Reich identifies flaws in foundations, offers significant solutions

On April 14, Rob Reich, professor of political science at Stanford University, delivered his talk, “Repugnant to the Whole Idea of Democracy? On the Role of Foundations in Democratic Societies,” as part of the Evans School Research Seminar Series.

After a brief look at foundations’ historical features (in the U.S., they have been recipients of a charitable contribution since only 1917), Professor Reich argued that foundations have three structural characteristics that make them threats to democratic...

Bostrom Presents Results of Climate Change Deep Dive

A team of 13 students working with Professor Ann Bostrom presented the results of their “deep dive” into climate change to the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG) on March 17 in Mary Gates Hall.  At CIG’s request, the team evaluated a prototype of the “Time of Emergence” (ToE) tool, designed by CIG to communicate projected local climate changes of relevance to state agencies. CIG Director Amy Snover said the presentation has “already expanded how we...

On Governing: Preparing for Rainy Days & Recessions

Most of us plan how we’ll use our most valuable resources: time and money. Making a schedule for our work hours and our weekends helps us balance work and family life. As important, we make budgets so our housing costs get paid, groceries bought, and free time enjoyed. It makes sense to stash a little cash for rainy days, too, just in case the unexpected happens.

State budget officials must do something similar; they just have a much bigger amount of money, a much bigger “family” to protect, and countless potential unexpected events. They must plan how to allocate...

Kevin Desouza Discusses IT Systems in Government

Kevin Desouza, the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Public Service & Community Solutions at Arizona State University, presented at the Evans School Research Seminar Series on March 31 in the Denny Forum in Parrington Hall. His talk, “Taking Information Systems Seriously in Public Management and Public Policy Research,” covered information technology (IT) and its important and numerous implications for policy-makers.

The technology, Desouza argued, is fundamentally transforming how we...

The Link Between Sound Transit and the Evans School

Earlier this month, more than 60,000 people gathered to celebrate the opening of Sound Transit’s new Link light-rail service between the University of Washington and Capitol Hill. Commuters and transit enthusiasts continue to express delight with this new, faster, and more convenient way to avoid traffic and crowded buses when travelling between the University corridor and one of downtown’s most popular destinations.  

The expansion project earned accolades for other reasons, too, most notably being completed six months earlier than projected and more...

The University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance ranked 4th best public affairs school in the country

The University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance has once again been recognized as one of the best public affairs programs in the country, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Graduate Programs released today.

Ranking just behind Indiana University – Bloomington and Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, which tied at #1, and Harvard University (#3), the Evans School ranks #4 along with Princeton University, the University of Georgia, and USC...

Roberto Gonzales Examines Pre- and Post-DACA Experiences for Immigrant Youth

Roberto G. Gonzales, a former faculty affiliate of the University of Washington’s Department of Sociology, received a warm welcome in his March 7 return to Seattle for the Evans School’s Research Seminar Series. More than 50 people packed into the Denny Forum for a discussion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, President Obama’s policy to grant work permits and exemptions to certain undocumented immigrants.

Gonzales, an Assistant Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School...

Gisela Böhm Discusses Climate Change in the Social Media

Gisela Böhm, a professor in the Department of Psychosocial Science at the University of Bergen, presented at the Evans School Research Seminar Series on March 2 in the Denny Forum. She based her talk, “Climate Change in the Social Media,” on an analysis of online articles, posts and comments designed to determine risk perception.

Böhm described climate-change discussion as a complex problem, both scientifically – concerning cumulative, delayed, and non-linear causality – and socially, involving a...

Joseph Cordes Discusses Non-Traditional Fiscal Approaches

Joseph Cordes, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, presented his work on local governments’ adoption of multi-year projections at the Evans School’s Research Seminar Series on February 29 in the Denny Forum. His talk, “Use and Effects of Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks in U.S. Local Government,” was a detailed discussion of the use, form, and utility of the non-traditional fiscal approach.      ...

Marlowe's Financial Teachings Move Out of Classroom, into Budget Rooms

When Justin Marlowe published a “Guide to Financial Literacy” in 2014 to serve as an extension of his bi-monthly columns in Governing magazine, the Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance harbored modest aims. He thought it might find an audience among state and local officials. But Marlowe and the magazine’s publisher, Mark Funkhouser, did not...