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Citizen Engagement in Local Government Planning and Finance

Citizen participation in governance is critical to preserving both historic and modern values. While historic legislation, such as the Urban Renewal Act of 1954, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964,…

The Added Value of Experiential Learning

The Added Value of Experiential Learning

Experiential learning courses are a great segue between learning that takes place in the classroom and application of that learning in the real world. We allow students to demonstrate mastery…

Should We Do That? Five Questions to Ask

“Should we do that?” In my years of working with nonprofits, government agencies and community-based networks, I have seen this question ignored or answered with half-truths. When seeking grants, chasing…

When a Local-Gov Manager Leaves

When a Local-Gov Manager Leaves

Local government leaders frequently change jobs. When a manager or department head leaves, a few priorities should be considered. Understanding the priorities will make the transition to a new leader…

Bridging the Separation of Powers

Bridging the Separation of Powers

The separation of powers is a hallmark of democratic systems of government. However, it creates a rivalry between the legislative and executive branches. To keep peace, the two sides take…

New Curriculum Models for STEM Careers

New Curriculum Models for STEM Careers

In 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.6 percent, with almost 15 million people out of work. At the same time, companies began to notice a lack of qualified candidates…

Action Research: Learning By Doing

Action Research: Learning By Doing

Action research, often called participatory research or collaborative inquiry, is more scientific than simple problem-solving. It engages the subjects of research. In the workplace, research action allows employees them to…

Target Practice: Defining Optimal Performance

Target Practice: Defining Optimal Performance

Performance targets are an essential element of any good performance management strategy. If you don’t know what you are aiming for, how will you know when you have hit the…

Good Intentions and Public Policy

Good Intentions and Public Policy

Public policy is a great way to address problems within society. Policymakers come to the table with the best of intentions, in most cases. However, good intentions do not always…

Rookie Review: Lessons From The Hill

Rookie Review: Lessons From The Hill

Recently, I had the opportunity to take a weeklong trip to our nation’s capital with my master’s program. This was my first visit to D.C. and I had all sorts…

Culture and Strategy Drive Government Digital Transformation

Culture and Strategy Drive Government Digital Transformation

A recent survey of nearly 4,800 business executives about the challenges of using digital and social technologies in their organizations shared key points on how to build an effective digital…