From Idea to Action
Day One Project Accelerators are six-to-nine week part-time sprints that help each participant transform their exciting proposal for progress in science and technology into an actionable policy memo.
The accelerator process connects people with ideas to training in policy entrepreneurship, and with access to the tools, mindsets, and networks that can shape ideas into reality. Much like venture-capital accelerators for products, Day One policy accelerators provide the scaffolding — the knowledge, platform, network, and sweat equity — to mobilize expertise into action. Accelerator participants, selected through periodic open calls for submissions, receive comprehensive support from the Day One team that includes:
- Virtual whiteboarding sessions to workshop ideas and engage in policy design sessions.
- One-on-one pairings with an experienced policymaker who serves as a resource and mentor during the proposal development and implementation stages.
- Access to policy toolkits, workbooks, technical editing, and other resources to ensure a compelling final written product.
- Exclusive Q&A and learning sessions with policy advisors and subject-matter experts in and outside of the federal government.
- Idea exchanges and social events to build community with members of the accelerator cohort.
Our goal is to democratize the policy process, so no prior policy expertise is required. Over 100 individuals — activists and CEOs, tenured professors and undergraduates, early-career researchers and chief technology officers, junior and senior government personnel — have completed the Accelerator process and now pursue the implementation of their ideas as a policy entrepreneur.
“As a graduate student studying public policy, I found that the Day One Project did a brilliant job of concisely distilling and substantiating in 9 weeks some of the most important lessons I’d learned over the course of a year. More importantly, they took these lessons three steps further by adding practical insights on the reality of policy entrepreneurship, by having us test and refine our ideas with our cohort and seasoned policymakers, and by pushing us to publish and implement our proposals.”
“I feel I have a much clearer vision of how the government operates and how we can make things happen in the nation. The guidance helps not only to push forward new policy but also how I apply for grants at NSF and how I integrate policy discussions in my research papers (which can help me to ensure i have much better impact)”
“The Day One accelerator took me from 0 to 100 in 9 weeks: Literally from zero knowledge about policy-making to feeling very confident about what I need to do to affect it. The knowledge alone is just one part, and the hard work lies ahead, but Day One was superb at conveying the knowledge, and also in showing how within reach policy influence could be.”
“This was a fantastic experience. I teach graduate students about US information and telecommunications policy and the opportunity to share what I’ve been working on with them and to bring in some of the lessons I’ve learned about writing about policy in a concise and persuasive way was awesome. I appreciate the resources that your team has developed and the time you spent to think with me about developing a coherent proposal. I learned a great deal from the guests, too.”