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Responding and Adapting to a New Normal: An MPA Student’s Perspective

Responding and Adapting to a New Normal: An MPA Student’s Perspective

While the decision to promote teleworking and virtual classes was made with the health and wellbeing of the students and faculty in mind, it is difficult to process the changes…

Is Africa prepared for the Coronavirus?

Is Africa prepared for the Coronavirus?

Africa not only needs to be prepared for the Coronavirus; she needs to be prepared to provide a good healthcare system for her people. …

The Folly of Limiting Terms of the People’s Elected Representatives

The Folly of Limiting Terms of the People’s Elected Representatives

This article explores a concept that has been often proposed as a, “Democratic reform,” but is actually anti-democratic at its core when applied to legislative bodies. That concept is known…

Public Interest vs. Elected Leaders’ Interest in Staying in Power

Public Interest vs. Elected Leaders’ Interest in Staying in Power

“Public interest,” and, “Public value,” are both very elusive concepts that have puzzled a lot of politicians, public administrators and citizens alike.…

Flu Fighters: Public Service Heroes

Flu Fighters: Public Service Heroes

In this article, we discuss the federal and state efforts, often linked and aligned, to combat the COVID-19 scourge and put it behind us. Thank you to the public service…

What Is Citizenship, and What Fruits Can It Bear?

What Is Citizenship, and What Fruits Can It Bear?

What is citizenship? Here we will explore three defining components—public participation (P2), education and community—and how these things come together synergistically to support the resolution of governmental and societal issues.…

Seeking Value, Not Rent, in Government Data Monetization

Seeking Value, Not Rent, in Government Data Monetization

Selling data is a prospect that local governments should remain open to. By keeping their focus on the broader value that economies of data can generate for society, cities can…

Ask the Front-line Workers—Military Lessons for Strategies in Human Services

Ask the Front-line Workers—Military Lessons for Strategies in Human Services

There is a critical role for people on the ground who are at the front-lines of services and in the cities and villages where stability is achieved—or isn’t. Front line…

Lean: A Management Trifecta for the Public Sector

Lean: A Management Trifecta for the Public Sector

Lean process improvement principles and techniques are more than a set of tools that identify and eliminate waste and improve value. They’re a perspective, a way of thinking and a…

Puppet Shows and Program Evaluation: Leveraging University Partnerships to Increase Civic Capacity

Puppet Shows and Program Evaluation: Leveraging University Partnerships to Increase Civic Capacity

Over the course of a semester, a team of four students worked with the Houston Fire Department to evaluate the effectiveness of their public safety programs. …

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