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Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement

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The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement is located at Drake University and serves as a venue and catalyst for dynamic non-partisan research, learning, and outreach to promote understanding of the policy issues to which Senator Tom Harkin devoted his career.

Our primary focus includes four of the issue areas important to our founder, Senator Tom Harkin: labor and employment, people with disabilities, retirement security, and wellness and nutrition.

The Harkin Institute was 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.

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An Evening with Charlie Cook

The Harkin Institute is pleased to welcome renowned political analyst Charlie Cook back to Des Moines to share his insider view on the 2020 campaign season...

11/2 7pm

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Policy on Tap

3/26/2019

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