GW's Trachtenberg School: Convening Research and Conversations to Forward the Field

October 19, 2018

The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration has been honored to convene experts, academics, practitioners and public servants for discussions on the state of public policy, public administration and public service. Recent examples include:

  • Celebrating 25 Years of Executive Order 12866: Reflecting on its Longevity and Looking to the Future
    The forum, hosted by the Trachtenberg School’s George Washington Regulatory Studies Center, the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis and the American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, featured four past administrators of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) from the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. The forum ended with a look at OIRA’s future and featured Neomi Rao, the current OIRA Administrator.
  • 25th Anniversary of the IBM Center for the Business of Government
    The Trachtenberg School partnered with IBM’s Center for the Business of Government to look back at 25 years of research related to the role of data, management and security in government. Almost 200 experts and practitioners gathered at GW to discuss past successes and future goals for more effective government.
  • Public Administration Review Symposium on Behavioral Approaches to Bureaucratic Red Tape and Administrative Burde
    The Trachtenberg School, GW Regulatory Studies Center and Rutgers University Center for Experimental and Behavioral Public Administration sponsored a symposium on behavioral public administration. The symposium was convened by Trachtenberg School professors Chris Carrigan and Sanjay Pandey, along with Gregg Van Ryzin of Rutgers University. Attracting more than 80 academics and practitioners from 12 different countries and nearly two dozen different U.S. states, participants presented papers applying behavioral insights to core themes in public administration scholarship such as bureaucratic red tape, administrative burden and regulation. Papers presented at the symposium are undergoing the normal peer review process at the Public Administration Review and are expected to be published in 2019.
  • Research Seminars
    The Trachtenberg School research seminar series gathers PhD students and faculty in the Trachtenberg School community for informal conversations about research, often highlighting the featured researcher’s work in progress. The goal is to learn something new and exchange thoughts with the speaker. This fall, the seminars included Norma Riccucci from Rutgers University, Leisha DeHart-Davis from the University of North Carolina and Daniel Smith from the University of Delaware.
  • Urban Econ Day
    Since 2014, Trachtenberg School Professor Leah Brooks has organized and hosted a day-long conference at GW to be “a casual place for serious research by D.C.-area urban economists.” Participants include faculty at D.C. institutions and researchers from the World Bank, Federal Reserve, government agencies and think tanks.
  • Future of Regulation Panel Discussions
    The GW Regulatory Studies Center, Deloitte Center for Government Insights, and the Trachtenberg School hosted almost 100 people on campus to discuss new innovations in regulatory practice with thought leaders in academia, federal agencies and cutting-edge industries. The day included workshop demos of state-of-the-art RegTech tools that provide deep insights and analysis of regulations.
  • GW’s Center for Washington Area Studies Panel “What does E-commerce Mean for Cities?”
    Professor Leah Brooks, co-director of GW’s Center for Washington Area Studies, organized panelists from the D.C. Office of Planning, a local Business Improvement District, a developer and a builder to discuss how cities will respond to the changes wrought on urban areas by the internet.
  • Host Institution: Society for Benefit Cost Analysis annual conferences
    The Trachtenberg School and itsGW Regulatory Studies Center proudly host the practitioners, academics and others working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis.
  • “A 10 Year Reflection on the Williams Administration's Development Legacy”
    GW’s Center for Washington Area Studies and the Trachtenberg School hosted a conversation with former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, a developer and a representative of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The conversation was moderated by local news expert and author, Tom Sherwood, and focused on the successes and failures of the participants’ vision for a growing an inclusive city at the turn of the millennium.
  • Public Performance and Management Review Research Conference:  "Public Administration, Public Policy and Nonprofit Studies: Are We All Touching the Same Camel?"
    Trachtenberg School professors Jasmine McGinnis Johnson and Sanjay Pandey hosted the school’s first conference for research at the intersection of nonprofit studies, public administration and public policy. Noted public and nonprofit management scholars from across the U.S. presented research at the conference.The conference featured an Editors’ panel with editors from leading public policy and public administration journals including Public Administration Review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Following the conference, the professors are guest-editing a special issue of the Public Performance and Management Review that features research presented at the conference.
  • Washington Evaluators meetings
    Throughout each school year, members of the Washington Evaluators – academics, practitioners and experts – come to GW for formal and informal gatherings to learn more about effective evaluation techniques and tools. Recently, the Trachtenberg School hosted a session to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Commission on Evidence Based Policy. Nick Hart, PhD ’16, was the Commission’s Policy Director and chief architect of the report.