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Jodi Sandfort

Dean and Professor

Jodi Sandfort joined the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance as dean in January 2021. Formerly a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, her work focuses on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families.

She is the founder and academic director of the Hubert Project, a global community focused on improving professional education and effectiveness through development and sharing of multimedia learning materials, such as e-cases, e-studies, and video briefs. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, a distinguished honor recognizing her innovative leadership in the field.

For six years she directed the human services program at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, where she managed a portfolio of $20 million in annual giving. Sandfort has served as a Family Self-Sufficiency Scholar funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation. In 2015, she was the co-chair of the Public Management Research Association conference, hosting scholars from around the world in Minneapolis. She has also worked as a senior strategy consultant with the Bush Foundation and special assistant to the President of the University of Minnesota.

Sandfort is the author of books, many academic articles, book chapters, and reports for policymakers and practitioners about social welfare system design, organizational effectiveness, early childhood education, welfare reform, nonprofit management, and research methodology. She is currently on the editorial boards of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

She has worked as a consultant with national and statewide foundations, think tanks, and other nonprofit human service organizations. She has provided leadership coaching, executive development, and organizational development services to nonprofit, philanthropic, and public organizations. She has accepted academic appointments solely in professional schools because they are promising sites for scholar-practitioner dialogue.

Selected Recent Activities

National Academy of Public Administration, Social Equity Standing Committee member, 2018-present.

Expert Consultant, Child Trends, “Human Centered Design for Human Services,” January 2018 – July 2021.

Expert Consultant, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Human Services, Conference on “Rapid Learning Methods for Testing and Evaluating Change in Social Services,” October 2018.

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM): Policy Council, (national elected position) 2013- 2016; Strategic Planning committee, (appointed position), 2015. Regular member of Conference Committee.

Public Management Research Association (PMRA): Co-chair, annual conference in Minneapolis, 2015. Regular conference session chair and discussant.

Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Early Scholars Research Roundtable facilitator, 2016- 2019.

National Expert Panel, Community Services Block Grant Evaluative Capacity, Urban Institute, 2017-2018.

National Expert Panel, Assessment of TANF implementation at the frontlines, MDRC, 2017.

Chair, Humphrey School’s Executive Council, 2015-2018 (elected office); Member, 2009-2010, 2015-2018 (elected office)

Co-designer and co-host Nonprofit Leadership Conference with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2006-2018.

Chair, Leadership & Management Area, 2010 – 2012, 2014 – 2019.

Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, national elected position, 2017 – present

Fulbright Fellow, U.S. Fulbright and Danish Commissions, 2020.

Dugan Research Award on Philanthropic Impact, with Trupti Sarode, from Charity Navigator and Association for Research on Nonprofits Organizations and Voluntary Action, 2019.

External Examiner, Masters of Social Science in Nonprofit Management, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Hong Kong University, 2019-2021.

Family Self-Sufficiency Scholar, U.S. Department of Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, 2013 – 2018.

Outstanding Faculty Award, Council of Graduate Students (only University award nominated and selected by students), University of Minnesota, 2011.

Meredith Award for Teaching Excellence, Syracuse University, 2001

Publications

Jodi Sandfort and Stephanie Moulton. 2020.  “Replication or Innovation?  Structuration in Policy Implementation,” Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.  Advanced access.

Jodi Sandfort, Sook Jin Ong, and Catherine McKay. 2019. “Performance Management Regimes in Practice:  Examining the local agencies implementing Temporary Assistance for Needy Families,” American Review of Public Administration 42(2): 145-158.

Stephanie Moulton and Jodi Sandfort. 2017 “The Strategic Action Fields Framework for Policy Implementation Research.”  Journal of Policy Studies. 45(1):  144-169.

Stephen Roll, Stephanie Moulton and Jodi Sandfort, 2017 “A Comparative Analysis of Policy & Program Implementation Literatures.” Journal of Public & Nonprofit Affairs, 3(1), 3-22.

Worksheets to Support Practice
(Appendices) from Sandfort and Moulton (2015)  Effective Implementation in Practice (Jossey-Bass).
Policy Field Audit
Policy Field Visual Diagrams
 Program Process Flow Diagrams
Organization – Program Integration Audit
Front-line Interactions Audit
Target Experiences Analysis

Sandfort, Jodi and Stephanie Moulton, 2015. Effective Implementation in Practice: Integrating Public Policy and Management. Jossey-Bass (John Wiley & Sons): San Francisco, CA.

Sandfort, Jodi, 2014. “Analyzing the Practice of Nonprofit Advocacy: Comparing Two Human Services Networks,” Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment, edited by Robert J. Pekkhanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, Yutaka Tsujinaka. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 222-253.

Backwards Mapping (with Shannon Evans), Video Brief 2014.

Multilevel Implementation Analysis (with Kassira Absar), Video Brief 2014

Implementing an Alternative to Refund Anticipation Loans at Accountability Minnesota (with Jackie Aman and Kate Connors), Multimedia Simulation, 2011

Sandfort, Jodi R. 2011. “Implementing the Earned Income Tax Credit at Accountability Minnesota,” Teaching Case – A, B, and C segments. Winner of the Snow Foundation Award for Case in Collaborative Public Management. Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

Policy Fields (with Micah Intermill), Video Brief, 2011

Jodi Sandfort, 2010. “Nonprofits within Policy Fields” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Summer. 29(3), 637-644.

Jodi Sandfort. 2010. “Designing a Safety-Net that Supports Low-Income Workers,” CURA Reporter, Spring/Summer. 40:1-2, 29-36.

Jodi Sandfort. 2009. “Human Service Organizational Technology:  Improving Understanding and Advancing Research,” Human Services as Complex Organizations, 2nd edition, edited by Yeheskel Hasenfeld.  Sage Publications. 269-290.

Jodi Sandfort, Sally Coleman Selden, and Jessica Sowa. 2008. “Do the Tools Used by Government Influence Organizational Performance? An Examination of Early Childhood Education Policy Implementation,” American Review of Public Administration. December, 38:4, 412-43.

Jodi Sandfort R. and H. Brinton Milward. 2008. “Collaborative Service Provision in the Public Sector,” Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations, edited by Steve Cropper, Mark Ebers, Chris Huxham, and Peter Smith Ring, Oxford University Press, 147-174

Sally Coleman Selden, Jessica Sowa, and Jodi Sandfort. 2006. “The Impact of Nonprofit Collaboration in Early Care and Education on Management and Program Outcomes,” Public Administration Review, 66:3, 412-425.

Stephanie Moulton, Jodi R. Sandfort and Weston Merrick, forthcoming, “Enabling Social Policy Innovation:  Trends and Promising Directions,” Oxford International Handbook of Public Administration for Social Policy:  Promising Practices and Emerging Challenges, edited by Karen Baehler, et al.

Robin Phinney and Jodi R. Sandfort, 2020.  “Discover Together:  Attempting to alter understanding and practices in governments’ work with citizens,” Palgrave Handbook on Co-Production, edited by Elke Loeffler and Tony Bovair.

Jodi R. Sandfort. (2018).  “Theoretical Foundations and Design Principles to Improve Policy and Program Implementation,” The Handbook of Public Administration, edited by Edmundn Stazky and H. George Frederickson.

Sandfort, Jodi and Laura Bloomberg, 2012. “InCommons: Supporting Community-Based Leadership,” Community Development. 43(1): 12-30.

Sandfort, Jodi, 2010. “Reconstituting the Safety Net: Principles and Design Elements that Support Low Income Workers,” Old Assumptions, New Realities: Ensuring Economic Security for Working Families in the 21st Century, edited by Robert Plotnick, Marcia Meyers, Jennifer Romich, and Steven Rathgeb Smith. Russell Sage Foundation, New York.

Eichers Penkert, Catherine, Nicholas Dobbins, and Jodi Sandfort. 2009. “Kujichagulia: Actively Building a Public-Nonprofit-Community Partnership.” Teaching Case – A and B segments. 1st place winner of international, double-blind peer-reviewed competition, Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse

Stone, Melissa M. and Jodi R. Sandfort. 2009. “Building a Policy Fields Framework to Inform Research on Nonprofit Organizations,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. December. 38(6), 1054-1075.

Sandfort, Jodi. 2008. “Using Lessons from Public Affairs to Inform Strategic Philanthropy,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. September. 37:3, 537-552.

Sandfort, Jodi R. 2004. “Trying to Dance to Syncopated Rhythm: The Dynamics of Government Funding for Nonprofits,” Nonprofit Quarterly, Fall.

Sowa, Jessica, Sally Coleman Selden, and Jodi Sandfort. 2004. “No Longer ‘Unmeasurable?’: A Multidimensional Integrated Model of Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 33:4, 711-728.

Ong, Sook Jin and Jodi Sandfort. 2014. Workforce Development in Minnesota. Report for MSPWin (philanthropic funders collaborative). Minneapolis, MN.

Sandfort, Jodi R. 2014. Book review of “Work and the Welfare State: Street-Level Organizations and Workfare Politics”, edited by Evelyn Z. Brodkin and Gregory Marston (Georgetown University Press, 2013) in Social Service Review.

Office of Economic Opportunity: Capitalizing on a Nonprofit Network (with Ahna Minge), multimedia e-Case, 2013

Asset Inequality, Curated Case, 2011

Bridge to Benefits (with Maura Schramko), multimedia e-Case, 2011

Implementing an Alternative to Refund Anticipation Loans at Accountability Minnesota (with Jackie Aman and Kate Connors), multimedia Simulation, 2011

Sandfort, Jodi R. 2011. Implementing the Earned Income Tax Credit at Accountability Minnesota,” Teaching Case – A, B, and C segments. Winner of the Snow Foundation Award for Case in Collaborative Public Management at E-PARC. Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

Sandfort, Jodi R. 2010. “Designing a Safety-Net that Supports Low-Income Workers,” CURA Reporter, Spring/Summer. 40:1-2, 29-36.

Sandfort, Jodi, 2010. “Nonprofits within Policy Fields” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Summer. 29(3), 637-644.

Eichers Penkert, Catherine, Nicholas Dobbins, and Jodi Sandfort. 2009.  “Kujichagulia: Actively Building a Public-Nonprofit-Community Partnership.” Teaching Case – A and B segments. 1st place winner of international, double-blind peer-reviewed competition, Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Translated into Chinese
and Spanish.

Sandfort, Jodi R., Sally Coleman Selden, and Jessica Sowa. 2008. “Do the Tools Used by Government Influence Organizational Performance? An Examination of Early Childhood Education Policy Implementation,” American Review of Public Administration. December, 38:4, 412-43.

Selden, Sally Coleman, Jessica Sowa, and Jodi Sandfort. 2006. “The Impact of Nonprofit Collaboration in Early Care and Education on Management and Program Outcomes,” Public Administration Review, 66:3, 412-425.

Learning from the Master Gardeners: Promoting Family Economic Security with the Tools of Community Action,” Major address, National Association for State Community Service Programs annual fall conference, Portland, OR (October 2005).

Sandfort, Jodi R. 2004. “Why is Human Service Integration so Difficult to Achieve?” Focus (a publication of the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty), 23:2, 35-8.

Adams, Gina, Kathleen Snyder and Jodi Sandfort. 2002. Getting and Retaining Child Care Assistance: How Policies and Practices Influence Families’ ExperiencesAssessing New Federalism project (Occasional Paper Number 55) at the Urban Institute, Washington DC, March.

Adams, Gina, Kathleen Snyder and Jodi Sandfort. 2002. “Navigating the Child Care Subsidy System: Policies and Practices that Affect Access and Retention.” Policy Brief.
Urban Institute, Washington DC, March.

Laura Kaye, Demetra Nightingale, Jodi Sandfort, and Lynne Fender.  2001. “Recent Changes in Massachusetts’ Welfare and Work, Child Care and Child Welfare Systems (State Update No. 5)” Urban Institute’s Assessing New Federalism project, Washington DC, July.

Sandfort, Jodi R. and Sally Coleman Selden. 2001. “Blurring Boundaries in Early Childhood Education: Local Collaborations between Head Start, Preschool and Child Care Programs.” Policy and Practice (journal of the American Public Human Services Association), March.

Sandfort, Jodi and Kathryn Quick. 2017 “Deliberative Technology:  A Holistic Lens for Interpreting Resources and Dynamics in Deliberation.”  Journal of Public Deliberation 13(1) also available at http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol13/iss1/art7

Sandfort, Jodi and Kathryn Quick. 2015. “Building Deliberative Capacity to Create Public Value: The Practices and Artifacts of Art of Hosting,” Valuing Public Value, edited by John Bryson, Laura Bloomberg, and Barbara Crosby. Georgetown University Press, Washington, DC.

Quick, Kathryn and Jodi Sandfort. 2014. “Learning to Facilitate Deliberation: Practicing the Art of Hosting,” Critical Policy Studies 8:3 and “Learning to Facilitate:  Implications for Skill Development in the Public Participation Field,” in The Professionalization of the Public Participation Field, 2017 edited by Laurence Bherer et al. Routledge: New York.

Lundquist, Leah, Jodi Sandfort, Cris Lopez, Marcela Sotela Odor, Karen Seashore, Jen Mein and Myron Lowe, editors. 2013. “Cultivating Change in the Academy: Practicing the Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter within the University of Minnesota.” e-Book University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy.

Sandfort, Jodi R., Nicholas Stuber, and Kathryn Quick. 2012. “Practicing the Art of Hosting: Exploring what Art of Hosting and Harvesting Workshop Participants Understand and Do.” University of Minnesota’s Center for Integrative Leadership: Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lui, Helen and Jodi Sandfort, 2011. “Open Source Platforms for Citizen Engagement: Examining Ashoka’s Design and Implementation,” Nonprofit Policy Forum. 2:2.

Julia Carboni, Todd Dickey, Stephanie Moulton, Sean O’Keefe, Rosemary O’Leary, Suzanne Piotrowski, and Jodi Sandfort (alphabetical). 2019.  “State with the Problem:  Establishing Research Relevance with Integrative Public Administration,” Perspectives on Public Management and Governance: Advanced Access, 267-274.

Sandfort, Jodi and Kevin Gerdes. 2017.  “The Design, Pedagogy, and Practice of an Integrated Public Affairs Leadership Course,” Teaching Public Administration, 35(1): 1-16.

Kilonzo, Susan, Jodi R. Sandfort, and Helen Liu.  2016.  “Using Multi-Media Learning Objects in Public Affairs Classrooms:  Global Experiences with Hubert E-cases & E-Studies” (U.S, Kenya, & Hong Kong)  Journal of Public Affairs Education. 

The Hubert Project:  Where Interactive Teaching Meets Interactive Technology,” December 2014.  APPAM invited blog

State of the Art of Teaching in Public Policy,” keynote with Gregor Walter-Drop, August 2014.  Program for African Governance and Social Science Research, MRPP Professional Development Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya.

Using Multimedia Learning Objects to Enhance Public Affairs Education,” 2014.  Roundtable at Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management spring conference, Washington, DC (April 2014).

Brooks, Christopher and Jodi Sandfort. 2013. “Trial and Error: Iteratively Improving Research on Blended Learning” Research Perspectives in Blended Learning, edited by Chuck Dziuban, Charles Graham, and Anthony Picciano. Routledge/Taylor and Francis Publishing.

Featured Presenter, “Integrative Leadership,” April 2012. TedxUMn, Minneapolis, MN.

Schweik, Charles, Ines Mergel, Jodi Sandfort, and Zhirong Zhao, 2011. “Toward Open Public Administration Scholarship” Journal of Public Administration, Research and Theory, 21: 175-198.

Bingham, Lisa Blomgren, Jodi R. Sandfort, and Rosemary O’Leary. 2008. “Learning to Do and Doing to Learn: Teaching Managers to Collaborate in Networks” Big Ideas in Collaborative Public Management, edited by Blomgren and O’Leary. M.E.Sharpe. 270-285.

Sandfort, Jodi R. and Melissa M. Stone. 2008. “Analyzing Policy Fields: Helping Students Understand Complex State and Local Contexts,” Journal of Public Affairs Education, 14(2), 129-148.

Flynn, Theresa A., Jodi R. Sandfort and Sally Coleman Selden. 2001. “The Three-Dimensional Approach to Learning in Public Management,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 20:3, 551- 564.

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