Masters Thesis Spotlight: Program Evaluation of the CESC Diversion Program

Leon County is increasing its focus on homelessness as the number of residents experiencing housing insecurity rises. The Kearney Center is an organization in the Big Bend region that provides individuals with access to resources and emergency shelters. The center operates under the direction of the nonprofit Connecting Everyone with Second Chances (CESC), which, in…

Masters Thesis Spotlight: How To Ask

In 2015, nonprofit organizations in the U.S. made up 5.4% of the country’s GDP—and that number continues to rise. Private donations obtained through fundraising total billions of dollars annually. This money provides vital programs and services to those in need in communities across the country. Professional fundraisers and consultants work tirelessly to recruit quality and…

Masters Thesis Spotlight: Disaster Donations Management: Solutions for Effective Collaboration with Community Non-Profit Partners

Food and clothing—while often donated with good intentions—may hinder the management of a disaster event. This phenomenon is a “second disaster”: an increase in donations to emergency management departments and nonprofit organizations that lack the depth of resources to manage, sort, and distribute the donations. This inefficiency leads to negative press and accusations that donations…

Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Fay from Public Administration

What is your name?Dr. Daniel Fay. What kind of work do you do in the College?I am an associate professor and PhD Director in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at The Florida State University. I teach, do research and engage in service in the department, profession and community. Why did you decide…

Research Spotlight: Closing the Gap or Widening the Divide: The Impacts of Technology-Enabled Coproduction on Equity in Public Service Delivery

Smart technologies, such as IoT and smart city management apps, can provide real-time and location-specific data that facilitates timely decision making in public resource distribution. It may also distort the distributional equity as many low-income may participate less. Existing research on technology-enabled citizen participation in public service provision shows mixed findings. Most studies find that…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Metropolitan Planning Organizations: The Usage of Regional Organizations and Coordination

Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs) are a growing field of research within the public administration context. These organizations provide a unique area of governance within their particular boundaries due to their amorphous nature interacting with all branches of government, providing a broad array of planning and policy options. Historical governance literature dictates that the role of…