Courtyard Convo

Courtyard Convo entries are provided by Fels students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Fels. Policy discussions in the Fels Courtyard often surround public management and public policy challenges.

State and local government agencies have extensive barriers to delivering effective services and programs.  Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are a potentially transformative way to fund innovative, evidence-based practice in government through private financing of public programs.
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Sunday, May 12th was a day filled with purpose, practice, and possibility. The Fels Institute of Government held its annual graduation ceremony recognizing the academic and professional accomplishments of 70 graduates and two faculty members; and welcomed more than 300 guests...

The Fels community mourns the passing of former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader, Honorary MGA '57.

Gov. Leader attended the Fels Institute of Government until he joined the Navy in the early days of World War II.  He was later awarded an honorary degree, and his son Michael...

Fels would like to congratulate Faculty Committee Member and Chair of Penn's Criminology Department, Dr. John MacDonald on receiving the 2012 David N. Kershaw Award! 

The award was presented on...

By David B. Thornburgh, Executive Director of Fels Institute of Government

Because everything has been said, but not everybody has said it, here's my top
5 list of takeaways from Election Night 2012:

1.   The Center Rules

What will...

What's your candidate compatibility?  The folks at ElectNext, including Fels alumnus Dave Zega, '10, have created a remarkable website where you can log in, answer a variety of issue-related questions and discover how closely each candidate shares your...

The Fels Institute of Government mourns the loss of two alumni: Eric Reinholt, '94 and Graham W. Watt, '51.

Both were veterans, esteemed public leaders, and  valued members of the Fels community.  To read more about Mr. Reinholt and Mr. Watt, or for memorial fund information,...

Last week, Tom Molieri, current MPA student, and his brother Chris celebrated securing a 10,000-dollar loan for their coffee company, Green Street Coffee Roasters.

Their loan was made possible by Entrepreneur Works, a community development financial institution (CDFI) that helps small...

By Anthony Hollingworth, MPA ’05

This fall many of us will be waiting with baited breath and serious levels of excitement for the moment probably around 9pm Eastern Standard Time on November 6th when the national TV networks start to roll out their projected winners in the titanic battle...

By Kasey Meehan, Executive MPA '13

This is one of the many internship opportunities offered through Fels. Click here to access our career development page. 

This Summer I joined fifty Penn students,...