ESPI: Feedback on Workplace Issues – Leisha Dehart Davis
Leisha Dehart Davis, associate professor of public administration, conducts research in partnership with local governments to conduct employee workplace studies. These partnerships seek three purposes. The first is to provide local government executives with employee feedback on a wide range of workplace issues: bureaucratic rules, organization diversity, proposed city policies, to name just a few. The second purpose is to generate data for scholarly publications and dissertations. The third purpose is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with exposure to research and public organization issues.
As Davis’ partners in the research, local government executives identify research topics of interest, weigh in on research design, and support study implementation. In return, Davis presents research results at little to no cost, a bonus in touch economic times for local governments. She has conducted research in seven local government organizations so far and may pick up an eighth this summer. This research thus far has yielded seven journal articles, two dissertation topics, two undergraduate research symposium presentations, and a book in progress.