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Lessons from the Recovery Act Report Published in PA Times

September 5, 2012 03:10 PM

Dr. Sandra O. Archibald, University of WashingtonUnder the direction of Dr. Sandra O. Archibald, APPAM President and Dean of the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, a research team examined the action steps taken by federal executives in relation to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). The team consisted of Dr. Richard F. Callahan of the University of San Francisco, Dr. H. Brinton Milward, Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse and Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, and Kay A. Sterner, Academic Professional Writer for the Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington and copy editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Their report, “Key Actions That Contribute to Successful Program Implementation: Lessons from the Recovery Act” was released through the IBM Center on the Business of Government and was the lead article in a recent issue of the PA Times.

Dr. Richard F. Callahan, University of San Francisco, CaliforniaThe practices and behaviors described in the report reflect insights that emerged from a research partnership between academics and practitioners. The team worked with federal executives in writing case studies of varied federal agencies’ experiences with implementing the Recovery Act. Over twenty federal agencies sent representatives to a two-day workshop in August 2010.

The case writers engaged the participating federal managers in a structured experience of reflective practice. Each of the case writers were federal managers at the time who interviewed their peers, gathering real-time perspective on the daily ins and outs of realizing the Recovery Act.

The recently released study draws on nine published case studies written by federal agency executives. These studies were based on interviews with federal agency staff involved in implementing the Recovery Act.

Photos, from top down: Sandra O. Archibald, University of Washington; Richard F. Callahan, University of San Francisco, California. Photos courtesy IBM Center for the Business of Government.


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