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The Failure of Ideology

The Failure of Ideology

The generalization that people and organizations act in their political interest may be true, but predicting what that might mean in practice is impossible, because there are even more political…

The Importance of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The Importance of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Education is not cheap and tuition rates across the country continue to rise every year. For many students like myself, the only way to cover the costs is by taking…

The Personal Accountancy Lens of Society’s Intimate Partner Violence

The Personal Accountancy Lens of Society’s Intimate Partner Violence

In 1994, the federal government officially recognized intimate partner violence (IPV) as a public problem through the Violence Against Women Act and its subsequent regulations and reauthorizations.…

“A Good Read”: The Value of Organizational Reading Lists

“A Good Read”: The Value of Organizational Reading Lists

One challenge faced by public sector leadership is developing the leaders of the future. Most who enter public service enter a specific technical field such as public works, human services…

Evaluation Principles for Veteran-Serving agencies and Veterans Treatment Courts

Evaluation Principles for Veteran-Serving agencies and Veterans Treatment Courts

If reports talk about what agencies are doing, rather than how well the clients are doing, the evaluation may be missing the point. The point is the program is supposed…

After the Storm

After the Storm

The flood waters are starting to recede and roads slowly opening, from the air we can survey the scope of the damage from two monster storms which hit the US…

Values Shape Decisions

Values Shape Decisions

Candidates promising to run government like a business are not new. The first time I heard this promise in a presidential campaign was from Jimmy Carter. After that, I experienced…

Revisiting Change Management

Revisiting Change Management

The fact that change is inevitable and affects all organizations, including those employed by them, means it is still a relevant topic now. Organizations change in response to dynamic operating…

Ten Notable Resources for Local Elected Officials Involved in Cross-Sector Collaboration

Ten Notable Resources for Local Elected Officials Involved in Cross-Sector Collaboration

This list of resources is intended for local elected officials involved in cross-sector collaboration. These cases, tools, scholarly articles and reports tackle topics ranging from mayors and businesses working together…

Good Citizenship Starts Way Before You Can Vote… Make It A Habit

Good Citizenship Starts Way Before You Can Vote… Make It A Habit

We should cultivate good habits, nurture them and discard bad habits. Habits can be constant life companions – both the good ones and the bad ones. Perhaps young people could…

Harvey and Irma: FEMA and The Need to Re-Evaluate America’s Emergency Management Network In The Age Of Climate Change

Harvey and Irma: FEMA and The Need to Re-Evaluate America’s Emergency Management Network In The Age Of Climate Change

It’s 2017 and I believe it is time to rethink our nations’ emergency response apparatus!…