A public administrator needs all the resources available at his or her fingertips, including information about organizations, research, online interaction, public outreach and contact information for local, regional, national and even international resources. You’ll find the best of all this information in our list of the top 50 public administration Web resources.

Alliance for Nonprofit ManagementOrganizations

  1. Alliance for Nonprofit Management: ANM is a professional association devoted to improving the management and governance capacity of nonprofits.
  2. American Society for Public Administration: Since 1939, ASPA has represented all forums in the public service arena.
  3. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management: APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.
  4. Conference of Minority Public Administrators: COMPA is one of America’s leading national organizations committed to excellence in public service and public administration.
  5. International City/County Management Association: ICMA provides member support to more than 9,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations internationally.
  6. National Academy of Public Administration: The Academy provides advice and solutions based on research and analysis.
  7. National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration: NASPAA is an institutional membership organization which exists to promote excellence in public service education.
  8. National Association of State Facilities Administrators: NASFA provides leadership in the development and implementation of state facility administration practices.
  9. National Association of State Personnel Executives: NASPE is an authority on state government human resource issues, trends, practices, and policies.
  10. National Forum for Black Public Administrators: NFBPA is dedicated to the advancement of black public leadership in local and state governments.
  11. Public Management Research Association: PMRA is a nonprofit academic membership association growing out of the bi-annual series of Public Management Research Conferences.

Center for Social MediaSocial Media Tools and Platforms

  1. Center for Social Media: This site showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action.
  2. Governance Assessment Portal: GAP aims to be a hub of information and a valuable interactive entry-point on democratic governance assessments.
  3. GovFresh: GovFresh works to inspire government-citizen collaboration and build a more engaged democracy.
  4. GovLoop: This social networking group was founded in 2008 and is used by the government community to connect and share information.
  5. H-Pubadmin: This is a discussion list sponsored by the Public Administration Section Section of the American Political Science Association and hosted on H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine.
  6. Public Administration Theory Network: The Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net) is an international network of professionals concerned with the advancement of public administration theory.
  7. Social Media Governance: This site provides tools and resources for leaders and managers who want to get the most from their social media and social application investments.
  8. The Collaboration Project: The Collaboration Project is an independent forum of leaders who share a commitment to the adoption and use of collaborative technologies.
  9. United Nations Public Administration Network: The immediate objective of UNPAN is to establish a global internet-based network that links regional and national institutions devoted to public administration.
  10. Web 2 0 Governance Policies and Best Practices: This page contains a collection of existing policies and best practices from leading edge governments and corporations.
  11. WebContent.gov: Webcontent.gov is all about web managers helping one another by sharing experiences, common challenges, lessons learned, successes, and new ideas.

GovMonitorMedia Sites

  1. GovMonitor: Gov Monitor is a leading global platform for internationally respected and innovative online news and information.
  2. IIAS Knowledge Portal: The International Institute of Administrative Sciences provides a communication platform for major themes of governance and contemporary public administration.
  3. International Journal of Public Administration: IJPA is an international, research-driven, peer-reviewed publication aimed at exploring the latest developments in public administration and management.
  4. Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research: JPAPR is an open access journal that provides rapid publication (monthly) of articles in all areas of the subject.
  5. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory: This publication serves as a bridge between public administration or public management scholarship and public policy studies.
  6. Public Administration Review: PAR is the only journal in public administration that serves both academics and practitioners interested in the public sector and public sector management.
  7. Roll Call: CQ-Roll Call Group is the premier political news and information provider covering Capitol Hill..
  8. Southern Public Administration Education Foundation, Inc. SPAEF’s purpose is to develop and to disseminate information in the fields of public administration and management.
  9. Stateline: Stateline.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that practices journalism in the public interest by reporting on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics.
  10. The American Review of Public Administration: As a peer-reviewed journal, ARPA features articles that address rapidly emerging issues in public affairs and public administration.

AEIWeb Research and Tools

  1. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research: AEI is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare.
  2. Economic Policy Institute: EPI, a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, broadens the discussion about economic policy to include interests of low- and middle-income workers.
  3. File Guru Public Administration Resources: This site lists valuable online tools for any public administration employee to use for communication and development.
  4. Government Technology: A resource to learn about digital communities and e-Government.
  5. National Center for Public Analysis: NCPA’s goal is to solve problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector.
  6. National Center for Public Performance: NCPP at Rutgers University is a research and public service organization devoted to improving productivity in the public sector.
  7. National League of Cities: This site contains information about conferences and training for individuals who believe that cities can be centers of opportunity, leadership and governance.
  8. Public Agenda: For over 30 years, Public Agenda has been providing research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about challenging issues.
  9. Urban Institute: The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues.

AFSCMEResources

  1. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees: AFSCME is a union made up of a diverse group of people who share a common commitment to public service.
  2. Government Finance Officers Association: GFOA includes recommended practices in the functional areas of public finance, policy statements, and summaries of recent research projects.
  3. National Association of Counties: NACo is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.
  4. National Association of Regional Councils: NARC advocates for and provides services to its member councils of government (COGs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs).
  5. National Conference of State Legislatures: NCSL, a bipartisan organization, provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers.
  6. National Governors Association: NGA is a bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors that speaks with a unified voice on national policy.
  7. State and Local Employees: This is the ultimate government resource for state and local government employees.
  8. The National Association of State Budget Officers: NASBO is the instrument through which the states collectively advance state budget practices.
  9. The United States Conference of Mayors: USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.

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