Information for PAE Partners (For 2017-2018 PAE Cycle)

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

More information on the PAE programme is available at: Policy Analysis Exercise


For Prospective PAE Clients

If you would like to propose a PAE topic and synopsis for the next PAE cycle, please complete the here and send it to

You may propose as many topics as you are willing to host.

Previous PAE Topics and Clients

Since 1992, clients from diverse sectors have participated in the PAE and found the experience of working with students useful in producing solid analysis, new solutions, and fresh perspectives. This is a small sample of the most recent clients and their projects:

A. Social Policy

UNICEF Global Innovation CentreUNICEF Global Innovation Centre
Perceptions data and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) –  Effective Measurement of Perceptions to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for  Sustainable Development

Financial Inclusion and Universal Health Coverage in Indonesia –  Challenges and Opportunities

B. Governance

United Nations Development ProgrammeUnited Nations Development Programme

Extractive Industry and Public Management: Exploring the Dynamics in the Coal Industry of East Kalimantan

Cambodian Institute of Cooperation and PeaceCambodian Institute of Cooperation and Peace

Cambodia’s Foreign Policy Making: Deficits in Organizational Capacity and How It Can be Improved

C. Trade and Labour

Role of Labour Migration in Equitable Economic Development in Southeast Asia
Role of Labour Migration in Equitable Economic Development in Southeast Asia

Upskilling Myanmar for the Digital Economy

D. Urban Management, Environment, Sustainability

Improving efficiency within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Syr-Darya River Basin (Assessment in Tajikistan & Kyrgyz Republic)
Improving efficiency within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Syr- Darya River Basin (Assessment in Tajikistan & Kyrgyz Republic)

Singapore Heritage Society

Sustainability for Placemaking

Interested organisations, please get in touch with:

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, 
Singapore 259772