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Evidence Based Decision Making: Regression and Discretion

Evidence Based Decision Making: Regression and Discretion

Good governance of public goods takes on different shapes at the local, state and federal levels of government. However, one thing that remains the same is that there are times…

A Getting Well Card for Survey Research

A Getting Well Card for Survey Research

It has been a hard run for survey research what with the underestimate of Trump support in key Midwestern states and misses for Brexit. With these misses comes a…

Thinking Strategically in the Cyber Domain

Thinking Strategically in the Cyber Domain

Holding people accountable by measuring performance has almost become a daily routine for public administrators and it has been embedded in federal organization’s business processes and policies. Despite this, resistance…

Reducing Voluntary Program Administrative Burden: Lessons from the National Organic Program

Reducing Voluntary Program Administrative Burden: Lessons from the National Organic Program

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization.  By David Carter October 3, 2017 Voluntary programs are a…

The Eighteenth Amendment

The Eighteenth Amendment

The Eighteenth Amendment to our Constitution brought us many things. Many of the problems rural white Protestants looked to solve were amplified further. Instead, the newly industrialized metropolis’ proved to…

Community Policing and Public Safety

Community Policing and Public Safety

Community policing is a local government innovation that promises to increase public safety and trust in police. It is a program, or set of programs, increasingly used by local governments…

Making the Most of Undergraduate Public Administration

Making the Most of Undergraduate Public Administration

I ask my students, do you know what PA is? Some speculate it has something to do with politics. Others look at the text and affirm it has something to…

The Changing Face of U.S. Military Service

The Changing Face of U.S. Military Service

As our world and country changes so will our military to reflecting our society and the ever-changing world.…

Workman’s Compensation

Workman’s Compensation

Worker’s compensation programs in the U.S. began at the end of the nineteenth century, when being injured on the job meant accruing expensive medical bills while losing the means to…

Co-opting Civic Tech

Co-opting Civic Tech

The blueprint for effective public service is a moving target. Definitions of efficiency change from era to era and are often impersonal. Technology is that way. Each time we believed…

IT Does Matter

IT Does Matter

In each sector, information technology (IT) plays a vital role in driving innovation to potentially maximize profit as well as reduce cost. Indeed, is IT a strategic tool for innovation,…