The Institute was founded in 2014 with the aim of providing the space where all students could come together to engage in the policy-making process in order to inspire and enact change. Diversity and inclusion is important to Buchanan, which is why our Institute does not have an applications process. Everyone and anyone can join us in turning their ideas into action: the diversity of our members drives Buchanan's capacity to enact creative solutions on complex policy issues.
Students acquire policy making skills through the Institute's research process, facilitated through streamlined training sessions, also known as our Weekly Workspaces. We explore qualitative and quantitative methods currently being used to understand and tackle policy issues across all sectors.
Our members produce policy briefs and proposals which are then used to inspire policy action and debate, while hosting launch events and creating blog posts to advocate for concrete policy changes they wish to see.