Andy Blanke, M.P.A., joined Center for Governmental Studies as a graduate assistant in fall 2011. In 2013, he graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and became a full-time member of our team as a Research Specialist. Andy specializes in data analysis and has been involved in many statewide data projects, including the DCEO 5-year strategic plan and the Lieutenant Governor's Task Force on Unfunded Mandates and Government Consolidation. Andy developed several dashboards used by local practitioners across the state, including the Local Government Efficiency Assessment Dashboard and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Negotiation Tool. He has been published in Community Development and the Illinois Municipal Review.