2016 Webinar Archives

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BookTalk: Peak Performance

Dec. 7, 2016
This BookTalk took a close look at Peak Performance by Brian Elms and J.B. Wogan. This fun, easy-to-use guide walks readers through Denver's Peak Academy and discusses how practitioners at all levels can become more efficient and productive—at little or no cost.

Presenters:
Brian Elms, Director, Peak Academy
J.B. Wogan, Governing magazine

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Big Data and Smart Cities Development

Dec. 6, 2016
This webinar explored the meaning and implications of Big Data for city governments and how large- and mid-sized cities in the U.S. are using different types of data and various analytics tools to improve policymaking, program management, service delivery and citizen engagement.

Presenters:
Lilian Coral, City of Los Angeles
Eric Roche, City of Kansas City
Julie Steenson, City of Kansas City
Alfred Ho, Moderator, University of Kansas

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HR2020: Shifting Perspectives

Nov. 3, 2016
HR2020 reports on the challenges and opportunities facing public sector HR professionals. Participants heard from the HR2020 Taskforce about this reports findings, including practical strategies and suggested resources.

Presenters:
Mila Cosgrov, Deputy City Manager, Juneau, AK
Lucinda Meltabarger, Administrator, Human Capital Management Division, State of Oklahoma

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Public Safety Applicant Testing and Assessment

Nov. 3, 2016
This webinar looked at the current state of law enforcement as our presenter shared new initiatives the federal government has published to assist public administrators in modernizing police recruitment and hiring programs. Basic recommendations also apply beyond the scope of police departments, so make sure you spare some time to listen to this topic!

Presenter:
Bruce Henry, Public Safety Applicant and Promotion Process Consultant

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Recent Changes and Pitfalls in Federal Grants

Nov. 2, 2016
Now that OMB's "Super Circular" has been in effect for more than a year, this webinar outlined the most significant changes and how they affect government entities.

Presenter:
Andy Rinzel, BKD

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BookTalk: Designing the New American University

Oct. 27, 2016
Dr. Michael Crow conceived the New American University model when he moved to Arizona State (ASU) in 2002 and ASU has emerged as an international academic and research powerhouse because of it. This BookTalk examines the future evolution of the American research university and interview Dr. Crow about his model.

Presenter:
Dr. Michael Crow, Arizona State University

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Workplace Behavior

Oct. 26, 2016
Workplace behavior and expectations can be tricky to navigate - whether it's your first job or you've been working for years. Each office environment is different. Here are so dos and don'ts to help you out!

Presenter:
Elizabeth Stone, Careers In Nonprofits

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ASPA's New Website: Stepping Into the 21st Century

September 29

This webinar provided ASPA members with an overview of the new website and how to make the most of the resources available. Logging in, registering for events, members-only benefits and more are all covered.

Presenters:

Karen Garrett, ASPA
Erik Bergrud, Park University

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ASPA's New Website: Serving Chapters & Sections

September 26

This webinar provided Chapter and Section leaders and members with an overview of ASPA's new website and how to make the most of the Chapter and Section tools at their disposal.

Presenters:

Karen Garrett, ASPA
Melissa Jun, ASPA

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Government Contracting: Perils, Promises and Perception

September 22

Government contracting has many pitfalls, including becoming involved in procurement corruption. Those who are unfortunate enough to become ensnared in such schemes do not necessarily do so on their own volition; rather it is more likely they are enticed into it through nefarious means. But there are ways to discourage or prevent this from happening. This BookTalk gives you more information about this critical subject.

Presenters:

William Sims Curry

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Collaborators as "Frenemies": How Program Evaluation and Performance Management Fit Together
In Partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance

September 15
Though state employees who focus exclusively on performance measurement hold a variety of posts and utilize their skills differently, program evaluators follow a far more rigorous regimen and adhere to specific standards. How can the two groups work best together and why is there a clear line drawn between them in many circles? This webinar explored this subject.

Presenters:

Rakesh Mohan, (Office of Performance Evaluations in Idaho)
Donald Moynihan (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Jonathan Walters (Author)
Richard Green, Moderator
(CAP Board Member)

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Escaping Jurassic Government

September 15
Don Kettl, in his book, Escaping Jurassic Government, finds that both political parties have contributed to the decline of the Progressive ideal of a commitment to competence. They have both fed gridlock and created a government that does not work the way citizens expect and deserve. Listen to this discussion about this important public administration contribution.

Presenters:

Don Kettl (University of Maryland)
Bill Shields, Moderator (ASPA)

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Rethinking Public Administration: The Case for Management

 

 

August 24
When we think about government, our thoughts are almost invariably about politics. Politicians deserve the attention they get, serving as they do at the top of federal, state and local government. But there is a downside to focusing on politics: we pay little attention to the management of our public institutions. Author Richard Clay Wilson, Jr., a former city manager, argues in this webinar that the career managers who actually operate government entities have the capacity to significantly upgrade governmental performance.

Presenters:

Richard Clay Wilson

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The Fundamentals of Project Management

 

 

August 16
Project management is a position and skill set we often see and hear about, but what is it? Projects are in progress all the time. They are started and they are finished. But what happens in between? How are they planned? How do they compete for resources with other projects? Why are projects completed later than expected? How do they end up over budget? This webinar answered these questions and provided fundamental details for solid project management.

Presenters:

Wayne Brantley, (Villanova)

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Flint: An Engineer's Perspective

 

 

August 2
Flint, Mich., has been in the news for two years as media and policymakers have examined lead levels in the town's water supply. ASPA's professional development webinar series provided a presentation from the Virginia Tech Water Study Team, which has been on the ground in Michigan since the beginning of the crisis. Rebekah Martin, a Ph.D. student working in civil engineering, provided her perspective on where Flint stands today. Take a look at this enlightening presentation and learn current on-the-ground information about where Flint stands.

Presenters:

Rebekah Martin (Virginia Tech Water Study Team)

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Navigating an Era of Evolving Partnerships

July 26 
In this webinar, participants will gain a strong understanding of each tactic discussed, as well as the challenges they are likely to encounter during implementation. They will also consider reflective questions to guide partners throughout implementation, in addition to a curated list of high quality resources that provide detailed guidance, exercises, tools, templates and more to assist practitioners on their collaborative journey. 

Presenters:

The Intersector Project 

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Lessons Learned from International Leaders in Performance and Results Management

July 14
Brought to you by the Center for Accountability and Performance Management (CAP), this webinar was about performance management around the world. Performance management has grown internationally, but in many different ways. What are other countries and cities around the world doing and how do they compare to what is being done in the U.S.? This webinar explored current and past performance management practices, explained how other countries have applied them and offered insights and potential ideas for your agency, state or city.

Presenters:

Kate Josephs (U.S. Performance Improvement Council)
Robert Taliercio (World Bank)
John Kamensky, Moderator (IBM Center for the Business of Government)

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BookTalk: Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy

July 12, 2016
Written by two leaders in the field, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy explores the theory and practice of public participation in decisionmaking and problemsolving. It examines how public participation developed over time to include myriad thick, thin and conventional opportunities, occurring in both face-to-face meetings and online settings. It also offers a practical framework for thinking about how to engage citizens effectively, clear explanations of participation scenarios, tactics and design, as well as providing a sensible approach for reshaping our participation infrastructure to meet the needs of public officials and citizens.

Presenters:

Matt Leighninger
Tina Nabatchi


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Four Key Approaches for Effective Data-Driven Decisionmaking

June 23, 2016
Failure to use performance information can hinder government leaders’ ability to achieve critical results. In recent years, government leaders at all levels have begun adopting regular, data-driven reviews as a way to increase using performance information to guide decisionmaking. Through these reviews, leaders can identify and correct performance problems and make better decisions. This webinar will help you think about how you can put data to work for your organization.

Presenters:

Elizabeth Curda (Government Accounting Office)
Benjamin Licht (Government Accounting Office)
Adam Miles (Government Accounting Office)

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BookTalk: Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans

June 22, 2016
We live in the age of Computer Business Systems (CBSs)—highly complex, computer-intensive management programs on which large organizations increasingly rely. In Mindless, and in this webinar, Simon Head argues that these systems have come to trump human expertise, dictating the goals and strategies of a wide array of businesses, and de-skilling the jobs of middle class workers in the process.

Presenters:

Simon Head
Neal Buckwalter
 

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BookTalk: American Politics in the Age of Ignorance

June 21, 2016
Increasingly, lawmakers feel their way through policy deliberations, letting their emotions drive their decisionmaking. When they do use data to make decisions, they choose sources they know will support their beliefs. Why is this? Personal preferences? An overflow of information? Is a personal agenda or a district project driving their choices? This webinar looked at decisionmaking and the effects belief-based decisions have on the state of public administration, as dissected in David Schultz's book, American Politics in the Age of Ignorance.

Presenter:

David Schultz (Hamlin University)

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Managing Technology Risks - Cybersecurity and Beyond

June 16, 2016
While there are specific benefits to implementing the latest technological innovations, like most organizations, government agencies face challenges managing the risks associated. A new report from Rutgers University details the problems of juggling technology's benefits in the face of cybersecurity, legal, operational, financial, reputational and societal risks and recommends top municipal officials create and maintain an environment of “technological proficiency” to manage such risks. This webinar reviewed the critical elements associated with establishing technological proficiency in your organization.

Presenter:

Marc Pfeiffer (Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Rutgers University)

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The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing

June 7, 2016
Previously presented in early 2015, this webinar introduced participants to the world of grant writing and focused on the opportunities and challenges of writing grant proposals. From concept development to project deliverables, our speaker looked at issues related to project design, implementing workflow processes, developing budgets and budget justification, and other major components of developing a successful grant proposal.

Presenter:

Joseph Holland (University of Mississippi)

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BookTalk: Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship

May 12, 2016
Pulled Over deftly traces the strange history of the investigatory police stop, from its discredited beginning as “aggressive patrolling” to its current status as accepted institutional practice. Drawing on the richest study of police stops to date, authors Charles Epp, Donald Haider-Markel and Steven Maynard-Moody show that who is stopped and how they are treated convey powerful messages about citizenship and racial disparity in the U.S. This BookTalk discussed this data and its ramifications.

Presenters:

Charles Epp (Professor, University of Kansas)
Donald Haider-Markel (Professor and Chair, Political Science, University of Kansas)
Steven Maynard-Moody (Professor, University of Kansas)

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Implementing Performance Measurement Initiatives: A Local and Global Perspective

May 5, 2016
The use of performance measurement enables public organizations to provide services with improved efficiency, as well as increasing transparency and accountability toward citizen stakeholders. Much of the emphasis has focused on developing measures in public and nonprofit organizations but implementation issues need to be considered as well. This webinar discussed the critical success factors for implementing performance measurement initiatives at various levels of government.

Presenters:

Marc Holzer (Rutgers University-Newark)
Prajapati Trivedi (Indian School of Business)
Michael Ward (Collins Center Government Analytics Program)

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Veterans Policy Field of Study

March 30, 2016
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Policy and Planning is taking steps toward encouraging and supporting an academic- and research-focused Veterans Policy Field of Study for issues of strategic importance affecting veterans and their families. Such a field of study would help drive evidence-based actions around the myriad challenges affecting the lives of veterans and their families, create a comprehensive view of these issues and inform stakeholder investments. This webinar looked at the Field of Study with a special focus on the relationship between the practitioner and scholar. VA experts also highlighted their research priorities and areas where academics and practitioners can collaborate.

Presenters:

Raun Lazier (Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Policy and Planning)
Nathan Williamson (Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Policy and Planning) 

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BookTalk: The Craft of Public Administration

March 3, 2016
The Craft of Public Administration is not just a textbook; it is a concise, current, down-to-earth text that introduces readers to the dynamics of the public sector. The 11th edition was released in March 2016 and authors John Rouse and C. Kenneth Meyer provided BookTalk participants with one of the first looks at this newest version.

Presenters:

John Rouse C.
Kenneth Meyer


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The Sherlock Holmes Approach to Government

February 25, 2016
As state and local governments have been operating with limited resources, the job of most policymakers boils down to making tough choices. Using rigorous evidence to help make these decisions can help reach better results by funding programs that are proven. How does so-called "evidence-based policymaking" work? What are the challenges to this approach? Is there reason to believe evidence is genuinely one way to accomplish government's work most efficiently and effectively? The panel for this webinar, led by Gary VanLandingham, director of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Results First Initiative, delved into these questions and more.

Presenters:

Gary VanLandingham (Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative)
Toby Barker (State Representative, Mississippi)
Richard Green, Moderator (ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance)

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Equity in Public Administration: The Case of Public Transit

February 10, 2016
Social equity: what is it? How is it defined? Why does it matter? This webinar discussed the difficulty of measuring equity in public administration by focusing on the role of social equity in public transit. Beginning with measurements of equity and modern technology challenges and opportunities, presenters Olga Smirnova and Gerard Wellman also looked at results of qualitative interviews with public transit administrators to discuss how equity is perceived and operationalized. This, Olga and Gerard argued, revolves around the administrators’ personal characteristics and their beliefs about environmental justice, economic development and perceived stigma of transit usage.

Presenters:

Olga Smirnova (East Carolina University)
Gerard Wellman (California State University Stanislaus)

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BookTalk: Leading and Innovating with Meaning, The OPA! Way

February 3, 2016
More studies are highlighting the challenge of engagement in government: how a person is connecting with their work, meeting the demands of the job, leading others and leading the modernization of the public service in order to meet its goals and priorities. Ultimately, everyone wants to know they are making a meaningful contribution and their work matters. Leading & Innovating with Meaning, The OPA! Way offers a proven formula, enlightened pathways and practical techniques on the emerging hot topic of "meaning." This BookTalk examined how public administrators can find deeper meaning in what they do, meaningfully engage those with whom they work and serve and build organizations that make a positive, meaningful difference in the world. We'll also look at the core lessons about meaning, which are grounded in and inspired by Greek philosophy, mythology and culture, and backed by years of empirical research and experience in the area.

Presenter:

Alexander Patakos, Ph.D.

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Tactics for Successful Cross-Sector Collaborations

January 27, 2016
Through research into cross-sector collaborations around the country, The Intersector Project—a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower practitioners in the business, government and nonprofit sectors to collaborate to solve problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone— has drawn insights into how public administrators are uniquely positioned to drive these partnerships. During this webinar, The Intersector Project shared tactics from its Toolkit for Intersector Collaboration and two experienced public sector practitioners discussed how they have applied these tactics in their work. This online learning experience is designed for public administrators who are interested in learning and discussing successful strategies for cross-sector collaborations.

Presenters:

Neil Britto (The Intersector Project)
Cheryl Hilvert (Management and Leadership Consultant)
Stephen Rolandi (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)

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