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Discussing Controversial Issues in Public Policy Graduate Courses

Many graduate students—particularly new students who may or may not have had direct public work experience—must learn to engage in discussions on controversial or sensitive public policy issues. …

Research to Practice: How Cross-Sector Partnerships Lead to Stronger Volunteer Programs

Research to Practice: How Cross-Sector Partnerships Lead to Stronger Volunteer Programs

An article recently published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, “Structures, Challenges, and Successes of Volunteer Programs Co-managed by Nonprofit and Public Organizations,” takes a close look at successful cross-sector partnerships…

Senior Justice: Elder Courts

Senior Justice: Elder Courts

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Americans age 65 and over is projected to double to approximately 83.7 million people by 2050. The surge of this age…

Performance and Structure

Performance and Structure

The responsibility of managers – perhaps the most important responsibility – is to ensure and improve both individual and organizational performance. There are many ways to improve performance. One often…

A Reflection on Political Change and the Road Forward

A Reflection on Political Change and the Road Forward

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Ben Tafoya November 22, 2016 As I reflect upon…

Accountability for Social Equity in Policing

Accountability for Social Equity in Policing

Citizen groups, political leaders, and law enforcement agencies have argued that reform is warranted given issues of racial profiling; lack of racial representativeness; and poor community relationships. Depending on locale,…

Collaborative Governance: San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center

Collaborative Governance: San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center

San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center is now under construction in the city's Financial District. Financing, design, construction, and operation is the responsibility of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority. State law…

Improving Government: Five Stories from Four States

Improving Government: Five Stories from Four States

What do five state and city government organizations in common? Their leaders all share a desire to deliver greater value to their customers while better engaging their employees. Why would…

The Role of Volunteers in Public Service Delivery

The Role of Volunteers in Public Service Delivery

The engagement of volunteer resources is largely done in a haphazard manner. There is a lack of understanding about the tremendous contributions and self-sacrifice made by volunteers.…

Developing a New Black Agenda

This is the 21st century and African-Americans must not be afraid to have an agenda like the Hispanic and LGBTQ communities. We must be willing to speak up and out…

Social Infrastructure and Community Well-Being

Social Infrastructure and Community Well-Being

In the past, the urban planning and development of city communities have largely focused on “hard" infrastructures. But as city communities across the nation begin to experience increased population growth,…