Each month, ASPA offers its members free online learning opportunities including professional development, our Student Series webinars and BookTalks. Practitioners and academics alike can take part in these webinars, covering a range of subjects of interest to public administrators. Below are opportunities currently scheduled to take place this December. Visit the ASPA website for more information about webinars, BookTalks or the Student Series, and to register now for the webinars of your choice!


ASPA webinars are free to members; non-members pay $75 per webinar.


This month webinars are the following:


Conducting Experimental Research in Public Administration

Thursday, Feb. 8 | 1-2:15 p.m. ET



Oliver JamesUniversity of Exeter

Gregg Van RyzinRutgers University—Newark, School of Public Affairs and Administration

This webinar will discuss the practicalities of doing this type of work in the field, as well as publishing it. Our speakers will reflect on their experiences, including why, how and where to do this research. Presenters will also share examples of lessons learned from their own experiences.


Driving Performance through Improved Employee Engagement

In Partnership with the Center for Accountability and Performance

Thursday, Feb. 22 | 1-2:15 p.m. ET



Mallory Barg BulmanPartnership for Public Service
Bob LavignaInstitute for Public Sector Employee Engagement and CPS HR Consulting

Alexandra SmithCity of Memphis
Michael ZingsheimState of Michigan

Decades of research have shown that improving employee engagement will drive higher levels of organizational performance, including in the public sector. During this webinar, hosted in collaboration with the Center for Accountability and Performance, panelists will discuss how measuring and improving engagement drives improved organizational performance in federal, state and local government. We will look at why employee engagement matters, provide lessons learned from the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings and share experiences with employee engagement from the state and local levels.

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