Red Square
Winter 2020

Study: Underrepresented Minority Students at Public Universities Has Not Kept Pace with Demographic Trends

A new study, by Evans School Professor Mark Long and Evans School 2017 MPA alumna Nicole Bateman, now at the Brookings Institution, showed that in states that have banned affirmative action, the share of underrepresented minorities among students admitted to and enrolling in public universities has steadily lost ground relative to changing demographic trends among those states’ high school graduates.

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Winter 2020

Distinguished Practitioner Akhtar Badshah is set to publish Purpose Mindset: How Microsoft Inspires its Employees and Alumni to Change the World

Dr. Badshah is working on his manuscript Purpose Mindset: How Microsoft Inspires its Employees and Alumni to Change the World, to be published by Harper Collins Leadership series in the fall of 2020. The book traces the evolution of Microsoft’s employee giving campaign from its modest beginning of raising $17,000 in 1983 to raising $181 million in 2019, outlining the impact this giving has had on thousands of nonprofits around the world.  Through stories of Microsoft leadership, employees, and alumni the book amplifies how these individuals have extended their growth mindset and developed their purpose mindset to make the world a better place.   
Winter 2020

Interim Dean Alison Cullen receives grant to research to understand vulnerability of west coast fishing communities to climate change

The California Current Ecosystem (CCE), which brings cold, nutrient-rich waters to the U.S. West Coast, supports a wide range of important fisheries off California, Oregon, and Washington. In recent years, climate-driven changes in the CCE – from warming temperatures to ocean acidification and toxic algal blooms – are disrupting ocean habitats and species, and by extension the social and economic fabric of fishing communities on the coast. To better understand these changes, the Lenfest Ocean Program is funding Dr. Phillip Levin, The Nature Conservancy/University of Washington, and Dr. Alison Cullen, University of Washington, to assess the social and ecological vulnerability of fishing communities along the U.S. West Coast to changing ocean conditions. 
Winter 2020

Ph.D. Candidate Amy Beck Harris published a chapter in the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance

Harris’s chapter, entitled “Public Participation in Procurement,” springs from her dissertation, which investigates how international development programs involve contract and grant beneficiaries. The chapter outlines existing literature on participation in the contract state, and lays out a research agenda for other scholars interested in studying the intersection of democratic processes and privatization. Read more. 
Fyall and Jurcevic photos
Winter 2020

Assistant Professors Ines Jurcevic and Rachel Fyall published their paper “Does a business-like approach to diversity framing in nonprofit organizations have a chilling effect on stakeholders?” in the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration

Across two experiments, Jurcevic and Fyall found that the way nonprofits communicate their diversity values affects whether stakeholders are engaged or repelled.  White and racial minority stakeholders react in different ways, depending on how nonprofits frame their values. Jurcevic and Fyall examined diversity frames commonly used in the nonprofit sector and find that nonprofits should take a different approach to communicating their diversity values than for-profit firms. Read more. 
Winter 2020

Assistant Professor Dafeng Xu published his paper, “Historical evidence: Immigration restriction laws reduced segregation, but not in a good way,” in the Journal of Comparative Economics

Investigating the Immigration Act of 1924, Xu finds that the law led to a decrease in immigrant segregation. However, the process of de-segregation was mainly through the reduction of new immigrants and the decline in ethnic enclaves. Xu’s findings show that desegregation did not benefit immigrants' assimilation. Read more. 
Government Building
Autumn 2019

Ben Brunjes: The Downside of Competitive Bidding for Government Contracts

No-bid contracts have a bad reputation. Competitive bidding should, in theory, root out corruption and save taxpayers money. In a new JPART article, Ben Brunjes documents a negative side effect of competitive bids: poorer contractor performance. How can governments help their contractors perform better? There’s advice in the article! Read more.
Firefighters fighting Wildfire
Autumn 2019

Alison Cullen: Evidence based prediction of fire suppression resource demand

Cullen looked at satellite data to track fire simultaneity over 32 years and found that wildfires in the United States have become bigger and more frequent, while fire seasons have lengthened in many areas. As states and cities tend to share firefighting resources, such as manpower, water tankers and helicopters to help them stand down their fiery foe, understanding regional fire danger and conditions is essential if people on the ground are to adopt regionally-appropriate fire suppression and prevention approaches. Read more.
Sustainability Chart
Autumn 2019

Joaquin Herranz: On Tour with Quadruple Bottom Line

When not busy preparing an invited manuscript for  JPART, Joaquin Herranz has been out on the road presenting his work on the Quadruple Bottom Line framework, characterizing how organizations can simultaneously pursue economic development, social equity, environmental sustainability, and creative cultural vitality. Read more.

Iceberge in water
Autumn 2019

Ann Bostrom: To Act on Climate Change, You Gotta Believe

If you’re deeply concerned about climate change, but don’t believe government can effectively address it, how strongly will you support policy action? In joint work with Evans Ph.D. students Adam Hayes and Katherine Crosman, now published in Risk Analysis, Ann Bostrom reports the results of survey data documenting the important role of efficacy beliefs in driving support for climate change mitigation. Read more.

Money and Cap
Autumn 2019

Mark Long: Promises of College Financial Aid Yield Benefits... But Maybe Not the Intended Impacts

Washington State's College Bound Scholarship program offers a promise of financial aid to middle school students who pledge to do well and stay out of trouble in high school. In a series of recent papers, including one forthcoming in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Mark Long and co-authors, including Evans MPA alum Jordan Rooklyn, find only limited evidence that the program shifts behavior or leads more students to college degrees. Instead, the program appears to benefit students who would have likely attended college anyway.  Read more.

Autumn 2019

Dafeng Xu: Bikeshare draws commuters out of cars, boosts cycle commuting 20%

When bike share programs enter American cities, U.S. Census Bureau survey data show significant shifts in how commuters get to work. The benefits include reduced traffic congestion and cleaner air. Assistant Professor Dafeng Xu's analysis has been conditionally accepted to the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.  Read more.