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Clearly in a time of shrinking resources, Operation Impact has earned its place as an empirically-validated crime-reduction tool worthy of continued adaptation in New York, and emulation in other cities facing resurgent crime, if they have the capacity to replicate the kind of careful analysis on which the implementation of Operation Impact was launched and its implementation has been tracked and managed.
Smith, D.C. 2005. Practice, Practice, Practice: The Education and Training of Policy Analysts at NYU Wagner. in Geva-May, Iris (ed.), A Clinical Approach to Policy Analysis.
The world of policy represents the confluence of a number of intellectual strands in which the clinician brings science together with intuition, and uses his or her experience to interpret the evidence and make recommendations for treatment. This important volume brings together leading scholars to explore the "how" of thinking about policy--the questions, values, judgments and experience the analyst brings to bear.
Smith, D.C. 2003. Managing UNCIVPOL: The Potential of Performance Management in International Public Services. in Dijkzeul, D. and Beigbeder, Y (eds.), Rethinking International Organizations: Pathologies and Promise. Oxford/New York: Berghahn Books.
The management of international organizations is attracting growing attention. Most of this attention is highly critical of both the UN system and International NGOs. Sometimes, this criticism lacks depth or reflects insufficient understanding of these organizations, or is based on narrow, and sometimes biased, internal political concerns of a particular country. International relations theory has insufficiently studied the type of linkages that these organizations provide between international decision-making and Northern fundraising on the one hand, and practical action in the South on the other. As a result, current theory too rarely focuses on the inner functioning of these organizations and is unable to explain the deficiencies and negative outcomes of their work. While the authors identify and describe the pathologies of international organizations in, for example, international diplomacy, fundraising, and implementation, they also stress positive elements, such as their intermediary role. The latter form the basis for more efficient and effective policies and action that, in addition to some recent political trends also described in this volume, hold hope for a stronger functioning of these organizations in the future.
Smith, D.C. 2001. Old Wine, New Bottles? The Distinctive Challenges of Managing International Public Service Organizations. a paper presented at the 23rd Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) in Washington DC, November 1-3.
Smith, D.C. 2001. Electronic Government, Transparency, and Performance Management in the Governance of Cities. a paper presented at the United Nations/Metropolitan Seoul Conference on EGovernance, Seoul, Korea, August.
Bratton, W. & Smith, D.C. 2001. Performance Management in New York City: COMPSTAT and the Revolution in Police Management. in Quicker, Better, Cheaper? Managing Performance in American Government, ed. Dall Forsythe. Albany: Suny Press.
Scholars may argue about the effectiveness of the "reinvention movement" at the state and federal level. At the local level, the managers of urban police forces have in fact reinvented American police administration, and in doing so have contributed to dramatic reductions in crime all across the nation. The story of this reinvention is complex, but central to it is a radical shift in the way police organizations strategically use information about performance to achieve greater managerial accountability. Because these new performance management techniques were pioneered in New York City in the mid-1990s, the development and implementation of Compstat by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is a valuable case study of this new approach to policing.