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Improving Employee Engagement in State Government

Improving Employee Engagement in State Government

The state of Michigan recently released the results of its 2018 engagement survey of state employees. Michigan has conducted six surveys since 2012, as a key part of its long-term…

Connecticut Crisis: The Problem with Deficits and Denial

Connecticut Crisis: The Problem with Deficits and Denial

Budgets are simply fiscal projections of anticipated revenues and expenditures over a selected period of time. Deficits occur when these two elements do not align. Balancing the budget with revenue…

A Move Towards Cultural Humility in the Public Sector

A Move Towards Cultural Humility in the Public Sector

Public sector personnel must operate in an increasingly diverse and socially complex society. The rapid growth of multicultural, multi-lingual low-income children and families warrants a culturally responsive public sector. The…

Revisions to CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Could Hinder Developing Collaboration

Revisions to CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Could Hinder Developing Collaboration

In November 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) instituted an emergency preparedness rule (the rule) issuing specific preparedness requirements for which 17 different types of health care…

The Academy and Hiring Parity for Graduates of Online Programs

The Academy and Hiring Parity for Graduates of Online Programs

The academic world encourages employers and students to consider the online degree in parity with traditional “bricks and mortar” programs. Until the academy gives this same acceptance to considering graduates…

Book Review: “City on the Line”

Book Review: “City on the Line”

When I consider the changes Fort Collins has gone through in recent history, one of the most transformational was our shift to budgeting for outcomes (BFO) in 2005.…

Wealth and Government

Wealth and Government

Conservatives and liberals both assert that the United States is a rich country, and that this is a good thing, even if they have trouble finding much to agree about.…

Public Administrators: Micro and Social Learning Modes a Two-Dimensional Approach for Employee Professional Development

Public Administrators: Micro and Social Learning Modes a Two-Dimensional Approach for Employee Professional Development

Professional development directors and managers in the public sector strive to provide their workforces with training so they acquire new skill sets and amplify existing ones. However, there is an…

Practical Comparative Public Administration: Apples and Oranges

Practical Comparative Public Administration: Apples and Oranges

When engaged in comparative public administration, consider BOTH the similarities and the differences. Try to find what you can from other organizations and other disciplines. You may find some aspects…

The Power of the Pause

The Power of the Pause

We all will make mistakes. Acting more deliberately by pausing before acting can minimize them.…

Replication and Scaling Up: Using Process Evaluation to Understand Why Social Programs Do or Do Not Work

Replication and Scaling Up: Using Process Evaluation to Understand Why Social Programs Do or Do Not Work

Although process and outcome evaluation differ, they serve complementary purposes. When social programs achieve positive outcomes, it helps to understand which activities and characteristics contribute to success. Similarly, it is…

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