Center for Leadership in Public Service at Fisher College
The Center for Leadership in Public Service at Fisher College was created to combine the capabilities and resources of Fisher College with the highest caliber public safety specialists and researchers providing unparalleled planning and program implementation services, along with training and related programs for public sector employees and practitioners. The Center is an initiative that brings together faculty, staff, students, practitioners and external partners to positively impact public service. The Center for Leadership in Public Service is housed under the Office of the President.
The Center for Leadership in Public Service is a multi-service entity that provides program, policy, research, and training resources for a broad audience. Fisher College strives to prepare leaders for entry into government and other service industries through the significant resources of the College. Fisher's emphasis on career-based education affords students the opportunity to support projects while earning academic credit and invaluable professional experience. The Center accentuates the mission of the College's current bachelor's degree in Management, which is to train students in the integrative and strategic roles of organizational leaders. Fisher College wants its graduates to be fluent in the principles of management, as well as fledgling experts in specialized fields such as health care and public administration. As a result, graduates will be more marketable, productive, and successful.
Faculty members in our Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education and Management programs offer both scholarly and professional expertise in their knowledge areas.
The Center for Leadership in Public Service is comprised of an extensive network of public safety practitioners and leadership professionals, from faculty and staff at the College to members of its consulting firm partners. All of our associates are seasoned professionals and accomplished experts in their fields.
The Center for Leadership in Public Service is committed to offering superior consulting services and training facilitation through time-tested methods, focusing on improving individual and organizational effectiveness, and encouraging a creative and fresh approach to problem solving.
In addition to its core academic offering, The Center for Leadership in Public Service is supported by Fisher College's Offices of Communications and Institutional Research. Through these combined resources, the Center for Leadership in Public Service provides the following comprehensive services:
- Research and Statistical Analysis
- Program Development and Management
- Strategic Planning
- Organizational Development
- Cultural Assessments
- Training Development
- Survey Design and Focus Group Facilitation
- Conference, Workshop and Event Planning
- Report Development and Publishing
Our cadre of professionals is ready to assist you with professionalism and integrity, offering quality services at an affordable rate.
For additional information about the Center for Leadership in Public Service Contact:
Director of Institutional Research and Planning
||Center for Leadership in Public Service (CLPS) and the
Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts (MACA) strengthening their
Victoria Guay, a Criminal Justice student and Research Assistant at
Fisher College, recently became the inaugural intern for MACA. Victoria
will be working directly with members of MACA’s executive board on
multiple projects such as membership outreach or preparing MACA’s 16th
Annual Training Conference to be held from May 13 to 17, 2013 at the
Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis Massachusetts. This is a
great opportunity for Victoria as she will be able to interact and
network with as well as learn from law enforcement personnel from
multiple agencies within Massachusetts and New England.
Alex Wagner, Director of Research for the CLPS, furthermore recently
received MACA’s Member of the Year Award for his leadership in the field
of crime analysis, his efforts to advance the profession, and for his
commitment and dedication to MACA. The award is giving annually to one
member who stands out and contributes to the MACA. Both Victoria and
Alex continue to look forward to working with MACA to advance both the
Association and the CLPS in the spirit of their strategic partnership.
2012 Criminal Justice Research Presentation
and staff from Fisher College presented highly regarded criminal
justice research at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society of
Criminology in Chicago. The research, conducted with research partners
from several universities and public safety institutions, is funded by
the National Institute of Justice. The presentation of initial results
was very well received and conference attendees expressed substantial
interest in the final results to be presented at next year’s conference.
The initial results presented this year focused on the types and
substance of forensic evidence in a sample of adult sexual assault cases
reported to hospitals and crime labs in Massachusetts. The researchers
also discussed differences in injury documentation and forensic
evidence availability across victim and assault characteristics. The
current and upcoming research on this project will link the hospital and
crime lab records to respective police data to investigate criminal
Boston Police Department Visit
Center for Leadership in Public Service (CLPS) and the Office of Career
Services collaborated on arranging a visit of a small group of criminal
justice students to the Boston Police Department (BPD) Headquarters.
Hosted by Marjorie Bernadeau, Senior Research Analyst, sophomores
Victoria Guay, Jackie Kauma, and freshman King Charles met BPD personnel
from various departments, including Research and Development, learned
about the functions of those departments, and potential internship
opportunities. The CLPS has been working with researchers from the BPD
on various criminal justice research projects and continues to involve
Fisher College students in the research activities, better preparing
them for internships.
CLPS Training Conference Presentation on Statistical Analysis of Crime Data
CLPS staff recently presented on statistical analysis of crime data
at the Annual Training Conference of the Massachusetts Association of
Crime Analysts. The focus of the presentation was equally on
statistical concepts and applying these concepts on crime data using
Excel functions and data analysis tools available within Excel. The
presentation went back and forth between slides explaining statistical
concepts in the context of crime data and hands-on working on applying
each concept in Excel. This session focused on mostly descriptive
statistics such as mean, mode, median, standard deviation, and
correlation analysis. Outlier analysis using z-scores was also explained
and demonstrated. The presentation was very well received and the CLPS
will be invited to present again at upcoming meetings and the next
annual training conference.
Center for Leadership in Public Service Joins the Massachusetts Traffic Records Coordinating Committee
The Center for Leadership in Public Service (CLPS) joined the
Massachusetts Traffic Records Coordinating Committee (TRCC). The TRCC,
through the coordinated efforts of its member organizations, provides a
forum for the creation, implementation, management and dissemination of
accessible, accurate, complete, consistent, integrated, timely, and
useful traffic records data to aid decision-makers working to reduce
transportation-related fatalities, injuries, and economic loss in
Massachusetts. The members of the working-level TRCC voted unanimously
for the CLPS to join the statewide TRCC. The CLPS is only the second
higher education institution to be a member of the committee and is
looking forward to contributing to improving the Commonwealth's traffic
records and data analysis for policy making.
CLPS Hosts the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analytics
for Leadership in Public Service to Participate in National Institute
of Justice Funded Research Study on Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault
The Center for Leadership in Public Service (CLPS) is part of a
research team collaborating on a research project entitled, "Forensic
Evidence and Criminal Justice Outcomes in a Statewide Sample of Sexual
Assault Cases." The research team consists of researchers from the
Children and Family Research Center at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety
and Security, Saint Xavier University in Illinois, and the CLPS.
Forensic evidence in sexual assault cases can corroborate victim
reports, help criminal justice professionals prove that assault has
occurred, particularly for child victims, and identify unknown suspects
through DNA matching. But we know surprisingly little about how common
forensic evidence is in these cases and what impact it has on criminal
justice outcomes. The research team will work with public agencies in
Massachusetts to combine information from data bases on health care
providers' examinations of victims, crime lab analysis of sexual assault
evidence kits, and police records of arrests and criminal charges. The
study will examine how often different types of forensic evidence are
available (e.g., blood samples, saliva samples), at what point in the
case the evidence becomes available, and how much it increases the
chances of an arrest and criminal charge. Additional questions include
whether forensic evidence has a greater impact in child or adult victim
cases, and whether the evidence and its impact are greater if
specialized nurses called Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) conduct
the forensic medical examinations. The results will provide new
knowledge to help improve the effectiveness of systems collecting and
using forensic evidence. The 18-month project begins in January of 2012
and is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Justice. The
research team will collaborate on producing the final report as well as
presentations at professional conferences and articles for peer reviewed
Developing Criminal Justice Training and Research at the Center
The Center for Leadership in Public Service (CLPS) at Fisher College
and the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts (MACA) recently
agreed to form a strategic partnership. The goal of this partnership is
to join forces to work together on providing training and technical
assistance in the criminal justice area as well as pursuing grant
opportunities for research and training purposes. The mission of MACA
is to provide guidance and assistance to local, state and federal
agencies in an effort to ensure that the law enforcement field benefits
from effectual training, progressive education and a high degree of
sensibility. Specific programs in the planning include crime analysis
training for law enforcement professionals as well as providing training
and research for the successful implementation of Data-Driven
Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) programs. The CLPS is
looking forward to working together with MACA to provide program policy,
research, and training resources for a broad audience.
Leadership Speaker Series
Recently, the Center began a Speaker Series. Guest speakers have
included Adam Swartzbaugh and Sonia Chang-Diaz. Adam Swartzbaugh, CEO
and founder of the Genesis Network, spoke in December 2009 about his
experiences in starting his own company, a human rights project that
helps at-risk children and communities. State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
hosted a forum for students in February 2010, speaking to a
standing-room-only audience about the challenges and opportunities she
faced in her path to the State Senate.
||Century Council Partnership
recently completed a college and university research study for the
Century Council, in partnership with International Association of Chiefs
of Police (IACP), to more fully understand the role of campus police
and law enforcement in their efforts to address underage drinking,
recognizing that the number of alcohol-related incidents on campus are
often related to student overconsumption and specifically targeting
feedback from the perspective of the chief law enforcement agency on
campus. The findings of the study are available on the Century Councils'
website and were presented to both academics and Senate staffers at the
Dirksen United States Senate Office Building on October 18, 2011,
informing both policy and research.
Child Passenger Safety
In August of 2008, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public
Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division awarded the Fisher College
Center for Leadership in Public Service a three-year engagement focused
on training individuals on the proper installation of child safety
seats. Using data driven strategies, the Center developed a network of
advocates and coordinated training, outreach, and program development.
Key initiatives included the development of a diversity program,
building community awareness, and developing partnerships with social
service providers, community organizations and businesses to support
this injury prevention effort. Additionally, the Center planned and
coordinated a conference for 200 child passenger safety technicians.
In December of 2008, the Executive Office of Public Safety and
Security, Highway Safety Division (HSD) selected and funded the Center
to implement a vehicle crash benchmarking study. Research conducted by
the Center built on a 2004 study to determine if the demographic profile
of those involved in crashes was reflective of overall population
demographics as per the United States Census. The process included on
site - direct observational surveys to review crash locations and the
demographics of the driver.
The Center trained students in research design and direct
observational surveys, and worked with the Massachusetts State Police to
select locations in each of the troop areas for analysis. Team members
collected data, compared current data against historic state police data
and the United States Census and then issued a report of findings and
Highway Safety Grammar/Middle School Pilot Program
Center was awarded a grant by the Executive Office of Public Safety and
Security, Highway Safety Division (HSD) to educate middle school
students on occupant protection, pedestrian safety, and bicycle safety.
The program will be replicable statewide. The team will provide
educational material, train middle school teachers, work with school
resource officers (SROs) to promote traffic safety messages, work with
local police departments on Click It or Ticket initiatives, and conduct
an evaluation. The project was completed in September 2009.
Learn more about our highway safety programming.
In the News
Fisher College Center for Leadership in Public Service
118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Alexander Wagner, Director of Institutional Research and Planning
Meridith Spencer, Senior Researcher
Peter Cassino, Ph.D., Researcher
Victoria Guay, Research Assistant
Melinda Cook, Chief of Staff
Jackie Kauma, Research Assistant
Alison Giacose, Research Assistant
Janet Kuser, Vice President for Academic Affairs
From Left: Megan Alderden from Saint Xavier University, Ted Cross from
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dan Bibel from the
Massachusetts State Police
Department, Meridith Spencer, Fisher College,
and Alex Wagner, Fisher College.
Fisher Students at the BPD.