Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Moynihan's research recognized

Donald Moynihan

Two public administration organizations are honoring professor Donald Moynihan for his expertise in public management.

Moynihan will receive the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the American Society for Public Administration on October 18 in Austin, Texas. The award recognizes an individual whose published work has had a substantial impact on the thought and understanding of public administration.

The American Political Science Association awarded Moynihan the 2012 Herbert Simon Award in recognition of the impact his book, The Dynamics of Performance Management: Constructing Information and Reform, has had on public administration scholarship since its publication in 2008.

Moynihan has been serving on the Memos to Leaders project, a committee ASPA and the National Academy of Public Administration commissioned to advise policymakers in the transition to the next presidential administration. As leader of the section on performance management in the federal government, Moynihan wrote the paper "Next Steps in Improving Performance" that will be released at a November 9 press conference in Washington, D.C. Moynihan is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

On the international scene, Moynihan traveled to Ireland in October at the invitation of the Institute of Public Administration. He presented to officials from the Department of Public Enterprise and Reform to talk about U.S. initiatives to reform government and how they might inform Irish efforts.

In late October Moynihan will speak at a conference at Roskilde University and Aarhus University in Denmark. In late November he will be the keynote speaker at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development annual meeting on performance and results in Paris.