Dr. Beverly A. Cigler, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Penn State Harrisburg, and NAPA Fellow, is the recipient of the 2015 Leslie A. Whittington Award for Teaching Excellence, given by NASPAA, the membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. NASPAA’s nearly 300 members are located across the U.S. and in 14 countries around the globe.
ASPA/SIAM member Cheryl A. Camillo (UMBC) is spending the 2015-2016 academic year at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in Saskatchewan, Canada on a Fulbright Fellowship. A scholar-practitioner, Camillo will be performing a case study of how multiple levels of government within the province partner to monitor the health of the provincial population with the aim of identifying lessons for U.S. states. Earlier this summer, Ms. Camillo published a think piece in Governing.com on the U.S. public’s mindset toward government aid programs. Members interested in collaborating or learning more about her research can contact her at email@example.com.
Harry P. Hatry recently authored a report for the Urban Institute entitled Transforming Performance Measurements for the 21st Century. The abstract and full report can be found at http://www.urban.org/research/publication/transforming-performance-measurement-21st-century
Arizona State University’s Center for Urban Innovation and Brookings Institution Releases Report on the Trending Effects of New Technologies for Local Governments
Kevin DeSouza, David Swindell, and Kendra Smith at ASU’s Center for Urban Innovation co-authored a new Brookings Institution titled “Local Government 2035: Strategic Trends and Implications of New Technologies. Technological change is increasingly disruptive and destabilizing. In order to maintain effective governance systems, public sector entities must overcome stagnant tendencies and take a proactive stance—acting in the face of impending technological innovations. Future government entities must evolve into lean, responsive, and adaptive organizations capable of rapid response to societal shifts. The report illustrates how technological advancements, such as the proliferation of drone technologies, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and peer-2-peer services, will introduce data privatization challenges and destabilize existing governance systems. In order to maintain effective service delivery, public sector entities must increasingly consider the ramifications technology will have on income inequality, fragile and conflict states, and immigration—just to name a few. Those interested can access it at http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2015/05/29-local-government-strategic-trends-desouza
A research article titled “Making meaningful commitments: Accounting for variation in cities’ investments of staff and fiscal resources to sustainability”, by Christopher V. Hawkins (UCF), Rachel M. Krause (KU), Richard C. Feiock (FSU) and Cali Curley (IUPU), has been published on the Urban Studies OnlineFirst webpage.
The National Association of State Procurement Officials, Inc. (NASPO) announced on February 27 that the Willamette Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University, Salem OR has been selected to receive the first grant awarded under its Academic Research Program. NASPO’s Academic Research Program seeks to stimulate research on state government and public procurement issues.
The program supports research projects that are relevant to public procurement practices, public procurement policy (specifically at the state level), state government operations, and the significance of federal policy on state government operations. Research grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. Professors Kawika Pierson and Fred Thompson will carry out the NASPO funded research project, which focuses on the procurement of IT systems by state tax-collecting agencies.
Prof. Frances Berry was appointed as the Reubin O’D Askew Eminent Scholar in November 2014. Prof. Berry is faculty member of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.