Climate Science Denial - MSNBC interview with MA Public Management alum

Tiffany Germain, @Tiffany_Germain, an alumnus of the MA in Public Management Program, was interviewed by MSNBC yesterday on a report she did for CAP on the majority of climate science deniers in Congress. Watch the interview here



Dr. Ginsberg on CSPAN

UPDATE: View a recording of the discussion here.
Tune in on January 18th at 1:30 ET and 10:30 PM ET to CSPAN's Book TV to see Dr. Benjamin Ginsberg, Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, discuss his new book, The Worth of War.  The segment will also be viewable on the network's online video library.

About The Worth of War:
Although war is terrible and brutal, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg in this incisive, well-researched study of the benefits to civilization derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg makes a convincing case that war selects for and promotes certain features of societies that are generally held to represent progress. These include rationality, technological and economic development, and liberal forms of government (Prometheus Books).



JHU Center Hosts Roundtable on Internet Advocacy


Alan Rosenblatt, Dorothea Israel Wolfson, and Cameron Chisolm discussed how online platforms are revolutionizing higher education and career training
The Center for Advanced Governmental Studies hosted an Internet Advocacy Roundtable on Thursday.  Participants included Cameron Chisholm, President of International Peace & Security; Aine Fay, Operations Director of Concern Worldwide, and Dorothea Israel Wolfson, Program Director, JHU MA in Government.  Alan Rosenblatt, Senior Vice-President of Digital Strategy at Turner 4D was the moderator of the panel.  Cameron Chisolm discussed how International Peace & Security has increasingly used online training and online modules to provide training for their staff and stake-holders.  He discussed the pros and cons of using online modules and how participants from numerous organizations have benefited from them as well as some of the limits of the online platform as some of the nuances of some subject areas, such as teaching religious tolerance, are difficult to completely capture online to disparate audiences.  Dorothea Israel Wolfson discussed how the MA in Government Program has developed into an online leader in masters programs.  She shared some of the course offerings in the area of democracy and developmentthat have already reached an international audience of students, many of whom are able to continue their education solely because of online offerings.  Countries where students have taken her online classes range from China to Mongolia, to Turkey, Israel, Ecuador and Australia, to name just a few.   Aine Fay discussed how Concern Worldwide has developed low-bandwidth training programs for first responders so they may react quickly and effectively plug into the international relief infrastructure.  Some of the drawbacks of online training were discussed as well, such as how to better ensure retention rates of participants and to ensure that they are getting as much as they can from training modules.       

The Center offers fully online degree option in the MA in Government Program.  Other online programs include the MS in Governmental Analytics and the Certificate in Nonprofit Management and the Certificate in Intelligence Studies.  If you'd like to view the podcast, please go to 


Chantale Wong Speaks at GAB Forum

This month's GAB Forum featured Chantale Wong, former Vice President of Administration and Finance at the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC).  Ms. Wong has also held senior positions at the Department of the Interior and Department of the Treasury, as well as the Asian Development Bank.

Ms. Wong's talk ("Do Analytics Work in Performance-Based Budgeting/Funding?") focused on evidence and evaluation at MCC.  MCC relies on data and analytics to inform its decision making regarding grants to developing nations.  Countries are evaluated using third-party data from organizations such as the World Bank and World Health Organization.  MCC creates a scorecard for each country that includes ratings on indicators such as corruption, civil liberties, access to credit and government effectiveness.  If a country receives a passing score for at least 10 of the 20 indicators, it may be considered for an MCC grant.

One of the biggest challenges with creating these scorecards is the subjectivity of some of the indicators.  Measuring corruption, for example, can be quite difficult.  This measure is created using surveys of citizens, so it is subject to the well-known limitations of survey data.  

In general, MCC works hard to gather as much data as possible to maximize the accuracy of the scorecards.  The data from some countries, however, is not as reliable as MCC would like.  Employment data, for example, is often incomplete.  The MCC must continually confront missing data problems when developing its analytic models.

Ms. Wong, however, emphasized that increasing the openness of data is only one component of creating more open governments.  She explained that governments must also increase the transparency of their decision making processes before they can consider themselves truly open to their citizens.

For a recording of the event, click here.

To view the slides from the event, click here.


Alum Tom Manatos Featured in Today's Washington Post


Tom Manatos, (right), at the Alumni Advisory Board receptionA great article featuring super networker Tom Manatos, an alum of the MA in Government Program (2011) and member of the Center's Alumni Advisory Board in today's Washington Post here.