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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. …

Introducing Disciplined Agile Delivery to Government Projects and Programs

Introducing Disciplined Agile Delivery to Government Projects and Programs

State and local governments are increasingly adopting Agile project management. However, the lack of staff training and expertise is a barrier to more adoption of Agile for state and local…

The Hill-Burton Act of 1946: America’s First Health Policy

The Hill-Burton Act of 1946: America’s First Health Policy

It is safe to assume that the Hill-Burton Act is a lesser-known policy among the general public, yet it cannot be overlooked in its contribution to the historical record of…

Where to Start the Reform Process and Why We Choose to Ignore the Big Picture

Where to Start the Reform Process and Why We Choose to Ignore the Big Picture

In many developing countries, we devote too much attention to the details of reform and simply ignore the flaws in the big macro picture. We focus on the external façade…

Are We Planning for Future Leadership?

Are We Planning for Future Leadership?

Creating a succession plan with qualified individuals is tantamount to the success of the organization and requires serious consideration for correct implementation.…

How Governments Can Survive Recessions

How Governments Can Survive Recessions

What types of actions can governments take to re-establish or maintain fiscal balance if they are facing shrinking revenue bases and/or increasing spending demands in their external environment?…