Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Management

Making the best match for volunteers and the tasks they do is alum Kim Zamastil's secret ingredient for keeping thousands of people engaged in community service at St. Patrick Center, Missouri's largest provider of services to homeless people.

The secret to greater government efficiency is program evaluation and performance management, believes Kristina Krull, whose interests have broadened during her three semesters at the La Follette School.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mangum leader in higher education

Elmira Mangum, 1977, is Cornell University's new vice president for budget and planning.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Report from flood symposium released

Proceedings from the 2009 symposium From Sandbags to Sanity: The Policy Implications of the Midwest Floods of 2008 are now available.

How motivation in the public sector affects performance was the topic of a conference Professors Donald Moynihan and Pamela Herd attended in China.

Datuk Jaafar Bin Abu Bakar came to the University of Wisconsin–Madison halfway through his career as a government servant, starting as a land administrator in with the Malaysia's Federal Land Development Authority and later joining Malaysia's civil service.

While for many people, fighting City Hall means having to cut through layers of red tape, getting caught in government bureaucracy is about more than one person's bad experience with public officials, says the La Follette School's Donald Moynihan, who is hosting an international conference on red tape this week.
Scholars interested in red tape are gathering in Madison this week to consider the best ways to rethink and expand the study of administrative rules.

On the Wednesday of finals week, La Follette School students Bo McCready, Ian Ritz, Rocio Sanchez-Moyano, Mike Schultz and Sarah Wainscott found themselves in the middle of a construction zone on Milwaukee's Cesar E. Chavez Drive. There, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett recognized their La Follette School workshop report and its contributions to a new city program to help businesses affected by road construction.

Alumni and friends are sharing their insights with students on the tools and skills needed to administer people and other resources. Faculty teaching public management this spring organized two classroom panel discussions, one featuring recent grads, the other senior managers.

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