The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is committed to improving the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of governance and civic engagement. Our goals are to: Prepare students and professionals, from a variety of backgrounds, for leadership positions in public service by providing educational opportunities grounded in theory, ethics, analytical skills and practice; Produce interdisciplinary research to advance our understanding of complex problems facing society and to seek creative solutions for addressing them; Promote effective public policy and management practice by maintaining a presence in scholarly and policy communities and in the popular media; Foster civic engagement by providing a forum for reasoned discussion and debate on issues of public concern.

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Recent Submissions

  • LaunchPad Photovoice Project: Rundberg Through the Eyes of Middle School Students 

    Streeter, Calvin (Professional Development Journal, 2015)
    Photovoice is a community-based participatory action research method that combines photography with grassroots mobilization to help members of the community gain a greater understanding of their environment and experiences ...
  • Restore Runberg: Developing an Asset Inventory 

    Pitzer, Kyle A. (Professional Development Journal, 2015)
    Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education is a refereed journal concerned with publishing scholarly and relevant articles on continuing education, professional development, and ...
  • Restore Runberg: Targeting Hot Spots 

    Whitt, Ahmed (Professional Development Journal, 2015)
    Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education is a refereed journal concerned with publishing scholarly and relevant articles on continuing education, professional development, and ...
  • Diversity on Cultural Boards: Implications for Organizational Value and Impact 

    Ostrower, Francie (2016)
    What is the racial and ethnic composition of arts boards? What factors are associated with variations in board diversity? The study addresses these questions through an analysis of over 400 arts organizations, using data ...
  • Inside National Service: Americorps' Short-Term Impact on Participants 

    Framkin, Peter; Jastrzab, JoAnn; Vaaler, Margaret L. (2016)
    This study examines the short- and long-term impact of AmeriCorps participation on members’ civic engagement, education, employment, and life skills. The analysis compares changes in the attitudes and behaviors of ...
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity: Rebuilding Momentum and Trust 

    Struckman, Sara (RGK Center, 2007)
    Habitat for Humanity International describes its mission: “to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.” Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, ...
  • Lifeworks: From Crisis to Success in Austin 

    Struckman, Sara (RGK Center, 2007)
    In Austin, Texas, LifeWorks is an $8 million, multifaceted human services organization providing support as youth and families “transition from crisis to safety and success”1. This dynamic, well-respected product of a ...
  • Getting to Yes: The Points of Light and Hands on Network Merger 

    Edward, Deborah (RGK Center, 2008)
    The two organizations had evolved from different premises, and had developed different cultures and methods to meet a common challenge of engaging citizens in civic volunteering. Each of these national initiatives was ...
  • Boards as an Accountability Mechanism 

    Ostrower, Francie Dr. (Urban Institute, 2014-05)
    Boards are central to the system of nonprofit accountability, but their adequacy has been increasingly questioned by policymakers, media, researchers and others. There is good reason to be concerned about board performance, ...
  • Restoring Rundberg: A Community-Research Partnership 

    Springer, David W.; Lauderdale, Michael; Fitzgerald, Kyran; Baker, Donald (Professional Development Journal, 2015)
    Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education is a refereed journal concerned with publishing scholarly and relevant articles on continuing education, professional development, and ...

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