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.

Annual Report FY 2023

The Harkin Institute Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2023 is out now!

Naturalization Ceremony

Photos from the Naturalization Ceremony at the Tom and Ruth Harkin Center on 9-15-23!

Let The Harkin Institute cover your D.C. internship costs!

Apply now for The Harkin Institute’s D.C. Experience scholarships, which can help cover living and travel expenses related to your summer internship in Washington, D.C.

Harkin Belfast 2022

The Harkin International Disability Employment Summit is traveling to Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2022!

Harkin Belfast 2022 will provide a platform for individuals and organizations to challenge for change, celebrate and share success, and positively reframe the narrative on how we approach, support and enable persons with disabilities to achieve their career goals and aspirations.

Latest analysis: Engaging investors in disability employment efforts

Harkin Institute fellow Robert Ludke is incorporating disability employment strategies into Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment frameworks so businesses can unlock the long-term value-creating opportunities that come from a more inclusive workforce.

Newly published! Closing the Retirement Savings Gap

This brief presents updated estimates for employee access and participation in employer retirement savings plans.

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