Fixing NJ Transit along the Hudson

Fixing NJ Transit along the Hudson

The project submission consists of three components:  the project essay which is in the form of a 12-page memorandum,  a 2-page executive summary in memorandum format, and  twelve (12) presentation slides to support a presentation of your cover memorandum. Technical Requirements for the Projects  The submission consists of the executive summary memorandum, the primary memorandum, and printed versions of the Powerpoint slides. The project must be submitted as a set of files in a Microsoft Word or Powerpoint format.  The executive summary is to be no more than 2 pages long. The primary memorandum is to be no longer than 12 pages long. The presentation submission is to consist of no more than 12 slides.  No appendices or attachments are allowed, except for appendices that are included within the 12-page limit of the primary memorandum.  The memoranda must be in Times New Roman 12-point font, single spaced within paragraphs and double spaced between paragraphs. For this assignment, each memo must begin with the following heading: TO: (Insert the title and name of the official to whom the memo is addressed.) FROM: (Insert your 6-field code, and do not include your name) DATE: (insert the date that the memo is submitted for grading) SUBJECT: (Insert a 5-6 word title explaining what the memo is about.) The primary memorandum must be no more than 12 pages long and the executive summary memorandum must be no more than 2 pages long. Paragraphs must be single-spaced, with paragraph separations and headings double spaced. The document should be written in a 12- point font. All margins should be one inch. Guidance About the Presentation Slide Format: The twelve-slide presentation can be created using a presentation program such as Powerpoint, or can be created with any other application that produces an image that can be projected in a presentation. For example, a conventional word processing program could be used with the paper in landscape mode. The purpose of your slides is to assist a brief presentation of the results of your project. You should assume a presentation that generally supports the content of the 2-page cover memorandum. An operationalization of the assignment is: If you were reading your executive summary to a small group, how would us use twelve slides to reinforce and support your presentation? are to complete a policy analysis. The following guidance relates to the selection of a topic.  The project must involve a real agency or organization in a real jurisdiction.  The project must respond to a problem that can be related to a policy deficiency – a policy that is incomplete, insufficient, missing, mistaken, unworkable or inappropriate.  If the policy exists, it must be precisely identified in the primary memorandum. If it does not exist, the student must identify how the policy would be adopted and codified.  The topic of the project must be related to the student’s specialization. The faculty member for the section makes this determination.  The memorandum must be addressed to a real official, although the official involved should not be personally named or contacted. For example, a memorandum might be addressed to a county commissioner, city councilor or state legislator without naming the person involved.  The student must frame the project in a question that asked by the official involved, and the project should produce a response to the question. The question should be included in the introduction.  The analysis must be based on real information or data relating to the agency or organization in the jurisdiction involved.  The sources of the information or data must be cited. If the information or data is unpublished, such as information provided based on an interview or information request, the student must make the information available to the faculty member for the section involved.  Students may create original information or data by gathering it. For example, the student could conduct interviews or measure distances or rate attributes of locations, or the student could construct estimates of information based on comparable jurisdictions. The primary memorandum must explain how the information is developed.  The project must be at a scale that one person with the skills of an MPA student, working alone, could complete in several weeks. For example, the elimination of the national debt or the reversal of global warming are projects out of scale for this assignment. In most cases, projects, issues and programs that are encountered in a local government in a specific agency or local organization are preferable.  The student must understand the data and the techniques of analysis involved. For example, comparing methods used to assess the presence of water on Mars would be beyond the capability of most MPA students based on what the student has studied. Guidance for Projects