New Tools for Promoting the Role of Government in Child Well-Being

by Public Works on April 30, 2015 in April 2015 eNewsletter

child well-being toolsWe’ve been hard at work producing tools for communicators seeking to promote the role government does and should play in child well-being. The challenges are we face are clear – the persistence of the idea of the “family bubble,” stereotypes about who benefits from public services, and myths about government ineffectiveness. That’s why it’s important that we become more effective and more consistent messengers for a better, more aspirational and more compelling story about the role of the public sector in helping children succeed in life. Now on our new webpage dedicated to the topic you can find:

  • a presentation summarizing our recommendations for communicators
  • a new graphic timeline highlighting the role of government in promoting child well-being throughout our nation’s history
  • a recording of our recent crowd-sourced webinar in which we presented the great work that came out of our workshop at the KidsCount network conference in November
  • links to relevant external resources

And there’s more coming soon.

A Great Example of Government Doing Good

by Public Works on April 30, 2015 in April 2015 eNewsletter

Any time anything goes wrong with a government program, we hear about it. Whether it’s Secret Service screw-ups (which didn’t actually hurt anybody) or the rollout of Obamacare (never mind that they fixed it), the media and the public cite … Continue reading

Public-Sector Instagram Stars

by Public Works on April 30, 2015 in April 2015 eNewsletter

What do Kim Kardashian and the Department of the Interior have in common? They both rock Instagram. Contently.com recently featured four government agencies that use the visual platform to humanize bureaucracy and give users a change to appreciate what they … Continue reading

Building Diversity in Municipal Government

by Public Works on April 30, 2015 in April 2015 eNewsletter

“If urban demographics were based solely on who is employed in government jobs, cities would be 83 percent white and 79 percent male.” That’s the opening of Next City’s article on efforts to increase diversity in municipal governments. Living Cities, … Continue reading

The Economic Benefits of Political Disagreement

by Public Works on April 30, 2015 in April 2015 eNewsletter

We live in an age of partisan gridlock, with public debates that often sound like bickering. And that’s good for the country. That’s according to a recent article by Nita Rudra, an associate professor of government at Georgetown University, and … Continue reading

Is Compulsory Voting a Good Idea?

by Public Works on April 30, 2015 in April 2015 eNewsletter

President Obama mentioned the idea of compulsory voting at a town hall event in March, bringing new attention to the concept. In an article for the Washington Post, Shane Singh, an associate professor in the University of Georgia’s Department of … Continue reading

The Moral Failing of Employers

by Public Works on April 30, 2015 in April 2015 eNewsletter

It’s not uncommon to hear the argument that poverty, especially in minority communities, is the result of moral failings—absent fathers, drug use, and most of all, a lack of personal responsibility. But in her new book, “The Tumbleweed Society: Working … Continue reading