Policy Destination Area
The Science, Technology & Engineering in Policy (STEP) program is a product of Virginia Tech’s Policy Destination Area (DA). The DA is part of the Beyond Boundaries initiative at Virginia Tech. Destination Areas integrate natural strengths at the university with novel and innovative strategies to solve local, regional and global problems.
The Policy DA serves as a dynamic space for faculty and students developing novel approaches to policy development, implementation, and analysis to address complex decisions across multiple settings. Working at the intersection of scientific evidence, governance, and analysis, Policy DA affiliates translate scholarship to practice and examine the interplay between the two.
The research and scholarship, curriculum development, and community engagement efforts of the Policy DA are guided by a Stakeholder Committee and its working committees as well as collaborations with other DAs. The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) is the administrative home of the Policy DA.