For many years, people who study public management, administration, and policy implementation have discussed how to make our research more relevant to the problems of practice. How can we be both relevant and rigorous? For me, this commitment has taken me deep into writings about social theory, including theories that make sense of strategic action and practice decisions. It has taken me deep into perfecting field studies in which I deploy multiple research methods. It has increasingly made me interested in the processes of design. Last year, I have the benefit of attending the fourth Minnowbrook conference to consider the future of this scholarly field. Working with a group of attendees, we wrote out some of our thoughts under the title, "Start with the Problem," and the essay is now published in Perspectives in Public Management and Governance. I've attached it here.
Dr. Jodi Sandfort
Professor & Chair at the University of Minnesota