Centers and initiatives

Design Pattern

The Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD)

The Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) promotes, supports and conducts fundamental research on public, nonprofit, and hybrid organizations and their design, focusing particularly, though not exclusively, on knowledge-based and science intensive-organizations.

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Bob Ramsey Executive Education

Bob Ramsey Executive Education is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the people and organizations that serve communities. Through the center's programs and seminars, public service professionals can enhance their management and leadership competencies and can earn the Certified Public Manager®, Certified Municipal Clerk, or Master Municipal Clerk credential. The center also assists state, local, and tribal governments with the implementation of their staff development initiatives.

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The Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS)

The Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (CSTEPS) conducts research, evaluates policy, and develops solutions for some of the world’s most pressing challenges at the nexus of scientific, societal, technological, and environmental change.

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The Morrison Institute for Public Policy

The Morrison Institute has developed a uniquely nonpartisan model recognizing that Arizona's past and future always favor independence. Their research cuts across all boundaries of age, ethnicity, gender, economic status and locale.

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The Center for Technology, Data and Society

The Center's vision is to contribute to our understanding of how technology’s potential for innovation is realized in government and society; what roadblocks or negative effects must be addressed; and how to leverage for the public good the information and data made possible by technological advances.

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The Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security

The Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security brings together resources across disciplines to create innovative solutions for the mitigation, preparation, response, recovery and management of significant incidents or disasters—whether natural or man-made.

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Innovation center

The Alliance for Innovation

The Alliance for Innovation, as a partnership of The Innovation Groups, ICMA, and Arizona State University, has created the widest and deepest innovation-based network serving local government. The Alliance brings professionals, local governments, academics, and private sector partners together to discover and apply the best ideas, practices and solutions to the challenges confronting local government and communities.

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The Center for Urban Innovation 

The Center for Urban Innovation's mission is to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, cities, and urban regions by: 1) promoting innovation in governance, policy, and management, 2) engaging in basic and applied research, and 3) supporting innovative education and training through critical research and community involvement.

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The Participatory Governance Initiative

The Participatory Governance Initiative is a university-wide interdisciplinary space that aims at bringing together academics, students, elected and non-elected government officials, community members and practitioners interested in the theory and practice of participatory governance.

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