PPMC Projects

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The Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) at Wichita State University provides professional development, policy and applied research and technical assistance and consultation. Below are examples of recently completed projects in these three main services areas.

Women in Public Service

Women in Public Service LogoFormerly Women in Public Administration Society, Women in Public Service (WPS) is an association of public service professionals created "to inspire past, current and future generations by addressing topics relevant to women in public service, while instilling knowledge through education, networking and professional development that strengthens the leadership in our local government and communities." WPS hosts bi-monthly events throughout the year for networking and learning together at central locations in Wichita.


Engage WSU 2017Engage WSU Square
September 14

In place of the traditional Hugo Wall Day, the Public Policy & Management Center, Hugo Wall School and the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement present Engage WSU, a day that brings together University, public, nonprofit and community leaders for current research and knowledge exchange in public service.



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Public Service Recognition Week 2017
May 7-13

Celebrated the first week of May since 1985 (beginning on the first Sunday of the month), Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a national week-long celebration to honor those who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.
The Public Policy & Management Center, with help from Meritrust Credit Union, has several activities planned to honor and celebrate our partners in public service.

Professional Development
The Public Policy and Management Center provides professional development to government administrators, elected officials, nonprofit organizations and community members.

City Clerks and Municipal Finance Officers Assocation of Kansas Conference
Client: City Clerks and Municipal Finance Officers Assocation
Completed: Spring 2015

Kansas Government Finance Officers Association Annual Conference
Client: Kansas Government Finance Officers Association
Completed: Fall 2014

Other Professional Development Projects:
Derby Recreation Commission Board Retreat
KDHE Kansas Capacity Development Board Training Development and Facilitation
Regional Economic Area Partnership Water Conference

Policy and Applied Research
The PPMC works across academic areas to provide policy and applied research to support public and nonprofit organizations on various topics impacting communities.

ACT ICT Community Engagement Project
Client: City of Wichita, Kansas
Completed: 2014

City of Wichita Youth Employment Study
Client: City of Wichita, Kansas
Completed: 2017

Other Applied Research Projects:
South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan Regional Citizen Survey
City of Wichita-Sedgwick County Citizen Survey
USD 259 Citizen Survey Regarding Capital Investment

Technical Assistance and Consultation
The Center provides technical support and consultation services to government and nonprofit organizations on a variety of topics. The PPMC can provide direct technical assistance and consultation or facilitate special projects with content experts from other academic units at Wichita State University.

Valley Center Strategic Plan
Client: City of Valley Center, Kansas
Completed: 2016

Effects of Abandoned Housing on Communities
Client: City of Topeka, Kansas
Completed: 2016 

Goddard Strategic Plan
Client: City of Goddard, Kansas
Completed: 2014

Moundridge Strategic Plan
Client: City of Moundridge, Kansas
Completed: 2013

Ottawa Municipal Auditorium Review
Client: City of Ottawa, Kansas
Completed: 2015

Roeland Park Strategic Plan
Client: City of Roeland Park, Kansas
Completed: 2015 

Rose Hill Strategic Plan
Client: City of Rose Hill, Kansas
Completed: 2014

Wichita Police Department Organizational Assessment
Client: City of Wichita Police Department
Completed: 2015

Wichita-Sedgwick County Comprehensive Plan: Citizen Engagement in Strategic Investment Decisions
Client: City of Wichita Police Department
Completed: 2014

Other Technical Assistance Projects:
City of Wichita Fire Department Promotional Process
City of Wichita Recreation Restructuring and Strategic Plan
Kansas Policy Institute Business Law and Regulation Analysis Project
Reno County Transportation Plan Facilitation

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