Public Good through Private Sector Paradigms: The City of Long Beach Civic Center

“Public-private partnerships,” or P3, are nothing new. Win-win opportunities for the public achieved through private sector paradigms are often highly coveted models for municipal officials. However; the new Long Beach Civic Center, currently under construction, is a new level of P3 engagement. This e-case details the Long Beach project and questions how best the public sector can apply contemporary collaborative practices.    See full post

Learning to Use Data in a Public Human Services Agency

This E-Case tells the story of how the anxious and demoralized staff of Maryland’s newly-created Office of Eligibility Services (OES), together with its new Executive Director, overcame their lack of data analytics training and an aging data infrastructure to successfully implement and monitor the governor’s high priority Medical Assistance to Families (MAF) expansion, as well as facilitate day-to-day outreach, eligibility, and enrollment functions.    See full post

Author Post: Lessons for public managers for instilling a data culture

Written by Cheryl A. Camillo (pictured below), author of Hubert Project E-Case “Learning to Use Data in a Public Human Services Agency”. "We don’t,” said the branch chief with the courage to utter the unexpected when I asked the managers of my nascent state office how they used data to do their jobs. As I learned, the employees of Maryland’s Office of Eligibility Services (OES), like many in public service, performed their duties without up-to-date tools and training. Less than one year later that same manager regularly developed and populated data tables tracking the success of our Medical Assistance to Families expansion. One unsolicited case processing report she delivered bore a smiley face and note reading "I attached 2... Continue reading

Create a learning material with us! Respond to our RFP by December 10, 2017.

The Hubert Project is looking for public affairs/nonprofit management faculty, doctoral students and seasoned nonprofit professionals interested in authoring multimedia learning materials.  The Hubert Project aims to advance the learning of students pursuing public and nonprofit management studies and the professional development of public and nonprofit leaders. Read the full RFP here. These materials might take the form of a multimedia case study (“e-case”) or a multimedia presentation of a tool/framework/method and its application (“e-study”). Hubert Project will support material authors (“content experts”) with training in the process of content creation, and support for the technical build of the final mater... Continue reading

Before & After: Exploring organizational change from four perspectives

This E-Case tells the story of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) before and after a major organizational transition. MNRAAA went from being a nonprofit in name but embedded in other local agencies, to a standalone nonprofit. The E-Case uses the four-frame model created by Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal to understand the nuances of MNRAAA before and after its transition.    See full post

Author Post: A model for understanding complex organizations

Written by Julia Jackson (pictured below), co-author of Hubert Project E-Case "Before & After: Exploring organizational change from four perspectives". Trying to understand an organization can feel like a monumental task. There is the mission of the organization, its purpose and values. Digging in a little more we can look at the programs and the communities the organization serves, and the actual impact the organization is making. But there are also the staff members, their day-to-day interactions, and how the organizational hierarchy is set up. We can also look at the board of directors and how the directors interact with each other and with other elements of the organization. Partnerships with other organizations can be important... Continue reading

Ripe for Change: Just Food’s Recovery from Executive Misconduct

This E-Case details a Lawrence, Kansas, food bank’s experience with—and recovery from—executive fraud. Organizational stakeholders describe their experiences working through this crisis and the ways in which the misconduct case impacted staff, board members, clients and the community at large. This example can be used to consider board member responsibilities, ethical leadership, and nonprofit governance issues broadly.    See full post

Author Post: Just Grow

Written by Heather Getha-Taylor, author of Hubert Project E-Case "Ripe for Change: Just Food's Recovery from Executive Misconduct" In Fall 2016, I taught a course on nonprofit management at the University of Kansas. In preparation for the session on financial management, I was struck by the scope of fraud and misconduct in charitable organizations. I selected some high-profile stories to present the myriad impacts of corruption on stakeholder trust, organizational reputation, and client services. Among those stories was one from our own backyard: the story of Jeremy Farmer and his 2015 embezzlement from Just Food, a food bank that serves Douglas County, Kansas. One of the students in the class shared her thoughts on this unfortunate l... Continue reading

Nonprofit Leadership Across Borders

This E-Case allows students to examine nonprofit leadership across borders, scrutinize the opportunities and challenges of grassroots development aid through small, international nonprofit organizations, and consider questions about how small, international nonprofits are vehicles in which to put global citizenship into action. The case takes place between Buffalo, New York and Kisumu, Kenya. The author would like thank the board members and volunteers of Future in Our Hands - USA and Future in Our Hands - Kenya for their participation in providing insight to this project and most importantly their passion for global justice.    See full post

Is the Future of U.S. Foreign Aid in the Hands of Small Nonprofit Organizations? Maybe.

Written by Susan Appe, author of Hubert Project E-Case "Nonprofit Leadership Across Borders" Official foreign aid by the U.S. government was on the chopping block while I was working on this E-Case, which is about a small, international nonprofit organization working in international development. It seemed to be good timing, as I have found that these organizations are a growing trend and might now play an important role in how Americans contribute to development projects abroad. As such, I was moved to write a short piece for The Conversations about the topic of “do it-yourself” foreign aid while drafting up the E-Case. Small, international nonprofit organizations like FIOH-USA in Buffalo, New York, directly relate to my re... Continue reading