In 2017, Carsey brought renowned speakers and faculty to New Hampshire and passionate students to Washington, DC. We did research on the challenges facing vulnerable families and convened dialogue between police and the communities they serve. We grew our academic offerings, partnered with the Federal Reserve, ran contests, and won awards. Our publications were more widely read than ever before and our public events better attended. We have more students than we’ve ever had.
Landmarks for our educational programs included the UNH Master of Public Administration program moving to the Carsey School from the College of Liberal Arts and a fantastic week in our nation’s capital for our Master in Public Policy students. Our Community Development graduate students completed community-changing capstone projects around the globe.
Carsey faculty conducted research on child poverty, demographics, behavioral health, impact finance, and more. As ever, we brought objective, rigorous analysis to complex topics, providing policy makers and the public with the information needed to advance good public policy.
Not only were we an agent for informed and respectful public discourse, we won a “Civvy” award for it! We also convened expert dialogue on important issues, as we did with the 17th Financial Innovations Roundtable hosted with the Federal Reserve. As part of our collaboration with the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise ran its fifth annual Social Venture Innovation Challenge, inspiring students and community members to develop great ideas for socially innovative businesses. Our on-campus events included a review of President Trump’s first 100 days in office and a conversation with the communications director for Reddit.
All in all, we had a full and impactful year at the Carsey School of Public Policy. For more on all our programs and offerings, please visit our website.
Our Master in Public Policy (MPP) students spent a week in Washington meeting top leaders, practitioners, and officials at the White House, Capitol Hill, federal agencies, foreign embassies, lobbying firms, think tanks, advocacy groups, and political consultancies, gaining valuable insight into the strategy and practice of public policy and career paths.
Center for Impact Finance Director Michael Swack convened the 17th Financial Innovations Roundtable in Charlotte, North Carolina. This annual meeting, hosted with the Federal Reserve, convenes community development organizations, financial institutions, government agencies, charitable organizations, and business associations to address access to capital for low- and moderate-income consumers and communities. The focus this year was on “Donor Advised Funds as Investors in US Community Development.”
Carsey MPP student Ilona Drew traveled to East Africa with the Social Sector Franchise Initiative (SSFI) to study Jibu, an innovative retail clean water company. SSFI is an initiative of the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, a joint project of Carsey and the Peter T. Paul School of Business and Economics.
The Carsey Evaluation Program worked with Families in Transition and Well Sense to design the evaluation of an innovative New Hampshire pilot project
serving homeless adults and families.
Family Demographer Kristin Smith’s study of paid family and medical leave insurance in New Hampshire was instrumental in the design of legislation advanced in the state’s House of Representatives.
Director of Research on Vulnerable Families Marybeth Mattingly presented her team’s state-by-state analysis of youth poverty and opportunity at the Southwest Initiative Foundation’s summit in Minnesota, presenting alongside Robert Putnam, author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
Carsey Director Michael Ettlinger and Tom Rath, former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party and past national committeeman from New Hampshire to the National Republican Party, discussed “The Trump Administration’s First 100 Days” before a packed audience in Durham.
Carsey celebrated the graduation of its Master in Community Development and Master in Public Policy students at a hooding ceremony in June.
The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise hosted an event, "Businesses as Agents for Change," with Vincent Stanley, Patagonia's director of philosophy, and a panel of experts from other apparel companies.
Heather Boushey, executive director and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and former chief economist for Hillary Clinton’s transition team, spoke with Michael Ettlinger at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth about her new book, Finding Time: The Economies of Work-Life Conflict (Harvard University Press). In her book, she argues that resolving work-life conflicts is as vital for individuals and families as it is essential for realizing the country’s productive potential.
New Hampshire Listens Co-Director Bruce Mallory was elected as co-chair of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, the national alliance of leading organizations and scholars working in the field of public engagement, participation, and deliberation.
Four UNH undergraduates were awarded John G. Winant Fellowships from the Carsey School. This competitive fellowship is awarded to exceptional students with an interest in the nonprofit and public sectors. Fellows work with organizations through the summer to support the organization’s mission and further preparation in their chosen field.
Our Master in Community Development Policy and Practice students arrived on campus in Durham in June for their intensive three-week session. Coming from across the country and the globe, they took classes together before returning home for online courses during the year, allowing them to continue their professional careers while earning their advanced degrees from UNH.
The Carsey School welcomed to its graduate programs the Master of Public Administration degree, which has been offered by UNH’s political science department in the College of Liberal Arts since the 1960s. Dan Bromberg, associate professor of political science, and director of the MPA, joined Carsey as our new director of academic programs.
The school also worked with partners at UNH to create two innovative new options for students, offering dual-degree programs that join either a JD law degree, or a Master in Science in Analytics degree, with a Carsey Master in Public Policy.
Carsey’s Evaluation program, in partnership with UNH’s Institute on Disability, evaluated New Hampshire’s implementation of Healthy Families America (HFA). HFA is a nationally recognized, home visiting model for the promotion of child well-being and prevention of abuse and neglect among high-risk families.
When it comes to the latest U.S. demographic trends, Ken Johnson is a go-to source for many of the top news sources in the country. His analyses appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, NPR, Fox News, and dozens of other media outlets.
William Maddocks and Fiona Wilson at the Social Sector Franchise Initiative, a joint project with UNH’s Paul College of Business and Economics, worked with Global Partners in Hope to bring UNH students to Agbelouve, Togo to conduct a community health needs assessment for the community.
The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise, our joint project with UNH’s Paul College of Business and Economics, hosted its 7th annual Summer Social Innovation Internship Showcase. This showcase highlights the exceptional experiences at socially innovative businesses and nonprofits provided by our signature UNH internship program.
New Hampshire Listens received widespread support and accolades for hosting conversations across the state to improve relations between communities and their police departments. “NH Blue and You: Strengthening Community Through Connection” events were held with the NH NAACP, NH Association of Chiefs of Police, and local police chiefs to offer custom resources to residents who want to work proactively to create more equitable communities.
NH Listens received an American Civic Collaboration Award, a “Civvy,” for its work facilitating civic conversation on controversial public challenges across the Granite State. Since 2000, NH Listens has helped New Hampshire residents talk and work together to create communities that work for everyone.
Jake Sullivan joined Carsey as a senior fellow and is teaching in the Master in Public Policy program. Sullivan is the former national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State.
In 2016, Master in Public Policy students Tom Giancola and Jit Banerjee each won UNH’s SVIC prizes for their separate business proposals. This year, based on those proposals, they were chosen to join a team of students at the Clinton Global Initiative University, a three-day event promoting projects that address challenges on campus and around the world.
Our second cohort of Master in Public Policy students came to Durham in August from across the United States and the world to begin their graduate coursework. Returning students continued their studies, worked on their capstone projects, and interned with government agencies and nonprofits, getting ready to launch into their policy careers.
The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE), our joint project with the Paul College of Business and Economics, held the 5th annual Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC). The SVIC inspires a large and diverse group of students and community members to develop innovative social ventures to address societal problems and provides a forum to shine a light on their ideas. SVIC winners receive financial awards to help them advance these promising proposals.
Anna Soellner, communications director at Reddit, came to UNH for events on campus and at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth to discuss “Social Media, Politics, and a Tweeter-In-Chief” on stage with Michael Ettlinger.
Clara Miller, president of the F.B. Heron Foundation, which helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty, was named the 2017 Social Innovator of the Year by CSIE, Her acceptance speech was about “A Revolution of Capital: Connecting Money with Social Good.”