Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category


the real csi

July 5, 2012

How reliable is the forensic evidence collected and analyzed by crime scene investigators? Find out here.



June 21, 2012

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Workshop on Appointees – May 4-5th

May 2, 2012

This Thursday and Friday!

Appointee Politics and the Implications for Government Effectiveness

Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs


The Center for Public Administration and Policy and the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech

Dates: May 4 and 5, 2012

Location: Alexandria, Virginia


Matthew Dull and Patrick Roberts, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

Center for Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International


William Resh, Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Registration: Andina Nagler, Virginia Tech (

Local Host: Patrick Roberts, Virginia Tech, (, 202-549-4987


The workshop will engage scholars and government officials in empirical and theoretical questions about the role of Senate-confirmed appointees in American government. The workshop aims to build a community of scholars working on appointees, and it aims to connect scholars and government officials concerned about reforms to the appointment process. We hope this will be the first in a series of events.

Here’s the Workshop Agenda.


Internet Protest and Support for SOPA

January 20, 2012

Cool graphic noted by Andrew Sullivan.


National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership – Thursday (9/15)

September 13, 2011

Alexandria Quality of Life Initiative Lunchtime Workshop Series

National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership:

Case Studies on Using Data for Community Change

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Noon -1pm

Join us on September 15 for a discussion about the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a nationwide initiative of 35 cities that seeks to advance the use of data systems for policy analysis and community building in U.S. cities.

Our speaker is noted expert Tom Kingsley, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute, who will highlight several case studies on using data for community change from NNIP members. Tom also will discuss best practices for data collection, analysis and action from the perspective of public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Among the questions we’ll cover include:

■ What can we learn from other communities that have successfully implemented a Quality of Life initiative similar to Alexandria’s?

■ What national data files have small area data that we might use?

■ What types of data can and do other communities develop?

Tom’s research specializes in housing, urban policy, and governance issues. He served for over a decade as Director of the Institute’s Center for Public Finance and Housing and currently directs the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership.

LOCATION: Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Street parking nearby and also accessible via Alexandria’s DASH bus service

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The Trouble with Bikeshare

August 31, 2011

At first I was a Capital Bikeshare skeptic. It seemed like a flashy and expensive undertaking – when, as a biker, I thought DC just needed some more places to lock-up. Then they moved a couple Capital Bikeshare stands into our neighborhood north of Columbia Heights and I became a convert. What a convenient way to get downtown!

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Ceilings going through the roof…

July 15, 2011

The Washington Post: