Policy Change Studio students benefit from a holistic teaching network that provides multiple layers of support. The network consists of faculty chairs Professors Francis Fukuyama and Jeremy Weinstein, program manager Patrick Laboon, project partners from outside organizations, faculty mentors with expertise in the project topic, and teamwork coaches Dikla Carmel-Hurwitz and Leslie Chin.
Field work is an indispensable part of the Policy Change Studio experience. Through field work, students are able to interact with stakeholders, collect primary data, test assumptions, and otherwise gain an understanding of realities on the ground. Each student team is supported by the MIP Program to travel to field locations during their spring break.
Policy Change Studio takes place during the winter and spring quarters of MIP students' second year in the program (January to June). Students travel to field locations during their spring break (typically late March).
Scoping for projects begins during the spring proceeding the start of the course cycle.