The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are:
- Accountability and Performance: ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) addresses the requirement for all levels of government to move toward performance-based, results-driven management, through education, training, advocacy, technical assistance, resource sharing and research.
- Professionalism: Involvement in ASPA’s Chapters and Sections gives members the opportunity to advance their careers by becoming active in their local public administration community. Sections provide more networking opportunities through conferences and other professional development activities. They also have a variety of award and scholarship opportunities. In addition, ASPA offers many professional development opportunities, including monthly webinars and online conversations, BookTalk, with noted authors in the field.
- Ethics: ASPA’s Code of Ethics implores members to adhere to certain principles while working in the field of public service. Also, through membership in ASPA’s Section on Ethics, members can access a variety of resources including the leading ethics journal in the field, Public Integrity, and Ethics Today, an award-winning electronic newsletter.
- Social Equity: ASPA promotes dialogue on social equity issues in all areas of public service such as public budgeting, government hiring practices, diversity in academia and others. Additionally, each year at the Annual Conference, ASPA hosts the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award Luncheon where it honors a public administrator who has distinguished him or herself in achieving fairness, justice and equity in government.
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