Be a PAE Client
The Value of the Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE)
The PAE is the capstone module of the Master in Public Policy (MPP), our two-year full-time programme that provides rigorous training for a strong foundation in public policy analysis, programme evaluation, and management.
The PAE client has the opportunity to work with a small team of our senior students (second year students) who, under the supervision of a faculty advisor, will apply rigorous methodologies to analyse an issue of interest and develop useful recommendations for the client. The meaningful engagement of our students in client-driven projects aims to add value to the PAE clients and generate fresh perspectives and insights. On the other hand, the PAE offers our senior students the opportunity to put the knowledge and tools they have acquired in our classes at the service of clients working on real world policy issues.
PAE clients are not required to provide remuneration for the work done by students. The student teams have a budget at their disposal to cover costs of field research and travel. The client-proposed project topic needs to be approved by the School. The School cannot guarantee that the PAE topic submitted by prospective clients will be selected by our students.
Profile of our students
- Young professionals with up to five years of work experience, drawn from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors
- About 70 students coming from more than 20 countries around the world
|Milestones||Due Date (PAE Cycle for 2018-2019)|
Prospective PAE Clients to submit proposed PAE topic(s) and synopsis
16 May 2018
School approves prospective clients and topics
30 May 2018
School connects student teams with clients via email
16 July 2018
School introduces faculty advisors to clients via email
13 August 2018
Students submit PAE Prospectus to Faculty Advisor
14 September 2018
Students submit PAE Draft to Faculty Advisor
19 January 2019
Students submit PAE Final Report to Faculty Advisor
12 April 2019* (To be confirmed)
PAE Conference 2019
18 April 2019* (To be confirmed)
*Please note that the above time-line is subject to changes. PAE Clients are advised to check the School’s website for any updates to the PAE schedule.
Propose a PAE Topic
Organisations who would like to participate in the next PAE cycle can submit their proposed PAE topic(s) online. Please click here to submit the proposed PAE topic by 31 May 2019. PAE Clients may propose as many topics as you are willing to host. For instance, an organisation who wishes to host 3 student groups can propose 3 different PAE topics.
Feedback from PAE Clients
At the end of the project (i.e. by the end of April), the School will contact all PAE Clients and ask the PAE Client to grade the student team(s) that worked with them. The grading will be based on the PAE Client’s assessment of the team’s professionalism, quality of the deliverables, and usefulness of the project. This grading will constitute 10% of the students’ final grade.
PAE Agreement Form
All PAE Clients whose topics are selected by students will be asked to sign a PAE Agreement form. This form includes guidelines on data ownership and intellectual property. A sample of this form can be found here
If you would like to be a PAE Client, please get in touch with:
For more information on the next PAE cycle, please click here to download the PAE flyer.
Ms Ashley Koh
Manager, Career Services, Academic Affairs
Tel: +65 65164301
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore,
469C Bukit Timah Road,