Longtime Friend of School of Public Service to Receive Award in Seattle
The School of Public Service at Boise State University is pleased to announce that the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM) of the American Society for Public Administration has awarded Idaho’s Rakesh Mohan the Donald C. Stone Practitioner Award. Since 1981, SIAM-ASPA has recognized outstanding practitioners for their contributions to intergovernmental management. Mr. Mohan, Director of the Office of Performance Evaluations for the Idaho State Legislature, has been on the forefront of public sector performance benchmarking for decades.
Mr. Mohan has worked with the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government in Idaho, Washington, Louisiana, and Kansas in assessing the implementation of varied public policies across multiple levels of government and across the collaborative efforts of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Mohan is actively involved across the United States in professional societies that set the standard in program evaluation, a critical component of the work that public managers do. Managers in all levels of government and across economic sectors engage in regular and informed evaluation and assessment of the public programs in their charge.
Increasingly, legislative bodies at the state and local levels heed the feedback of such managers in fine-tuning the particulars of policies. His experience and contributions to this aspect of public management has benefitted four states and countless local governments directly. However, indirectly, he has reached the public and nonprofit management community as a whole in providing training for a diversity of audiences from Brazil to Canada and across the United States.
Mr. Mohan was nominated by Dr. Elizabeth Fredericksen, Professor of Public Policy and Administration in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. She is a member of the executive council of SIAM-ASPA, the professional section charged with developing links between federal, state, and local governments through its newsletter, Intergovernmental News, occasional papers on timely intergovernmental topics, and its special projects and workshops. The section publishes State and Local Government Review.
Mr. Mohan’s service to Boise State includes his valuable consulting during the building of the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration Program, with its emphasis on policy analysis & program evaluation. This focus is increasingly important to good governance.In addition, he’s worked with several members of Boise State faculty and has hosted Boise State interns as director of the Idaho Legislature’s Office of Performance Evaluation.