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.

Nov. 15: Closing the Divide

This day-long event will explore new approaches to training for both dental and medical providers, promotion of team-based care, and development of medical treatments for oral health problems. 

Nov. 4: An Evening with Charlie Cook


2020 Election Insight

Renowned political analyst Charlie Cook will share analysis, insights and stories about the state of American politics.

Submission Form Open


2020 Harkin on Wellness Report

The Harkin Institute is accepting submissions for the 2020 Harkin on Wellness Report. The theme of this year’s report is Food Is Medicine.

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.