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Tidings and Soundings: Timely, Thoughtful, Scholarship for Practice as provided by Max Stephenson, Jr.

The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance (IPG), led by Max Stephenson, Jr., Professor of Public and International Affairs, maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. IPG engages in research, […]

Broadening the mind, exploring new places: Sustainable Policy-Making and Planning in Europe Study abroad affords fantastic opportunities

Advancing environmental, social and economic sustainability is one of the most important challenges, and opportunities, of our time. Given the complex nature of the ‘wicked’ problems we face, persistent uncertainties and competing interests and priorities, there is much that future policy-makers and planners have to grapple with. SPIA’s Sustainable Policy-Making and Planning in Europe study […]

Virginia Tech’s MPA Program Seeks Adjunct Faculty to Teach Public Budgeting, Policy/Program Evaluation, and Public Policy Processes in Alexandria

VT’s nationally-ranked Masters in Public Administration program seeks adjunct faculty to teach courses in Public Budgeting, Policy/Program Evaluation, and Public Policy Processes at the School for Public and International Affairs campus in Alexandria, Va., starting in January 2018. Our classes meet in the evenings since many of our MPA students are full-time professionals in the […]

SPIA Leadership Program Impacts State Facility: Leads to Mentoring Collaboration

Tiffany Absher, April Alford, Dee Anne Brooks, Denny Brooms, Amanda Craig, Barbara Edwards, Oscar Flores, Charlene Guynn, Danyale Lundy, Matt Miller, Melissa Nester, Rebecca Nester, Don Newberry, Katie Newman, Rebecca Oakes, Lisa Patton, Thomas Smith, Crystal Vaughan, Corey Williams, and Kelly Williams.

A spring morning in Hillsville, VA found a group gathered in the […]

Financial Resilience: Virginia and Beyond

VIA SliderPublic schools. Police and fire services. Trash pickup. Water and sewer. Road construction and maintenance. Many of the services we associate with government—and which are basic to our everyday quality of life—are delivered at the local and state level. But state and local governments today are struggling to provide […]

Addressing the state of America’s trust in government

This year’s Ridenour Conference and High Table Celebration will address the central theme of “Faith in the System: Restoring Trust in Government in a Time of Complex Governing Challenges.” The two-day event will include a line-up of influential speakers and feature discussion panels led by faculty from the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).

The […]

Ridenour Conference will shed light on America’s trust in government leaders

Do you trust the government and its institutions? According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans’ trust in their political leaders is at a historic low. However, at a time when conversations abound about fake news, potential foreign interference in U.S. elections, government hacking of private citizens’ personal information, confrontations fueled by outcries of discrimination that […]