A Letter for Department Head Mohamad Alkadry: The Opportunities Ahead

On behalf of my faculty and staff colleagues, I wish our community of students, alumni, colleagues, friends, and nation a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year. This newsletter celebrates the work of our faculty in several research areas: social policy, social equity, public finance and budgeting, and nonprofit management. We rarely highlight our faculty’s research […]

Winter 2021 Alumni Job Updates

Congratulations to our alums for finding jobs, receiving promotions, and making a positive impact in their communities in 2020. The following are just a few recent job updates from the class of 2020 and other alums. All of this was achieved in the midst of a global pandemic. Our alums and all of their achievements […]

DPP Highlights Student Impact with #WhyDPPWednesday Campaign

This fall the Department of Public Policy (DPP) launched a #WhyDPPWednesday campaign across all our social media platforms. #WhyDPPWednesday has become a way for students to share their experiences and their individual “why.” The DPP kicked off #WhyDPPWednesday in October with MPA Fellow Tai Anderson. Anderson was attracted to the program in order “… to […]

Social Equity and Social Policy at UConn

Eric Brunner Receives Grant to Examine Causal Impact of Attending a Career Technical High School: With Steve Ross and Shaun Dougherty, Brunner will look at the causal impact of attendance on student achievement, high school graduation, college enrollment, and adult earnings. This builds upon their 2019 work on technical education in Connecticut. Their grant comes from the Institute of […]

Incoming MASR Fast-Track Hopes to Utilize a Media and Communication Campaigns Track to Explore Other Cultures

Incoming Master of Arts in Survey Research (MASR) – Media and Communication Campaigns Fast-Track student Grace Sholtes aspires to be like her Opa. For Grace that means taking risks, stepping outside of her comfort zone, learning about people and cultures, and seeing where life takes her. She sees the Fast-Track as an opportunity to improve […]

Nonprofit Management at UConn

Assistant Professor Ruodan Zhang Uses Machine Learning to Improve the Retrievability of IRS 990 Text Data Zhang is working with New York University’s Haohan Chen to develop a method that helps researchers and practitioners identify nonprofit organizations of interest. This research takes advantage of the newly available nonprofit mission and program service activity description data reported in […]

UConn is Ranked 9th for Public Finance and Budgeting

A UConn team provides expertise to the U.S. Department of Treasury and the United Nations Development Programme. The team, which is led by Professor Mark Robbins and includes Professors Mohamad Alkadry, Bill Simonsen, and Lloyd Blanchard, is helping the Republic of Uzbekistan to improve their financial management practices. Their work will provide greater fiscal transparency, more complete budget information, and a higher level of […]

Incoming MASR Fast-Track Looks To Study Interpersonal Communication

Nikolletta Panagiotakopoulos is an incoming Department of Public Policy (DPP) Fast-Track student in the Master of Arts in Survey Research (MASR) program. This Spring Nikolletta will be joining the Media and Communication Campaigns Track of the MASR, which launched this fall. Earlier this semester Nikolletta had a conversation with a friend about an interest in […]

Recapping “Bouncing Forward from the Pandemic: Moving CT Ahead” with UConn DPP

During the month of October, stakeholders across Connecticut came together for a two-part virtual panel entitled “Bouncing Forward from the Pandemic – Moving CT Ahead”.  Panelists discussed the opportunities that COVID-19 has provided when it comes to public service delivery and addressing economic and social justice issues. The event was co-hosted by UConn’s Department of […]