Hello there!
I'm Dr. Dana Dolan

I help passionate policy professionals go from feeling under prepared and overwhelmed with the fast-paced demands of legislative work, to feeling confident in producing high-quality policy analysis, research, and communications with ease.

[And BTW, that’s not me on the left. Give me a little time to update things!]

About Me

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Developing With a Passion While Exploring The World.
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What You Can Learn With Me

I teach public policy and qualitative methods courses to adult learners, whether they are graduate students, career professionals, or undergraduates. Conversations with curious minds always inspire and enlighten me!

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Public Policy Process

How does a policy idea’s time come? What moves it on to the policy agenda for serious consideration, and from there to the decision agenda where legislators agree to adopt it (or not)? We explore this question in depth in PUAD540, a required course in the public administration graduate program at GMU’s Schar School for Policy and Government.

Students use Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Framework to analyze current policy issues from the perspective of theory, develop their own policy analysis along the way, and write a detailed policy brief. In addition, they collaborate in teams to understand and apply another policy framework, such as Policy Design.

Link: Dana Dolan @ GMU’s Schar School for Policy and Government.

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Qualitative Methods

Qualitative methods is a big tent where many variations reside. The George Washington University (GW) Elliott School of International Affairs graduate students and others who take my IAFF6118 course learn to appreciate this diversity practically and theoretically.

Students gain practical, hands-on experience with interviewing, observing, and document analysis working in collaborative teams. Then we put this into theoretical perspective by discussing how “Big Q” qualitative research differs from “small q” qual and quantitative research, and how this helps expand our knowledge of the messy, uncertain, evolving reality of the world.

I’m honored to be invited, once again, to teach a 7-week version of this course to visiting Bolashak Scholars, from Kazakhstan, through the GW School of Business.

Link: Dana Dolan @ GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs

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Strategic Policy Analysis, Research, and Communications (SPARC)

Join the waitlist for the a 5-day Rapid Response Policy Memo Challenge. It’s a perfect taster for what’s to come in my full-length SPARC Course, expected in early 2025.

These are the first offerings from my latest project, aimed at building policy capacity and accelerating careers on Capitol Hill and beyond. Ideal students include current and aspiring policy professional who want to take their practical knowledge to the next level, by layering on timeless lessons from academic theory and current insights from research research. 

If you are an ambitious working professional with  an unpredictable and sometimes overwhelming schedule, these high-quality online courses, live sessions (with replays available), and related offerings may be just what you’ve been looking for to supercharge your career.

My Working Process

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Work Experience

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UI/UX Designer
2015-2018

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UI/UX Designer
Web Designer
2015-2018

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Web Designer
Web Developer
2015-2018
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Web Developer
Graphic Designer
2015-2018
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Graphic
Marketing
2015-2018
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Marketing

My Courses

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What My Students Says

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John Doe

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Jenna Smith

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Samuel Stevens

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