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The Impact of the DeVoe L. Moore Center

The DeVoe L. Moore Center’s study of critical issues in public policy and government regulation aims to educate the general public and legislative officials in identifying problem areas through means of analysis and research. The center has been a leader in its support of pioneering research on public policy, urban development, and economic issues in Florida and the nation since its founding in 1998.

  • Published nearly 40 policy reports, studies, and policy briefs on issues such as government accountability and performance, growth management, affordable housing, impact fees, land conservation, and regional planning councils.

  • Funded more than 33 doctoral dissertation fellowships with former fellows now working for the Florida Legislature, University of Florida, the University of Oklahoma, James Madison University, Ohio University, the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and others.
  • Educated 1,420 students on land use, urban economics, housing, and entrepreneurship worth more 4,875 credit hours of instruction and generating 2,262 written papers (2011-2019).
  • Mentored 106 students through the center’s expansive internship program (2012-2019).
  • Employed 33 undergraduate and graduate students in supervisory roles to manage programs, conduct outreach, design publications, and edit content (2012-2019).
  • Underwritten research and events that have led to nine books published by presses such as Palgrave Macmillan, Cambridge University Press, Michigan State University Press, Ashgate, Edward Elgar, Greenwood Press, and Georgetown University Press.
  • Organized nearly 30 Critical Issues Symposia convening more than 200 of the nation’s top scholars and policymakers on critical policy concerns, including growth management, affordable housing, land-use regulation, water management, and public transit reform.

The center utilizes evidence-based research to provide recommendations and potential solutions to problems for citizens, business leaders, elected officials, and other constituencies. Through the distribution and presentation of found research in the form of publications and interpreted data, the local and national community is able to view and use the center’s research for practical applications and further study. The center’s work is credibly and diligently produced by professional staff and research interns and goes through a rigorous review process.

Strategic Objectives

Planning and outlining goals are a critical part of the center’s research efforts in relation to its success and scope of influence in Florida’s public policy and economic sectors. Embedded in the center’s mission is a business model designed to foster cohesiveness and organization of internal operations while maximizing effectiveness of product output. Interns and professional staff engage in long-term projects which involve extensive research and shaped by five primary objectives:

  • Improving the business climate for private investment in Florida cities, counties, and metropolitan areas
  • Identifying and facilitating the adoption of best practices for local governments focused on promoting economic growth and private investment
  • Developing new policy recommendations that allow local governments to use market-oriented practices to address their critical challenges in Florida and elsewhere
  • Promoting transparency and accountability to improve state and local government efficiency and effectiveness
  • Demonstrating through research and analysis how government regulation influences the incentives to invest and create jobs in local communities

Story-Based Marketing Philosophy

The DeVoe L. Moore Center values and understands the power of story in persuasive writing and effective outreach. The data analytics and public policy groups manage the challenge of interpreting and presenting data and research in a way that makes it understandable to a general audience. The story-telling philosophy of the center encourages forging connections between people and ideas; it is a key way to engage stakeholders and other constituents in the importance of the center’s work and the relevance of the center’s policy solutions and recommendations. This involves persuasive and analytic writing in the form of nontechnical, easy-to-understand language that is jargon free and narrative-based.

Effective Writing and Communication

The DeVoe L. Moore Center is tasked with communicating effectively to its readers, critics, and other analysts about its products and research. This is accomplished through the center’s collective effort in publishing and distributing relevant and noteworthy research. The team of researchers and writers at the center hone their writing skills to a professional standard. In the writing process, several criteria are considered for effective writing:

  • Evidence-based writing in which evidence is used to support claims and/or make arguments
  • Timely and relevant writing that aims to show the occurrence or noteworthiness of a topic or subject matter
  • Insightful and knowledgeable persuasive writing which captures the reader’s interest and fosters productive dialogue and commentary
  • Solution-driven writing which recognizes critical issues and is focused on finding and developing solutions
  • Narrative-based writing which utilizes a journalistic, story-based angle in portraying a particular theme
  • Well sourced writing produced from the gathering and use of reliable and credible sources
  • Pragmatic approach writing which presents matters in a sensible and realistic way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations

The Role of Interns

Interns contribute to the center’s operational success and help shape the center’s future direction through their personal research and writing. As participants in the professional discussion of issues in public policy, interns have the ability and leverage to impact public policy decisions via the center’s think tank platform. Working in a team-oriented environment, interns do more outside of the classroom and have opportunities to present their research to professors, business leaders, elected officials, and their peers. This creates an ecosystem of productive dialogue and engagement in the local business community and the nation at large.

Professional Development

Interns acquire skills and real-world experience while interning at the center. Researching and developing new policy solutions is a hallmark skill interns acquire during the course of their work. Experiential learning activities the center provides, such as writing/editing workshops, seminars on critical issues, and beyond-the-classroom experiences, all supplement interns’ knowledge of public policy topics and encourage critical thinking. Several professional skills interns expect to gain while working with the center are:

  • The ability to work and learn from a team
  • The development of critical thinking skills
  • Modeling real-world applications for economic theories and principles
  • The craft of analytical and research writing

A Lasting Impact

The DeVoe L. Moore Center offers students at Florida State University the opportunity to expand their interests and explore areas in public policy, economics, and government. As a professional working think tank, the center offers students a rewarding experience through activities and initiatives that align with the center’s mission. Upon completion of an internship the student will able to think more critically about public policy issues and develop creative and innovative solutions for tomorrow’s problems.

“The DeVoe L. Moore Center is a fantastic resource for FSU students! Professional development in areas of policy, data analysis, and social entrepreneurship, the DeVoe L. Moore Center is coming through strong!” Kevin Gomez, Economics ‘16, DMC outreach coordinator, August 2015-June 2016, now program manager and instructor, Creighton University, Institute for Economic Inquiry

“The DMC provides students with awesome experience in anything from undergraduate research to on-site evaluations in third world countries. The work I do for the center is built upon my own passion for social entrepreneurship and allows me a ton of flexibility to think and work creatively. I encourage anyone interested in the social sciences to become involved. I wish I had done it sooner!” Selene Capparelli, International Affairs ‘15, social entrepreneurship intern and project manager, Fall 2014-Spring 2016

“My experience in the DeVoe Moore Center is one of the main reasons I’m glad I chose Florida State University. Florida State University provides the opportunities to make the connection between the classroom and the real world.” Dante Grieco, Data Analysis Group (tableau & data visualization)

“The DeVoe L. Moore Center internship provides exceptional experiential learning opportunities for students at Florida State University. Dr. Staley and his staff have flawlessly integrated the interns into the DeVoe L. Moore Center’s daily operations and ensure that the students have high impact experiences. Through these experiences, students are provided with necessary skills and competencies that will aid them in their future endeavors, whether graduate school or employment opportunities.” Rebecca Rykard Lovett, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning and Career Liaison, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy