PAR Preview ▪ Issue 83 ▪ June 2017
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Evidence in Public Administration
Kimberley R. Isett, Brian W. Head, and Gary VanLandingham, Editors
Building Holistic Evidence for Social Media Impact
Social media measurement is important for understanding an organization’s reach and engagement with its audiences. In response to Warren Kagarise and Staci M. Zavattaro’s question about what works in social media measurement, Ines Mergel (University of Konstanz, Germany) discusses how public administration researchers and practitioners are using social media data that they can easily collect from social media platforms and contrasts these practices with data measurement efforts that can provide deeper insights for evidence-based decision making. This evidence includes interactivity and connectivity among citizens, attributes of network actors, and network structures and positions to understand how content travels through the network and who are the influential actors. Link to PAR Early View
Reflections on Leadership and Its Politics: Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, 2009–17
Henry Lambright (Syracuse University) interviews Charles Bolden and reflects on Bolden’s career at NASA, providing background and context particularly in regard to the problems Bolden had with the political side of his job during his first two years and how those problems were alleviated. Link to PAR Early View
Why Do Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations Offer Free Public Access?
A number of studies have shown that arts and cultural programs offer multifarious benefits to individuals and communities. However, there has been little discussion in the public management literature regarding access to cultural programs for people with limited disposable income. Although the arts industry is increasingly emphasizing the importance of expanding cultural access for all, we know little about what drives individual nonprofit organizations’ strategies. Mirae Kim (University of Missouri), Sheela Pandey (Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg), and Sanjay K. Pandey (The George Washington University) draw on benefits theory and resource dependence theory to explore the relationships between different types of revenue and the extent to which performing arts nonprofits offer free access. They use a unique data set compiled by DataArts to test how various types of revenue influence accessibility to the arts and find that performing arts nonprofits receiving grants from local governments, foundations, and corporations offer more free access. The article concludes with a discussion of study implications and an application of benefits theory to other types of nonprofits. Link to PAR Early View
Varieties of Participation in Public Services: The Who, When, and What of Coproduction
Despite an international resurgence of interest in coproduction, confusion about the concept remains. Tina Nabatchi (Syracuse University), Alessandro Sancino (The Open University, United Kingdom), and Mariafrancesca Sicilia (University of Bergamo, Italy) attempt to make sense of the disparate literature and clarify the concept of coproduction in public administration. Based on some definitional distinctions and considerations about who is involved in coproduction, when in the service cycle it occurs, and what is generated in the process, the article offers and develops a typology of coproduction that includes three levels (individual, group, collective) and four phases (commissioning, design, delivery, assessment). The levels, phases, and typology as a whole are illustrated with several examples. The article concludes with a discussion of implications for research and practice. Link to PAR Early View
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