Public Service Education

Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service

Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service is an initiative of the Volcker Alliance focused on spurring educational innovation to meet the challenges of complex governance in the future. This project furthers one of the primary objectives of the Alliance: supporting the development of new educational approaches to achieve public service excellence. Preparing Tomorrow’s Public Service is a research-based project intended to contribute to the vital work of governance by:

GEAR Center Challenge Pilot

In September 2019, the Volcker Alliance, Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University (Civic Impact), and the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) won the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center Challenge grand prize.

Understanding Tenure and Promotion at Schools of Public Affairs

As part of its interest in promoting collaboration between research and practice, the Volcker Alliance partnered with leading schools of public policy and administration to understand how the community balances consideration of faculty research, teaching, and service.

Press Coverage

Key Competencies for Public Procurement

In 2016, the Volcker Alliance examined the state of the public workforce responsible for $2 trillion in procurement spending each year. The Alliance proposed a model of the essential skills and competencies required for public procurement that could be applicable at all levels of government. The Alliance then engaged with procurement officials and thought leaders, public affairs scholars, vendors, and other government leaders to collect their impressions of the workforce’s current proficiency in each critical capacity.

Press Coverage

Army Magazine
Friday, June 26, 2020

Public Service Curriculum Project

The Public Service Curriculum Project aims to provide an unobstructed view of the current state of the field of public service education. The Project will utilize machine learning and other advanced analytical tools to assess and catalog defining characteristics of leading public service education programs. The Public Service Curriculum Project (the “Project”), led by Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University's Robert F.

Press Coverage

Times Higher Education
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Public Service Education Accelerator

Paul A. Volcker, the founder of the Volcker Alliance, recognized the singular capacity of Schools of Public Service to strengthen the public sector workforce and help solve the great issues of our time. The Public Service Education Accelerator (PSE Accelerator), an initiative launched by the Volcker Alliance in 2020, operates under this same belief and is dedicated to developing and implementing innovative strategies to amplify the reach and impact of public service education.

Next Generation Service Partnership

NextGen Service seeks to create an American democracy strengthened by broad participation in public service, diverse leadership, and constructive collaboration by inspiring and preparing college students to serve their communities and Nation as well as drive change.

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