Learn the latest public administration news in today's edition of The Bridge!

September 27, 2017

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In This Issue:

Slate of Candidates for Fall Election Announced

ASPA is pleased to announce the following candidates have been chosen by the Nominating Committee to have their names on this year's election ballot:

District 1
Maria D'Agostino
Dennis Martino

District 2
Jasper Cox
Diane M. Disney

District 3
Thomas Barth
Louie Moore

District 4
Stephen Kleinschmit

District 5
Richard Gregory Johnson, III
Aziza Zemrani

Student Representative
Christopher Pierce
Tyler Sova

Vice President
Richard Keevey
Thomas Stanton
Kendra Stewart

Should any other members wish to petition to have a name added to the ballot, please contact ASPA chief of program operations Lisa Sidletsky for more information.

This year's election will begin Nov. 7. More details about each of these candidates will be released throughout October and all ballots will be due by Dec. 1, 2017. Contact Lisa Sidletsky with any questions.

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Annual Conference Update: Call for Proposals Closed, Other Opportunities Still Open

More than 700 proposals were submitted during this year's Call for Proposals, which determines the sessions that will be presented at the Annual Conference, taking place in Denver, March 9-13, 2018. While we will not be able to find space for all of the proposals that were submitted, this year's conference will feature more than 160 sessions, providing opportunities for fresh ideas as attendees discuss mission, service and innovation in public administration.

While we will not be able to announce presenters until mid-November, there are still many ways in which all of those who are interested can get involved in this year's event!

Founders' Fellows Application Open Through Oct. 13

The annual Founders' Fellows program is accepting applications for the next several weeks, offering young public administrators and scholars the opportunity to join the ranks of rising stars in the discipline as they are paired with mentors, present research at the conference and take part in this rigorous program that will prime them for a stellar career in the coming years. Just some of the benefits Fellows will receive include:

  • Complimentary attendance at the Annual Conference, where they present their research
  • Complimentary hotel accommodations in Denver
  • A mentorship with a senior mentor who is matched with each Fellow, based on academic and professional interests, to provide professional development
  • Tailored professional development webinars that address their specific educational and professional needs

More than 100 individuals have started an application for this program. Make sure you begin yours today and complete it by Oct. 13. Visit our website for more information.

Annual Awards Recognize Discipline's Driving Forces

Each year ASPA conveys more than 20 national awards, honoring public officials, scholars, civil servants and nonprofit experts for their work in serving the public good. This year will continue this important tradition and nomination forms are now available.

Who do you know who has:

  • Held a distinguished career in public service
  • Made tremendous scholarly contributions
  • Advocated for social equity in public administration
  • Successfully bridged the gap as both an academic and a public administrator or
  • Otherwise exhibited excellence in the field?

This year's conference will provide the perfect opportunity to recognize such individuals for their service and scholarship as we honor more than 30 individuals for their achievements. Just a few of the awards to be presented include:

  • Public Integrity Award
  • National Public Service Award
  • Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Nesta M. Gallas Award
  • Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award

Remember: ASPA membership is not a pre-requisite to be honored with an ASPA award. Colleagues, friends, practitioners and academics are all eligible to be recognized. Review ASPA's Awards Program details and begin work on your nomination/submission today!

All awards submissions are due by Oct. 27, 2017. Contact ASPA events director Asmait Tewelde with any questions or for more information.

Registration is open!

Of course, the best way to get involved in the 2018 conference is to register and secure your hotel room! You have one more month to register under ASPA's discounted early-bird rate before the prices go up on Oct. 28. If you know you will be in Denver this March, register now and get that task off your to-do list. (Conference proposal submitters, take note of this deadline as you will NOT be notified of your acceptance before the early-bird rate expires. Contact us with questions.)

You can also check off your hotel reservation! The hotel link is now live and you can book your room at the Hyatt Denver whenever you're ready. Visit our website for more information.

Take advantage of the many ways in which you can get involved in the 2018 Annual Conference and plan now to connect with your peers in person this March!

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Webinars, BookTalks and Student Series on the Horizon

ASPA's professional development webinars are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per webinar and free to ASPA members, these e-learning opportunities provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay in the loop about all upcoming webinars, BookTalks and Student Series.

Sustainable Procurement: Enhancing Residents' Quality of Life through Procurement
Oct. 10 | 1 p.m. ET
Shawn Postera, Multnomah County
Evelyn Trammell, City of Sunny Isles Beach and Florida International University
Ana-Maria Dimand, Florida International University
Mohamad G. Alkadry, Moderator University of Connecticut

Governments procure public goods and services. Sustainable procurement policies allow governments to buy ethically sourced goods and services, and allows government to reap from its procurement programs social, economic and ethical benefits for the taxpayers. During this webinar, panelists will focus on three aspects of sustainable procurement: healthy procurement, social equity procurement and green procurement.

Student Webinar: Incorporating Difficult Conversations in PA Courses
Oct. 18 | 1 p.m. ET
Mary Guy, University of Colorado Denver
Shannon Portillo, University of Kansas
Steven Maynard-Moody, University of Kansas
Tia Sheree Gaynor, Moderator, Marist College

This webinar will focus on how to incorporate uncomfortable conversations (e.g. equity issues or specialized topics like criminal justice, environmental issues etc.) into mainstream public administration classes, as well as the creation of special topics courses.

BookTalk: Policymaking for Citizen Behavior Change: A Social Marketing Approach
Nov. 15 | 1 p.m. ET
Nancy Lee, International Academy of Interfaith Studies

Social marketing is a discipline unfamiliar to many policymakers, often confused with the more frequently applied and studied fields of social media, behavioral economics or social change. It is a growing field and methodology, however, that has been successfully applied to improve public health, prevent injuries, protect the environment, engage communities and improve financial well-being. Policymaking for Citizen Behavior Change is designed to demonstrate the ways in which social marketing can be an effective and efficient tool to change citizens' behavior and how to advocate for and support its appropriate application.

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Focus on Membership: The Value of Ethics

One of the most valuable and unsung member benefits ASPA offers is its Code of Ethics. Offering eight tenets that encapsulate public servants' ethical considerations, the Code provides you with a solid source for ethical guidance in the public sphere.

Students use the Code to familiarize themselves with new definitions of what being ethical (or unethical) means in public service. Those new to the discipline use the Code to challenge practice where it meets theory as they start in their public administration career. Tenured administrators and scholars use the Code as a benchmark for behavior they witness in the workplace.

Have you reviewed the Code of Ethics recently? Take a look and see how you stack up! Here are some helpful links to send you down the right paths:

Contact the Ethics Committee with any questions or to get advice about your latest ethical conundrum.

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ICYMI: The Report from the Commission on Evidence Based Policymaking (A Webinar)

The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking was charged with studying how to increase the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs, while protecting privacy and confidentiality. The Commission announced its final report and recommendations, "The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking," and presented it to Congress and the President earlier this month. Last week, members of the Commission conducted a webinar to go over the results and discuss next steps, including hearings that began this week and legislation that is being proposed.

If you missed this very important webinar, you can now access it through ASPA's webinar archives and listen to the information presented. Presenters included Katharine Abraham, co-chair of the Commission; John Kamensky, of the IBM Center for the Business of Government; and Robert Shea, of Grant Thornton. Webinar panelists walked through why the Commission was created, an evolution of data policies, some of the Commission's most important recommendations and the roles key stakeholders will play going forward.

This Commission stands to make a clear and positive impact on public administration. Take some time soon to listen to this webinar and learn more about its findings.

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SECoPA Takes Place Next Week

The 2017 Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (SECoPA) starts next Wednesday—and you can still register! The conference will taking place in Hollywood Beach, Fla. (recovering nicely from Hurricane Irma), Oct. 4-7. The theme for this year's conference will be Defending Public Administration in a Time of Uncertainty. Click here for more information.

SWPA Logo Competition Continues

The Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) logo competition is still open. The new logo will be used on the Section's website, banner, fliers and all other promotional materials. The winning entry will receive a $200 award and an annual membership in SWPA. All submissions are due to the Section by Oct. 15, 2017. Email Hillary Knepper for more details or with your submission. Electronic entries only, please.

UNDESA Seeks International Consultant

UNDESA is seeking an international consultant who will be responsible for conducting analysis and examining the link of various institutional arrangements for the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the prevailing systems in place in 66 countries both at political, legal and institutional levels. Further information on the consultancy can be found online.

Lien International Conference This October

The biennial Lien International Conference for Good Governance is taking place in Singapore, Oct. 27-28, 2017. Hosted by the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, the conference is organized with ASPA and IIAS. The 2017 theme will be Forging Toward an Inclusive and Sustainable Globalization. Click here for more information.

2017 Transylvanian International Conference Call for Papers Closes Sept. 25

The Department of Public Administration and Management, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Studies at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, reminds you to take part in its 2017 annual international conference: the Transylvanian International Conference in Public Administration. The conference will take place Nov. 2-4 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. A workshop for practitioners and a Ph.D. seminar are scheduled to take place before the main conference on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Registration is open. Click here for more information.

NECoPA 2017 Just Six Weeks Away

The 2017 Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA), will take place Nov. 3-5 in Burlington, Vt. Focusing on its theme, Public Administration, Policy and Community Development: Managing a Changing Landscape, the conference will look at local communities' ability to thrive amidst political, social, economic and environmental change. Click here for more information.

PSPA International Conference This November

The Philippine Society for Public Administration announces its 2017 international conference will take place Nov. 16-18 in Mandaluyong, Philippines. Discussions will center around this year's theme, Innovations in Public Administration Reforms in ASEAN and in Asian Communities. Registration is open now. Click here for more information.

ZSPA Public Service Awards Call for Nominations

The Zambian Society for Public Administration (ZSPA) has issued its call for nominations for its 2017 public service excellence awards. With awards being given out in more than 15 categories, this is a robust awards program honoring public servants both within Zambia and internationally. The awards ceremony will take place Nov. 24, 2017 in Lusaka. Click here for more information.

AIRMAP Announces 2018 Conference

The Association Internationale de Recherche en Management Public (AIRMAP) announces its 7th conference will take place in Biarritz, France, May 31-June 1, 2018. The theme for the conference will be public innovation and management. Click here for more information and contact David Carassus with questions.

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Welcome New Members!
Click here to view this month's list of new ASPA members!

PAR Update

The latest articles from Public Administration Review are available in the Wiley Online Library.

Evidence in Public Administration
Kimberley R. Isett, Brian W. Head, Gary VanLandingham, Editors

Social Equity and Evidence: Insights from Local Government
Susan T. Gooden (Virginia Commonwealth University) examines the role of evidence-based decisionmaking in social equity, with a particular focus on local government. It offers an assessment of the past, present and future of such efforts by engaging themes from Matias Valenzuela's article based on King County, Washington. King County is one of more than 70 local governments that are members of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a growing national network of governments using an evidence-based approach to achieve racial equity. In general, previous social equity measures have focused largely on measuring the extent to which disparities exist. More recently, tools and resources have become available to assist local governments in designing and evaluating their approach and performance in reducing social inequities. Future evidence should include more standardized measures to benchmark success, provide comparative analysis and better support the identification of best practices. Link to PAR Early View

King County's Journey in Institutionalizing Equity and Social Justice
King County provides local and regional services to more than 2 million people across 39 cities and unincorporated areas in transportation, criminal justice, public health and human services, natural resources and more. Building on Isett, Head and VanLandingham's (2016) work on how evidence can better inform public administration, Matias Valenzuela (Office of Equity and Social Justice, King County, Washington) considers evidence in several important ways. King County's approach to equity and social justice has been driven by both data and values. Almost a decade of experience within King County—as well as other jurisdictions around the country with equity initiatives—has made addressing equity and racial justice increasingly a discipline based on evidence and promising practices. In addition, this article lays out the evidence for why governments should focus on equity and social justice. King County's theory of change—backed by the evidence of working "upstream" and addressing root causes—provides a how that is more effective than many traditional government approaches and interventions that focus "downstream" at the individual level. Link to PAR Early View

Research Articles

The Long Shadow of Police Racial Treatment: Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice Processing
Jaeok Kim (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) and Andre Kiesel (University at Albany, SUNY) explore racial disproportionality in criminal justice processing in an era of punitive criminal justice policies and mass incarceration. Using arrest data from New York State, they compare the racial disparity in prison sentencing with the disparity at arrest while controlling for crime type and criminal history of the arrest population. Findings show that the racial disparity in prison sentencing at the state level is established before courts begin criminal case proceedings. Scholars and policymakers interested in the sources of racial disparity in incarceration should concentrate on the processes that generate crime and arrests. However, a decrease in racial disparity at prison sentencing, relative to arrest, suggests that the practices of courtroom actors still merit scholarly attention. Link to PAR Early View

Managerial Ambivalence and Electronic Civic Engagement: The Role of Public Manager Beliefs and Perceived Needs
Fengxiu Zhang and Mary K. Feeney (Arizona State University) address an important yet often neglected component of electronic civic engagement efforts: managerial ambivalence about public participation. We examine how managers' beliefs about public participation and their perceived needs for participation in agency decisionmaking work together to shape electronic engagement efforts. Based on observational data collected in 2010 and 2014 and data from a 2014 survey of managers in 500 U.S. municipal governments, we find that managerial beliefs about participation and their perceived needs for participation are two valid and separate constructs. There is a positive relationship between managerial beliefs and electronic engagement. Perceived needs for participation interact with managers' beliefs to affect electronic civic engagement. A high level of perceived needs for participation reinforces the effect of managerial beliefs on electronic engagement efforts, but a low level does not offset the effect of managerial beliefs on electronic engagement. Link to PAR Early View

Enlisting the Public in Facilitating Election Administration: A Field Experiment
The proliferation of election reforms poses a challenge for local election officials (LEOs) charged with conducting elections. To meet this challenge, LEOs attempt to communicate, inform and persuade voters how to cast their ballots in a manner that is efficient and effective for both the voter and the administrator. Andrew Menger and Robert M. Stein (Rice University) examine the effects of efforts by LEOs to persuade voters to return mailed ballots before Election Day and in person in order to facilitate the efficient administration of vote-by-mail elections in Colorado. Field experiments testing the efficacy of alternative messages find that many messages have no effect on the timing or method of ballot return. Messaging that focuses on LEOs' responsiveness to voters' demands is most effective at steering voters to return their mailed ballots in person but results in later ballot returns. Link to PAR Early View

Does Perceived Societal Impact Moderate the Effect of Transformational Leadership on Value Congruence? Evidence from a Field Experiment
Transformational leadership, it is argued, aligns employees' values with those of their organization. Empirical research has found a positive relationship between transformational leadership and value congruence. Yet studies rely predominantly on cross-sectional research designs that limit causal conclusions and have not uncovered the potential contextual conditions of this argument. Ulrich Thy Jensen (Arizona State University) argues that transformational leadership positively affects value congruence in public service organizations, but only when employees see that their jobs impact the well-being of other people and society. To test the relationship between transformational leadership and value congruence and the moderating effect of perceived societal impact, the article combines a field experiment on 79 managers of public service organizations and a balanced survey panel of their 583 employees. Consistent with the expectation, results indicate heterogeneous treatment effects, implying that employees' perceived societal impact is important to consider when transformational leaders strive to align the values of individual employees and the organization. Link to PAR Early View

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Public Integrity Update

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Public Integrity invites you to attend the Human Rights Conference at the University of Dayton, Nov. 8-10, 2017. Information on this bi-annual conference is available online here. You can also contact Richard Ghere for more information.

You are also invited to access and use the Ferguson Voices Exhibit, which can be found online here.

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New on PA TIMES Online

Every Tuesday and Friday, ASPA publishes a curated collection of original content that covers public service, management and international affairs.

This quarter, we welcome submissions that focus on evidence-based decisionmaking. Send your contributions to us now! The deadline is rolling; contact us for more information.

Check out our recent articles and columns:

After the Storm
By Ben Tafoya

"A Good Read": The Value of Organizational Reading Lists
By Thomas Poulin

IT Does Matter
By Craig Orgeron

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