EMPA Capstone

In the final term of the EMPA program, students complete a Capstone project that addresses a contemporary leadership, management, or policy challenge confronting a public or non-profit organization. The reflective practice component encourages participants to draw upon the experiences and information gained across the entire curriculum to craft novel yet practical solutions to these problems that add value to their organizations, communities, and the profession as a whole.  

Students will work with their faculty advisor to shape the project proposal. Faculty members encourage students to select problems of immediate relevance to their own professional practice or interest. Students will be required to present a case problem they developed as the basis of an exercise in administrative problem solving and coaching for their fellow students.



Select Past Capstones

Exploring Public Value Network Governance: A Case Study on the Vietnam-Oregon Initiative
Author: Andrea Fogue, 2014 Alumni

Oregon is presented with the challenge of globalization; an ever-changing shared power world that is becoming increasingly more complex, interconnected and interdependent. With this challenge comes opportunity—opportunity which demands creating new knowledge to become a catalyst for innovation and learning by collaborating with partners across sectors and geographic boundaries to rise up to meet the challenge of globalization. Can the Public Value Network approach be used to rapidly design and launch a collaborative network between Oregon and Vietnam?

Creating a Vision Through Collaborative Governance: Creating Washington County's Transportation Safety Action Plan
Author: Kim Haughn, 2015 Alumni

Collaborate governance is an effective means of bringing together public and private partnerships in order to formulate a plan or policy intended for the greater good of society. It can involve the sharing of various viewpoints, desires and needs that address safety and livability for a community. Collaborative governance will be essential to creating the very first Transportation Safety Action Plan for Washington County. The Transportation Safety Action Plan will have an overarching goal to reduce transportation-related serious injury and fatal crashes on county roads. By way of a successful collaborative governance model specifically designed for the creation of this Plan, the public and private partners involved in its making can better develop agreed upon implementable action items for the Plan. To come up with the action items, the group will need to build a consensus through maintaining key elements of leadership, trust, cultural competency and autonomy. Transportation officials can lead the effort in creating the plan, but will need to rely on private and public partners to come up with action items that can assist in meeting the Plan’s goal.

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