Illinois Township Management Academy
NIU’s Department of Public Administration and Center for Governmental Studies will offer the 2019 Illinois Township Management Academy Friday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 25, at NIU-Naperville. Janiece Bollie, CGS Research Specialist, and Dr. Kurt Thurmaier, Chair of the Department of Public Administration, along with James Barr at Hanover Township, have put together the lineup.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Citizen Participation in Budgeting: Valuing Authentic Public Engagement Strategies
Presented by Dr. Kurt Thurmaier, PhD, Distinguished Engagement Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University
Description: This session will consider options for providing authentic public engagement in township budgeting. The presentation will review differences between citizen participation and citizen engagement, comparing recent field research about authentic public engagement in Kenya’s county governments with standard public participation in US local governments.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Difficult Discussions: How to Say What Needs to be Said in a Way that will be Heard
Presented by Suzanne Degges-White, PhD, Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, Northern Illinois University
Description: Providing feedback to others and managing oppositional responses can be challenging for many and even intimidating to some. This session will provide information on how to approach awkward, sensitive, or incendiary topics in ways that facilitate difficult discussions and, ideally, promote positive change and a sense of common ground. Learn how to communicate across multiple barriers through constructive, not destructive, means.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Strategic Planning Process for Townships: Policy and Process for Inclusive Planning
Presented by Melissa Henriksen, MPP, Senior Research Specialist, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University; and Jeanna Ballard, MPA, Research Specialist, Center for Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University
Description: This session will explore the power of strategic thinking and the impact of strategic planning on organizations. This presentation will focus on introducing participants to the various strategic planning elements, the advantages and disadvantages of each, how to identify and recognize strategic issues and approaches to plan for a meaningful strategic planning process.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Implementing the Strategic Plan: Who's in charge, Measuring, Monitoring, Feedback Loops
Presented by Presented by Melissa Henriksen, MPP, Senior Research Specialist, NIU Center for Governmental Studies; and Jeanna Ballard, MPA, Research Specialist, NIU Center for Governmental Studies
Description: This presentation will serve to provide tools and techniques for effective implementation in Township organizations. The ability to implement a holistic strategic plan involves operationalizing strategic goals, developing action steps and structural assignments and goal coordination responsibilities. This session will focus on the development of a reasonable action plan and different approaches to monitoring progress.