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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…

Congrats Graduate! Now What?

You have just earned your graduate degree in public administration or public policy. Now what? Regardless if you are new to the workforce, a midcareer professional or a retiree making…

Positioning Procurement Management to Support Enterprise Goals

Public servants, whether at the federal, state or local level, recognize the risks and opportunities inherent in contracting for goods or services. Yet, evidence suggests they do not give a…

Collaborative Decision-Making to End Child Poverty

Children are the future” has become an axiom. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 16 million children in the United States live in families with incomes below…

Whose Data?

Whose Data?

It is well-known that the pursuit of performance information can be perceived as threatening, risky or even scary. Governments see the promise of harnessing data to manage and improve their…

Community Fiscal Conditions and Cost Drivers

Many cities are beginning the process of budget planning and forecasting. Although aggregate economic research may be useful in understanding basic trends and cost drivers, it is important to note…