Our promise is to improve the lives of all Americans by giving policymakers access to high-quality information and engaging citizens as active participants in the formation of public policy.

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.

Now Hiring


Associate Director of Retirement Security Policy

The Harkin Institute is currently hiring an individual to lead research efforts in the area of retirement security.

2018 Harkin Summit Proceedings

Read about outcomes, ideas and more valuable information from the 2018 Harkin International Disability Employment Summit.

Harkin Institute announces new building


Permanent space to grow

The building will serve as a model of universal design and provide much-needed space for Institute staff, researchers, and programming as the organization continues to grow.

Address: 2429 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: 515-271-3623

Fax Number: 515-271-3631

Email: harkininstitute@drake.edu

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.