Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, April 25, 2016

University honors Moynihan with research award

University honors Moynihan with research award

Professor Donald Moynihan of the La Follette School of Public Affairs has received the Leon D. Epstein Distinguished Faculty Research Award from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s College of Letters & Science.

Moynihan has presented his research on public sector performance to policymakers at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. His research on federal agencies’ use of performance management data was referenced in President Barack Obama’s proposed U.S. budget for 2016 and 2017.

“I’m thrilled that the College of Letters & Science recognized Don and his critical research, teaching, and service to our institution,” said La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee.

A UW-Madison faculty member since 2005, Moynihan is serving a two-year term as president of the Public Management Research Association. He was recently invited to serve on a National Academies of Sciences panel on Performance-Based Safety Regulation. He was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011 and created the Performance Information Project in 2009.

Moynihan’s book, The Dynamics of Performance Management: Constructing Information and Reform, received the 2012 Herbert A. Simon Book Award from the American Political Science Association and the 2009 Best Book Award from the Public and Non-Profit Division of the Academy of Management. The Simon Award honors the book with the most significant influence in public administration scholarship in the previous three to five years.

Moynihan is a faculty affiliate in UW-Madison’s Department of Political Science, Institute for Research on Poverty, Institute for Clinical & Translational Research, European Union Center of Excellence, and Center for Demography of Health and Aging.

Epstein was a professor political science and dean during the tumultuous late 1960s. His estate gift honors top faculty within the College of Letters & Science.

“I am deeply honored by the award, given the amazing colleagues I am privileged to work with in the College of Letters & Science,” said Moynihan. He plans to use the award to pursue a book project on the administrative burdens citizens encounter in their interactions with government, and to pursue experimental tests of how people use performance data in the policy process.