Getting It Done

Author: Mark A. Abramson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442273623
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Getting It Done was written for those who have answered the call to public service. Now, in this 2017 edition, the editors of IBM’s Center for The Business of Government series have assembled a comprehensive guide to navigating the current environment of government, and what government leaders ought to know to survive and thrive with respect to the ways it’s evolved over the years. Concise analyses of the roles and responsibilities of those involved in any political decision accompany informative and instructional chapters, each highlighting a key step any public servant must take to ensure they do all they can for the people and causes they represent. From the patient and careful study of an issue, to the assembly of a trusted advisory team and the development and execution of a focused vision and agenda, leaders of all kinds will find some part of this book to incorporate into their own leadership strategies, for which this book’s expert and pragmatic insights prove a refreshing boon.

The Operator s Manual for the New Administration

Author: Mark A. Abramson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742563308
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The Operator's Manual for the New Administration explains how government works and how to make it work to advance policy goals and objectives. Bringing decades of experience in government administration, the authors have identified eight key tools-leadership, performance, people, money, contracting, technology, innovation, and collaboration-that executives must utilize in order to be successful.

Governing to Win

Author: Charles L. Prow
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781442216624
Format: PDF, ePub
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With the current state of the economy, the upcoming election is going to focus on federal spending and budget deficit. Charles Prow has brought together an impressive lineup of businessmen and women, reporters, and experts to show how the United States can be more competitive in the global economy. Creating a More Competitive Nation shows not only what is wrong with the current federal spending plan, but ways to fix it. Business professionals and anyone interested in the government's response the recession will find this an important book.

New Ways of Doing Business

Author: Mark A. Abramson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1461610605
Format: PDF
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In their introduction, the editors of New Ways of Doing Business assert that in retrospect, it will be apparent that today's government, that of the early years of the 21st century, "was undergoing its most significant transformation since the decade of the 1930's when direct government-delivered services grew significantly as part of the New Deal." This newest volume in the IBM Endowment for the Business of Government series is an invaluable guide to navigating the sometimes controversial changes taking place in the internal operations of government, the delivery of services to citizens, and the delivery of environmental programs. Possibly the most monumental change taking place in our modern government is the lessening allegiance to the old model of in-house, in-departmental performance of tasks. The new model asks "how and by whom can the tasks of government best be performed?" The answer sometimes lies with another inter-governmental department, leading to an in-house atmosphere of healthy competition and entrepreneurship, and sometimes with outside contractors. New Ways of Doing Business provides descriptions and guidelines for successfully navigating management under the new model. There are also dramatic new ways in which services to the public can now be delivered: via the Internet, via contracts with private organizations, and via faith-based initiatives and business improvement districts. Experts provide valuable checklists and guidelines and case studies exploring the merits and disadvantages of these new service delivery routes. Finally, New Ways of Doing Business explores what the editors call one of the most highly experimental policy arenas in government, that of the delivery of environmental programs. The authors of these articles explain via case study analysis many of the innovative programs currently in existence, and postulate that the traditional "command-and-control" stance of government to businesses will be superceded by a flexibility that will allow for incre

What Government Does

Author: Mark A. Abramson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442232447
Format: PDF, Kindle
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To understand the challenges of political leadership and how top executives succeed in accomplishing an Administration’s objectives, business-in-government experts Paul R. Lawrence and Mark A. Abramson present the findings of a four-year study of top political appointees in the Obama Administration. The 42 participants—Deputy Secretaries and agency heads—provide case studies of how each approaches the management challenges and achieves the mission of their organization. Full of behind-the-scenes insights and practical advice from government political executives on how they face management challenges in real time, What Government Does: How Political Executives Manage offers indispensable insights to current and prospective political appointees and everyone interested in understanding how leaders make government agencies more effective. The new book, a follow-up to their previous book, Paths to Making a Difference: Leading in Government, presents an insightful framework of what government does. Instead of thinking about government by policy area, the authors present an alternative approach in which government executives are categorized by the type of agency they are managing. The book includes chapters on Deputy Secretaries, producers, regulators, infrastructors, scientists, and collaborators.

The Persistence of Innovation in Government

Author: Sandford F. Borins
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press with Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
ISBN: 0815725604
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Sandford Borins addresses the enduring significance of innovation in government as practiced by public servants, analyzed by scholars, discussed by media, documented by awards, and experienced by the public. In The Persistence of Innovation in Government, he maps the changing landscape of American public sector innovation in the twenty-first century, largely by addressing three key questions: • Who innovates? • When, why, and how do they do it? • What are the persistent obstacles and the proven methods for overcoming them? Probing both the process and the content of innovation in the public sector, Borins identifies major shifts and important continuities. His examination of public innovation combines several elements: his analysis of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Innovations in American Government Awards program; significant new research on government performance; and a fresh look at the findings of his earlier, highly praised book Innovating with Integrity: How Local Heroes Are Transforming American Government. He also offers a thematic survey of the field’s burgeoning literature, with a particular focus on international comparison.

Shared Services in Local Government

Author: Ray Tomkinson
Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9780566087233
Format: PDF, ePub
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By using extensive case studies drawn from across local councils in England, Ray Tomkinson explains the implications of sharing service delivery, addresses concerns about loss of control and accountability, and demonstrates the potential advantages. He shows how to set up collaborative ventures, formal partnerships, shared service centres or special purpose vehicles, while pointing out possible pitfalls, thus enabling senior managers to follow all the necessary project steps to create an appropriate shared service.

Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation

Author: Kathryn E. Newcomer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118893697
Format: PDF, ePub
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The leading program evaluation reference, updated with the latest tools and techniques The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation provides tools for managers and evaluators to address questions about the performance of public and nonprofit programs. Neatly integrating authoritative, high-level information with practicality and readability, this guide gives you the tools and processes you need to analyze your program's operations and outcomes more accurately. This new fourth edition has been thoroughly updated and revised, with new coverage of the latest evaluation methods, including: Culturally responsive evaluation Adopting designs and tools to evaluate multi-service community change programs Using role playing to collect data Using cognitive interviewing to pre-test surveys Coding qualitative data You'll discover robust analysis methods that produce a more accurate picture of program results, and learn how to trace causality back to the source to see how much of the outcome can be directly attributed to the program. Written by award-winning experts at the top of the field, this book also contains contributions from the leading evaluation authorities among academics and practitioners to provide the most comprehensive, up-to-date reference on the topic. Valid and reliable data constitute the bedrock of accurate analysis, and since funding relies more heavily on program analysis than ever before, you cannot afford to rely on weak or outdated methods. This book gives you expert insight and leading edge tools that help you paint a more accurate picture of your program's processes and results, including: Obtaining valid, reliable, and credible performance data Engaging and working with stakeholders to design valuable evaluations and performance monitoring systems Assessing program outcomes and tracing desired outcomes to program activities Providing robust analyses of both quantitative and qualitative data Governmental bodies, foundations, individual donors, and other funding bodies are increasingly demanding information on the use of program funds and program results. The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation shows you how to collect and present valid and reliable data about programs.

Getting Started with IBM API Connect Scenarios Guide

Author: Alex Seriy
Publisher: IBM Redbooks
ISBN: 0738455547
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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IBM® API Connect is an API management solution from IBM that offers capabilities to create, run, manage, and secure APIs and microservices. By using these capabilities, the full lifecycle of APIs for on-premises and cloud environments can be managed. This IBM RedpaperTM publication describes practical scenarios that show the API Connect capabilities for managing the full API life cycle, creating, running, securing, and managing the APIs. This Redpaper publication is targeted to users of an API Connect based API strategy, developers, IT architects, and technical evangelists. If you are not familiar with APIs or API Connect, we suggest that you read the Redpaper publication Getting Started with IBM API Connect: Concepts, Architecture and Strategy Guide, REDP-5349, before reading this publication.

The Procurement Revolution

Author: Mark A. Abramson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742532731
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The ninth book in the IBM Endowment Series on the Business of Government, The Procurement Revolution continues the tradition of timely and vital information dissemination, which the series has come to stand for. Focusing on the profound and revolutionary changes the government has had and will have to make in its approach to procuring goods and services, this book strives to capture the creativity and energy that can and should be brought to government procurement.