The US House of Representatives was not successful in passing a bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. This is being portrayed as a failure of policy and leadership, with blame leaving virtually no person, party, or organization in Washington unscathed. At the same time, there is a general consensus that partsContinue reading “The politics of listening”
I am launching a new idea, a new concept that marries the practice of community-engaged research with the social and innovation process of crowdsourcing. My research question is this: How do we create more civically healthy communities? This is an initiative driven by my receipt of an inaugural Reach for the Stars research award fromContinue reading “Crowdresearching: How to Create Civically Healthy Communities”
In spring 2013, students in PAD 6825 (Cross-Sector Governance) completed a service learning porject to evaluate the parntership formation in five Together for Tomorrow cities. They conducted telephone interviews with lead agencies in each city, VISTA members, school officials, and community partners to ascertain the processes employed to develop partnerships and utilize AmeriCorps VISTA resources.Continue reading “Together for Tomorrow: An Assessment of Partnership Formation”
With pressures to both develop skills necessary for an emerging job market and to develop strong, active, and ethical citizens, higher education institutions are facing a period reform. This article presents a case study of an academic center that strives, as part of its mission, to cultivate civically healthy communities through strategic university-community partnerships. Specifically,Continue reading “Fighting Poverty with a Passion and a University Partner”
I am happy to share an article that is forthcoming in Journal of Public Affairs Education. This also serves as the foundation for a larger book project. I welcome your thoughts. Download the article here. Below is an excerpt and one of the descriptive figures that form the core of the argument. The aim in thisContinue reading “Beyond Job Creation and Service Learning: Putting the Public Back in Public Affairs Education”
Please download the annual report (click here: 2013%20PA%20Focus-CPNM-7-11-13-CPNM) for the UCF Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.
In the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida, we strive to achieve impact through our research. To that end, I have developed a framework for assessing impact, along with process and outputs. What do you think? Have you seen other models?
The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida signed a contract this week with the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT) to manage and evaluate a program called Walking School Bus. This program will work with schools, parents, community volunteers, and elementary school kids within the 9-county DOT district to setup safe walking routesContinue reading “When Was the Last Time You Took Your School Bus for a Walk?”
Over the past year-plus, I have had the pleasure of working with some exemplary leaders in government, nonprofit, school, and faith-based organizations, ranging from the White House down to a local church. Download my report on the local pilot project, one of the first in the nation, that sought to join together faith-based and communityContinue reading “Interfaith School Turnaround Pilot Project/Together for Tomorrow”
Okay, so, a new U.S. Office of Public Participation (OPP) has not actually been created, but should it be? What could we do with a “Comptroller General for Civic Engagement,” appointed by the President for a 15 year term, like the Comptroller General of the United States in the Government Accountability Office (GAO)? Non-partisan (orContinue reading “NEWS FLASH: U.S. Office of Public Participation Created”