education Action Program, or REAP, aims to improve the condition of this large but overlooked population by conducting rigorous evaluations of on-the-ground interventions designed to improve rural health and education.

In order to bring about lasting policy change, REAP has built long-term partnerships with local, regional, and national policymakers across China, with whom they share findings on which interventions have proven effective. These policymakers can take steps to ensure successful strategies are implemented and scaled. REAP’s policy efforts have brought proven solutions to millions of rural children and their communities.

In the area of nutrition, REAP’s research showed that a simple intervention led to reduced iron deficiency among students, resulting in improved grades. In response, China’s central government launched a $20 billion national program that is delivering free, nutritious school lunches to more than 20 million poor students every day. More recently, REAP has partnered with China’s National Family Planning Commission to provide rural parents the support they need to help their children learn and grow. Over the next 10 years, this partnership has the potential to improve the lives of 50 million children.