Category Public Administration

Assessing Disagreement Systematically in Policy Analysis

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Disagreement is a vital locus of any policy environment. Hours are spent in academic town halls, on prime time shows, and in parliaments around the world identifying policy resolutions. Disagreement in policy analysis can be a function of several factors: existing evidence, interpretation of that evidence, value […]

GW WonkCast S3E12-1: Leadership and Teamwork

What makes a good boss? This week’s guest MPA Megan Mattson tells what research says makes an effective manager. Listen for leadership advice, how to use evidence-based management, and applications like whether pay for performance really works. Episode touches on both the private and public sectors. Erik LaDue moderates joined by co-Hosts Katherine Lundie and […]

Notes from the Policy Field: Showcasing Data Science in the District

Event: The Forum @ DC Date: 02/27/18 Notes from the Policy Field provides write-ups of policy-oriented events in Washington, D.C. and comments on whether the format of the event facilitated policy change or improvement. Write up by Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Last year, I took a class focusing on the intersection […]

GW WonkCast S3E5-2: Recovery and Relief in Puerto Rico

Special guest Trachtenberg MPA focusing on Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis Yuliam Pedraza Acevedo tells about recovery from the hurricanes last year in Puerto Rico. This episode reflects on what is known and not known about the disasters, how the U.S. government responded, real repercussions of the hurricanes, and existing challenges to economic recovery including […]

Today’s Public Administrators: Shannon McNamee

Today’s Public Administrators asks administrators working in the public sphere about their experience implementing and shaping policy on the ground. This segment talks with Trachtenberg alumni Shannon McNamee, Manager of Operations at the American Red Cross, who visited Trachtenberg for an alumni dinner on Jan. 30. Read to learn what emergency management entails and how […]

Notes from the Policy Field: D.C. Council Committee of the Whole Meeting

Event: Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee of the Whole Public Hearing Date: 01/23/18 Notes from the Policy Field provides write-ups of policy-oriented events in Washington, D.C. and comments on whether the format of the event facilitated policy change or improvement. Event effectiveness rating: 5 stars (out of 5) Write up by Megan Mattson, […]

GW WonkCast S2E8: The Role of Political Appointees in Government

On Nov. 24, Richard Cordray stepped down as the director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), a bureau that protects consumers from financial fraud. This made Deputy Director Leandra English acting director, however President Trump also named Mick Mulvaney as the acting director. An lawsuit by English was overruled by the US District Court for […]