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Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in 2014 Symposium, Blog | 0 comments

Practitioner Perspective: Michael Ward to Speak


Michael Ward works on a variety of municipal government projects at the Center, including charter revision and organizational structure reform, performance management efforts, operational studies, policy research projects, and regionalization work. He co-founded and currently manages the Center’s Municipal Performance Management Program. He also teaches a course on municipal government in McCormack’s MSPA Program. Prior to joining the Center, Ward worked as a budget analyst for the Town of Concord. Ward has also studied innovative urban policy in Curitiba (Brazil) and Singapore as a Thomas J. Watson fellow.  Ward has a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Sociology from Amherst College.

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in 2014 Symposium, Blog | 0 comments

Inventor and Amherst Professor Stuart Shulman to Speak


Stuart Shulman is the founder and CEO of Texifter. He is also the Treasurer of the Big Boulder Initiative and a Research Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Shulman is the sole inventor of the Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT), an open source, Web-based text analysis software project, as well a text analytic network known as DiscoverText. His latest invention is Sifter, a tool for getting self-serve access to the full history of Twitter. In the fall of 2009, he launched a software start-up, Texifter, LLC, which helps individuals, groups, organizations, and crowds when they are searching, filtering, classifying and analyzing large numbers of documents.

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in 2014 Symposium, Blog | 0 comments

Speaker Update: UMass Boston Professor Michael Johnson


Michael Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston. Johnson’s research interests lie in quantitative analysis for housing, community development and service delivery. His methods enable non-profit and public organizations, especially those serving disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, to develop programs and policies that jointly optimize economic efficiency, beneficial population outcomes and social equity.  Current research projects include: planning models for urban foreclosed housing acquisition and redevelopment; resource allocation and urban planning for municipal shrinkage and infrastructure design, and analytics and data needs assessment for community-based organizations. He is editor of Community-Based Operations Research: Decision Modeling for Local Impact and Diverse Populations (Springer, 2011).

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Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in 2014 Symposium, Blog | 0 comments

Professor Yu-Che Chen to Speak


Yu-Che Chen, is Associate Professor of Digital Governance in the School of Public Administration at University of Nebraska at Omaha. Chen received his Master of Public Affairs and Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University–Bloomington. His current research projects are on cross-boundary e-government, smart cities, big data, e-governance performance, and open government. He has published more than thirty journal articles, book chapters, and management reports on e-governance. His most recent co-edited book is entitled Electronic Governance and Cross-boundary Collaboration. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA) and Chair of the Section on Science and Technology in Government for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in 2014 Symposium, Blog | 0 comments

UMass Boston Professor Michael J. Ahn to Speak


Michael J. Ahn is an assistant professor in the department of public policy and public affairs at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. The primary focus of Ahn’s research is exploring the effects of Information Technology on government performance, accountability and political dynamics. Ahn has examined how e-government can be strategically used to enhance the political control over government bureaucracy and provide a leverage for the executive bureaucracy against the legislature, how the changing information environment from texts-based communication to image and video-based communication (such as YouTube) affect the communication and implementation of public policies, and how “political outsiders” (governors) in the state government pursue Web 2.0 applications more actively than those who are “insiders.”

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in 2014 Symposium, Blog | 0 comments

Co-Founder of NYU Governance Laboratory Stefaan Verhulst to Speak


Stefaan Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU  (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centers on how technology can improve people’s lives and the creation of more effective and collaborative forms of governance. Specifically, he is interested in the perils and promise of collaborative technologies and how to harness the unprecedented volume of information to advance the public good. Before joining NYU full time, Verhulst spent more than a decade as Chief of Research for the Markle Foundation, where he continues to serve as Senior Advisor.

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