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The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement is dedicated to advancing dialogue about the issues that define our public life. Founded on the premise that good public policy is best achieved when policymakers have access to high quality information, political processes are open and well-understood, and citizens are informed and active participants, the Harkin Institute seeks to create opportunities for thoughtful policy discourse in a nonpartisan environment.



Summer at the Harkin Institute

  • Start your day with coffee and one of the most publicly engaged social scientist of our time! Robert Putnam is coming to Des Moines on July 10th...Click here for tickets and all of the details!

  • Press, Pints and Politics: The Iowa Caucus Team Trivia Night. Join journalists from throughout the nation to test your knowledge of Iowa and its first-in-the-nation contest. 7 pm, Sunday, June 21, 2015 at The Basement at the Des Moines Social Club. Bring a team of 2-6 people for great drinks and 8 rounds of free trivia! Door prizes given away throughout the night! Sponsored by the Harkin Institute at Drake University.

  • Cowles Library Political Papers Archivist, Hope Grebner, is a co-curator of the new "Great Society Congress" online exhibition about what many consider the most productive Congress in American History. Click here to take an online tour of the 89th Congress.


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University News
June 23, 2015
Archivists at Drake University are seeking memorabilia for inclusion in the Iowa Caucus Collection, the nation's only repository for the collection, preservation, and cataloging of historical artifacts associated with the caucuses.