The Importance of Ripple Effects

by Public Works on August 29, 2013 in August 2013 eNewsletter

Le gocceAt Public Works, we stress the importance of documenting and promoting the ripple effects of public institutions and policies. This is particularly true of human services programs and related policies that, at first glance, appear to benefit only a small segment of society. In reality they often promote stronger, more resilient communities and families in addition to offering direct assistance to the beneficiaries. This piece from the Atlantic does a good job of explaining many of broad-based benefits that will result from Rhode Island’s new paid family leave law.

“Laws like paid family leave can reduce subtle and perhaps even unconscious discrimination in the workplace by signaling an expected, unbiased code of behavior for all organizational participants. Family-friendly policies such as Rhode Island’s new law prompt a broader positive result than their specific legal requirement targets. Caregivers receive a direct benefit from family leave programs: time off. But all employees reap the indirect benefit of a fairer workplace.”

Praise for Feds on Natural Disasters, Parks

by Public Works on August 29, 2013 in August 2013 eNewsletter

Gallup recently asked Americans for their opinions on how their government deals with various public responsibilities. Americans are the most satisfied with government’s handling of natural disasters and parks and open space, and they’re least satisfied with how the federal … Continue reading

Spotlight on a Public Servant

by Public Works on August 29, 2013 in August 2013 eNewsletter

The Partnership for Public Service and the Washington Post teamed up to bring us this profile of Sara Chang, a nutritionist at the USDA who’s leading efforts to provide Americans with new tools for making healthier choices about eating and … Continue reading

This Labor Day, Let’s Make the Case for Laborers

by Elaine Mejia on August 29, 2013 in August 2013 eNewsletter

By Elaine Mejia, Senior Program Associate Time Magazine for Kids has this to say about our upcoming national holiday: “More than a century ago, workers were forced to deal with harsh conditions. They were paid very little, and they often … Continue reading

The Consequences of “Small” Government

by Public Works on August 29, 2013 in August 2013 eNewsletter

We appreciated this piece in the Idaho Statesman penned by Donna Yule, the executive director of the Idaho Public Employees Association. Donna does a good job of articulating the broader mission of the state prison system and envisioning what it … Continue reading

Former Justice O’Connor Touting iCivics in Austin

by Public Works on August 29, 2013 in August 2013 eNewsletter

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently visited the Public Works HQ hometown of Austin, Texas. In a speech at the University of Texas at Austin, she spoke eloquently on the value of public service. O’Connor has been traveling … Continue reading

Making Public Sector Jobs Attractive Again

by Public Works on August 29, 2013 in August 2013 eNewsletter

This article from Remapping Debate discusses the consequences of a public sector that no longer attracts the best and the brightest of the American workforce. More importantly, the article provides some helpful suggestions for a better recruitment strategy. “Thus, while many … Continue reading