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Follow the Performance Metrics

Follow the Performance Metrics

Creating good measures of performance in public organizations can be tricky. If managers overemphasize quantity of output when assessing employees’ productivity, employees can grow disillusioned and let the quality of…

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

It has become increasingly common to associate the phrase, “Kick the can down the road,” with lawmakers at all levels of government when dealing with budget shortfalls, mounting public debt…

Are We Thinking About Infrastructure?

Are We Thinking About Infrastructure?

A critical and often neglected component of our profession is infrastructure. While we are knowledgeable about the proper actions to take regarding infrastructure, more attention is needed towards the thinking…

Volunteering During A Disaster

Volunteering During A Disaster

American’s desire to volunteer post-disaster goes back to the very founding of this nation. There are a variety of ways for volunteers to help out after a disaster has hit.…

Financial Condition and Population Decline: The Challenge in Attracting Residents

Financial Condition and Population Decline: The Challenge in Attracting Residents

Shrinking cities are under pressure by their state governments to remain solvent. This has led to an increasing reliance on non-governmental entities to provide important community services—but is this sustainable…

Political Will: An Indication For Autocracy or a Scapegoat?

Political Will: An Indication For Autocracy or a Scapegoat?

Authority, vision and commitment—also known as political will—are needed in enacting reforms to public policies. Yet to what extent is political will a scapegoat? And to what extent is it…

Setting a Vision: A Lesson from History

Setting a Vision: A Lesson from History

President Woodrow Wilson failed in his vision to create the League of Nations that he felt would serve as a bulwark to future world wars. Yet Wilson’s historical failure provides…

In Search of Ethics of Character Over Conduct

In Search of Ethics of Character Over Conduct

Governmental ethics center on transparency with the assumption that transparency will lead to accountability. It’s not a bad goal. The problem is that good conduct is not necessarily an indicator…

Ethical Walls

Ethical Walls

We must understand ethics even when choices seem to contradict our personal beliefs or instincts, especially when working with clients and community partners. …

Pencils and Parking Tickets: The Potential of Donations-For-Fines Programs

Pencils and Parking Tickets: The Potential of Donations-For-Fines Programs

Although they may be viewed as a novelty, recent donations-for-fines programs have the potential to simultaneously address two problematic issues: funding for K-12 education and social equity in civil fines…