Center for Leadership in Public Service



Center for Leadership in Public Service at Fisher College

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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.


Center for Leadership tripThe 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:

Alexander Wagner
Director of Institutional Research and Planning

Phone: 617-236-8879

Current Projects

Center for Leadership in Public Service (CLPS) and the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts (MACA) strengthening their strategic partnership.
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

Faculty 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 justice outcomes.

Boston Police Department Visit
The 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

Center for Leadership in Public Service to Participate in National Institute of Justice Funded Research Study on Forensic Evidence in Sexual Assault Cases

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 scholarly journals.

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.

Recent Projects

Century Council Partnership
The Center 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.

Racial Profiling/Benchmarking

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 recommendations.

Highway Safety Grammar/Middle School Pilot Program

The 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.

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In the News

Contact Us


Fisher College Center for Leadership in Public Service
118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116

Alexander Wagner, Director of Institutional Research and Planning
Phone: 617-236-8879

Meridith Spencer, Senior Researcher
Phone: 617-670-4456

Peter Cassino, Ph.D., Researcher
Phone: 617-670-4507

Victoria Guay, Research Assistant

Jackie Kauma, Research Assistant

Alison Giacose, Research Assistant

Janet Kuser, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: 617-236-5458

CLPS staff
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
Fisher Students at the BPD.
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