Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Moynihan shares expertise in Middle East and Europe

Don Moynihan at a podium with a sign includes some words in Hebrew and, in English, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Social Sciences.
Don Moynihan

Public management expert Don Moynihan gave several presentations in the Middle East and Europe in early January.

In Israel he presented the closing keynote speech at a conference organized by the Structure and Organisation of Government hosted by Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The speech was titled "Administrative Burden: Framing Citizen — State Interactions in the Study of Governance."

Moynihan also served as a discussant and gave a paper co-authored with Simon Calmar Andersen if Aarhus University titled "Bureaucratic Investments in Expertise: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Field Trial." SOG is a research committee of the International Political Science Association.

Moynihan later gave a talk in Brussels at a seminar organized at the European Commission. "A unit in the commission, the Community of Practice on Results Based Management, had me give a talk to staff from countries that were receiving structural funds about the experience of performance management practices in the United States," Moynihan says "I am also providing feedback for them on a sourcebook they provide to members about how to implement performance management." He talked with some Flemish public officials on the same topic.

The purpose of European Commission seminar, "From Talk to Action: Cases of Reform in the Public Sector," was to clarify what a results focus actually entails and to share in-depth knowledge about how to improve the performance of government.