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The Aspen Insitute today released a new report in Washington, D.C., by NYU Wagner Visiting Professor Beth Noveck and Daniel L. Goroff. The report, "Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data," shows how new technology designed to improve data on the nonprofit sector can prompt greater innovation and effectiveness.
Noveck is former director of the White House Open Government Initiative. Goroff, while at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, helped establish the new Interagency Task Force on Smart Disclosure. He is a program director with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Jonathan Morduch, professor of public policy and economics at NYU Wagner, has co-edited a new collection about the world’s vast “unbanked” population. The book, Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, examines how to realize the goal of extending banking and other financial services to the estimated 2.5 billion people, just over half the adult population globally, who lack them. It. is published by The MIT Press and can be ordered here.
Morduch, a contributor to the volume, is the executive director and co-founder of the Financial Access Initiative, an inter-university research center housed at the Wagner school. The full gamut of essays explore such topics as the complexity of surveying people about their use of financial services; evidence of the impact of financial services on income; and the occasional negative effects of financial services on poor households, including disincentives to work and over-indebtedness. Along with Murdoch, the book's co-editors include Robert Cull and Asli Demirglic-Kunt.
About the Editors:
Robert Cull is a Lead Economist in the Finance and Delivery Private Sector Development Team of the World Bank’s Development Research Group. Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is Director of Development Policy in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency and Chief Economist of the Financial and Private Sector Development Network (FPD).
Asli Demirguc-Kunt is Senior Research Manager, Finance and Private Sector, in the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group. She is the coeditor of Financial Structures and Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Comparison of Banks, Markets, and Development (MIT Press, 2001).
Jonathan J. Morduch is Professor of Public Policy and Economics at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is the coauthor of The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press) and Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day.
Paul Light, NYU Wagner’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, will lead a lively and informative exchange on the expectations and goals of President Barack Obama’s second term on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5:00 p. m. in Washington D.C.
“Executing a Second Term” will feature former presidential advisors Thomas F. McLarty and Kenneth M. Duberstein, and will take place at New York University's Abramson Family Auditorium at 1307 L Street NW. The event - free and open to the public - is sponsored by NYU Washington, D.C. and the University's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress.
Professor Light is founding principal investigator of NYU’s Global Center for Public Service and the author of 25 books, including works on social entrepreneurship, the nonprofit sector, federal government reform, public service, and the baby boom. Kenneth Duberstein is chairman and CEO of the Duberstein Group, an independent strategic planning and consulting company, and was chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and 1989. Thomas "Mack" McLarty III is president of McLarty Associates, an international advisory firm based in Washington, and was chief of staff to President Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1994.
Registration is required - please visit http://www.nyu.edu/brademas/programs.events/.
Brian Elbel, assistant professor of medicine and health policy with NYU Wagner and the NYU School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant from the New York State Health Foundation to evaluate New York City’s new policy limiting the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB’s) to servings of 16 ounces or less at restaurants and other food-service establishments.
This is the first large-scale, population-level policy to target SSB consumption in the US, and it is unknown how consumers and suppliers will respond.
The project will examine the influence of the policy on calorie purchasing and consumption at fast food restaurants, where the majority of SSBs subject to the policy are sold. Additionally, it will examine the impact on total daily calories consumed by fast food consumers. Data collection will include point of purchase receipt collection and surveys from fast food restaurant consumers, along with follow-up 24 hour dietary recalls with these same consumers.
To control for secular trends data will be collected from two areas of New Jersey statistically matched to NYC as non-treated comparison communities. This grant supports collection of baseline data, before the policy is implemented.
Earlier this year, NYU Wagner partnered with New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio and his office’s nonprofit Fund for Public Advocacy as well as the New York Community Trust to support a rigorous public dialogue about City pensions, retiree health care expenses, and other long-term public obligations and liabilities.
Wagner hosted two of the three forums, which were moderated by New York Times metro columnist Michael Powell and included experts in state and local financal management, including Dan Smith, assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management at Wagner.
To read a just-published summary of the discussions, entitled “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: A Report and Roadmap for Action,” visit here.
You will also find a backgrounder (a companion booklet supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation) concerning the size of government and the changing cost, design, and affordability of the City's and State's retirement benefits: “Balancing New York’s Fiscal Responsibilities: Public Employee Pensions & Retiree Health Care Costs.”
NYU Wagner Visiting Professor Beth Noveck is featured in the December issue of Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012,” and joins five others at New York University also recognized on the magazine's list -- including: Danah Boyd of Steinhardt, Chen Guangcheng of the School of Law, and, from Stern, Jonathan Haidt, Paul Romer, and Nouriel Roubini.
Professor Noveck’s book, Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful, has been translated into Russian, Arabic and Chinese. According to the Foreign Policy profile: “Open government isn't built in a day, or one presidential term, for that matter. But if the initiatives she [Noveck] has set in motion – from the National Archives dashboard for citizen archivists to the Department of Health and Human Services website for comparing insurance options –are any indication, Noveck has arguably done more than anyone to lay the foundations for a Washington that feels less like a cloistered village and more like an online public square.”
Professor Noveck served in the White House as the first U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer and as founder and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-11). She has served as an advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron on how technology can better employ technology in the public sector. She also served on the 2008 Obama-Biden transition team and was a volunteer advisor to the Obama for America campaign on issues of technology, innovation, and government reform. She focuses her scholarship, activism, and teaching on the future of democracy in the 21st century. Specifically, her work addresses how we can use technology to create more open and collaborative government. With a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, she is collaborating with colleagues to create a research network on the impact of technology on democratic institutions.
She will be a featured guest at a Foreign Policy gala on November 29 in Washington, D.C.
NYU Wagner visiting professor Beth Noveck and clinical professor Shankar Prasad are in 10 Downing St. today, Nov. 9, for the start of a two-day conversation -- co-hosted by Wagner -- on the future of democracy and the impact of technology.
They join about 40 others at a long table in the wood-paneled State Dining Room, a mix of intersecting and influential perspectives from industry, government, development, nonprofits, and universities. The participants also include Wagner MPA students Kevin Hansen and Sean Brooks.
The London gathering represents a planning meeting for a MacArthur Foundation-supported research network that will develop collaborative new strategies for tackling the world’s hardest problems.
In the evening, the group of thought leaders will head to a dinner organized by the World Bank to continue the discussion in an informal setting. They'll resume the conference on Nov. 10.
Click here to view the conversations on Storify.
Wagner alum, Dylan Congor, received the 2012 Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The award honors those who make outstanding contributions to public service education and demonstrate teaching excellence over a sustained period of time.
Congor earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Wagner in 2004, and is currently the Director of the Masters in Public Policy Program and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University.
She was presented the award on October 18, 2012 at NASPAA’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. David H. Rosenbloom of American University was also a recipient. The Whittington Award is named in honor of the 2000 recipient, Leslie A. Whittington, who perished in Flight 77 at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Congor joins Wagner Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy Ingrid Gould Ellen in this honor, as Professor Ellen received the prestigious award in 2009.
The April edition of the New England Journal for Medicine features an essay co-written by Jan Blustein, professor of health policy and medicine at NYU Wagner, on the prospects for success of hospital “pay for performance.” The new payment mechanism will be implemented across U.S. acute care hospitals this October under the Medicare Hospital Value-Based (VBP) program.
Paying U.S. acute care hospitals for improved performance is based on the notion that money changes behavior. “Accumulating evidence, however, raises serious doubts about whether the program will improve value in health care,” Professor Blustein writes with Andrew Ryan, a public health scholar at the Weill Cornell Medical College in the essay “Making the Best of Hospital Pay for Performance.” The piece, newly-published online and available in print April 26, explores how we can learn from the program as it unfolds, and how it can be improved, and includes an audio interview with Dr. Blustein.
Dr. Blustein’s research on this topic appears separately in the April edition of the journal Health Affairs. In this scholarly article, coauthored with Ryan and other experts in public policy and medicine, she examines the impact of the incentive’s piloted use by Massachusetts to address racial and ethnic disparities in hospital care. The research raises questions about whether "pay for performance" for hospitals is an effective method for stemming disparities.
In addition to her role as professor of health policy and medicine at Wagner, Blustein co-directs New York University’s NIH-funded TL1 PhD program in Clinical and Translational Research, and is the founding director of the IRB Initiative, a resource for issues involving federal regulation of human-subjects research. She holds an MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from Wagner.