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The Power of Polling

December 15, 2003
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The second part of this session will examine how public policy is shaped by opinion polling, how organizations sample public opinion, and how business and political leaders use this information in the policy debate. Part of the discussion will focus on exit polling and explore how elections can be "called" prior to the polls closing. We will also examine the results of recent state and national elections and discuss how these elections have impacted relationships between the majority and minority parties in Congress and in the Michigan Legislature.

Session A Resource Persons:

Session B Resource Person:

Mr. Ed Sarpolus
Vice President
4710 W. Saginaw
Lansing, MI
(517) 886-0860

Ed Sarpolus has played a major role in making EPIC/MRA the most quoted source of survey research in Michigan, as well as a regularly quoted source by national media outlets and publications, particularly on issues of international trade. Major clients include the Detroit Free Press with more than 600,000 daily readers, the Lansing State Journal, Oakland Press, the Flint Journal, as well as most television news outlets in Michigan, including WXYZ- ABC TV-7 in Detroit, ABC TV-12 in Flint, WOOD TV-8 in Grand Rapids, TV-5 in Saginaw, WLNS TV-6 in Lansing and WILX TV-10, also in Lansing. Election day exit polling conducted by EPIC/MRA is not only covered by print media clients, but television coverage of election day survey results covers more than three quarters of Michigan's viewing audience.

Other EPIC/MRA research on major topics of public interest, as well as election polling results, are regularly covered not only by Michigan media outlets, but also by national outlets. Sarpolus has appeared as a commentator on PBS, CNN World News, Inside Politics-CNN, MSNBC, Nightline, ABC and NBC News. Sarpolus has also been regularly interviewed by Michigan radio stations and NPR, quoted in most major national publications including Time, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe and the National Journal. EPIC/MRA research results and commentary by Sarpolus has also been a regular contributor to the Polling Report, The Hotline, and Congress Daily. Finally, because of his extensive experience on trade issues, Sarpolus has been a featured speaker for groups such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Consumers for World Trade.

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The Role of Think Tanks & Policy Centers

November 17, 2003
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This seminar will focus on two topics. The first part of this session will explore how public policy is shaped by think tanks and other organizations which work at the intersection of research, policy and politics. We will examine the work of both public and private sector organizations and analyze how their reports, studies and information are used by business and political leaders in the policy debate. The second topic is designed to advance the development of the EPFP learning teams.

Session A Resource Persons:

Mr. Douglas C. Drake
Associate Director
State Policy Center
Wayne State University
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Douglas C. Drake, of Genesis Consulting, is a semi-retired former state employee.  In addition to his consulting work, he also works three-fourths-time for Wayne State University, and occasionally teaches public finance in Western Michigan University‘s Lansing-based Public Administration Master’s program. He is currently the Associate Director of the Wayne State University Policy Center, which has offices in both Detroit and Lansing.

Mr. Drake was Director of the Office of Education in the Michigan Department of Management and Budget where he was responsible for the development, presentation and oversight of the Governor’s budget for all areas of education from K-12 to Higher Education.  Prior to that he was Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis where he was responsible for economic forecasting and revenue estimating for the State of Michigan.  He also worked for the Michigan Legislature for 12 years, as Staff Director for the House Taxation Committee and Director of the House Democratic Policy Staff.

Dr. David N. Plank

Director, The Education Policy Center at Michigan State University
and Professor, Department of Educational Administration,
College of Education

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David Plank is Director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University and a professor of educational administration specializing in the areas of educational policy and educational finance. He has conducted research and served as a consultant in these areas in the United States, Africa, and Latin America. His research interests focus on the relationship between democratic governance and policy change in educational systems. He is co-investigator on three studies of school choice and school reform in Michigan. The first, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, explores the enactment of competing reform strategies in professional development schools and charter schools. The second, funded by the Spencer Foundation, investigates the ecological effects of expanded opportunities for school choice in metropolitan Lansing. The third, funded by the Michigan Legislature, compares the impacts of school choice in Lansing, Detroit, and Grand Rapids. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Douglas B. Roberts
Interim Director
College of Social Science
321 Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1111
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Dr. Douglas B. Roberts has served as the Interim Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University since August 2003. Doug has an extensive background in public policy and economic policy at the state and national levels. For 10 years he served as Michigan's State Treasurer, with responsibilities for economic and revenue forecasting; collecting, refunding, auditing, and enforcing the major tax laws; and all the state's banking functions. In addition, he was responsible for managing and investing the common cash, retirement funds and various trust and agency funds. The Treasurer represents the Executive Branch at the Revenue Consensus Conference, a process Michigan uses to set revenue estimates upon which the annual state budget is based.

He has also served as Director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, the agency responsible for providing the Michigan Senate with technical and analytical support for all bills considered by the Senate. For four years he served as Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Michigan Department of Education. He has also held appointments as Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Management and Budget, Director of the Office of the State Employer, Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis, and the Chief Aide for the Michigan House of Representatives Taxation Committee.

His private sector experience includes leadership roles as Vice President for Business Development and Vice President for Best Practices for the Lockheed Martin IMS. Dr. Roberts has a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, and a MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University.

Mr. Jeff Williams (EPFP 1997-98)

Vice President for Technology & Public Policy
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Lansing, MI 48933
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Jeff Williams is vice president for technology and public policy at Public Sector Consultants. He advises the firm's clients on technology issues and supervises the firm's internal and external information services and staff. Mr. Williams also conducts research and analysis on health policy and education issues and supervises PSC's public opinion and stakeholder survey research. He has been with the firm since 1991, serving first as an administrative assistant for survey research, then technology consultant, then senior consultant.
Prior to joining PSC, Mr. Williams was a program officer at the Midwestern Higher Education Commission. While at the commission, he provided staff support to the Telecommunications Committee and assisted with management of a nine-state, $18-million distance learning/interactive video equipment purchase program. He also provided staff support to the commission's Risk Management and Academic Course Scheduling Committees.
Mr. Williams holds an undergraduate degree with honors in international relations from Michigan State University and a master's degree in technology and public affairs from the University of Minnesota.

Session B: Establishing Learning Teams

Resource Persons: Coordinators and Fellows

During the 2003-04 program year the Michigan Fellows will participate on one or more Learning Teams and gain experience working in a virtual learning community. The Learning Teams will be responsible for planning a series of future EPFP sessions on a set of topics which have been identified by this year's participants. During this session the Fellows will review and refine the set of proposed topics identified to date, establish diverse cross boundary teams, and develop strategies for effective team participation. Additional Learning Team Information has been posted at here.

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Establishing a Policy Framework

October 27, 2003
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This Seminar will focus on a set of concepts and strategies for creating a policy framework. Fellows will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of how public policy is developed and implemented. Several policy issues of current concern to Michigan citizens will also be examined.


Session A Resource Persons:  Coordinators and Fellows

The Fellows will discuss the policy making process and develop a working definition of the term "policy." We will also explore some expert opinions on the topic and discuss some examples of policy making in contemporary society.

Session B Resource Person: David Hollister, Director Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth

City of Lansing Mayor David C. Hollister was appointed as a Michigan Department of Consumer & Industry Services director in January, 2003 by Jennifer M. Granholm, the 47th Governor of the State of Michigan. Mayor Hollister received bipartisan support of the state Senate, which voted unanimously in support of his confirmation as a department director. The Senate's vote of confidence emphasized the support of Governor Granholm's request for Mayor Hollister to take the City of Lansing model to the statewide level to encourage investment, build partnerships and grow the entire state.

To help achieve this goal, CIS will soon be joining with the Michigan Department of Career Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Michigan Broadband Development Authority. By working under one umbrella in a yet-to-be named state department under Mayor Hollister's leadership, the State of Michigan will address labor, economic growth, and urban development issues more effectively and efficiently.

Mayor Hollister has dedicated his entire life to public service. He began his career as a high school teacher in the 1960s after graduating with honors from Michigan State University. His political career began during his tenure as a teacher in the Lansing Public Schools, when he was elected in 1968 as a Democratic Ingham County Commissioner, serving through 1974. He was instrumental in recruiting, organizing, and training local Democratic candidates and played a key role in moving the commission from two Democrats when he was elected, to majority Democratic control, which continues to this day.

In 1974 David Hollister launched a successful campaign for the Michigan House of Representatives, where he served until 1993. As a Democratic State Representative, Hollister quickly became recognized as one of the top ten legislators, serving on the powerful Appropriations Committee for 16 years and chairing the Appropriations Subcommittee on Social Services for over a decade. He also served on the Mental Health, Public Health, and Education Appropriations subcommittees. Hollister authored over twenty public acts (laws) in his career and played a key role in developing most major social, mental health, public health, and open government policy while in the legislature.

In 1993, Mayor Hollister ran a successful campaign for Mayor of the City of Lansing and was re-elected to his third term in a landslide victory in November 2001. As Mayor, Hollister created a vision that Lansing become a "World-Class City." To achieve this goal, he developed a three-part strategy of economic development, neighborhood improvement, and infrastructure investment.

Hollister's successes as Mayor included over $2.9 billion in investments, including building a new regional transportation center downtown, bringing minor league baseball to Lansing, and striking a partnership with the State of Michigan that includes new buildings for the Legislature, the Supreme Court, and various other departments. Regional partnerships were created with Alaiedon Township to enable Jackson National Life to locate its world headquarters in Lansing and with Meridian Township to build a new golf course and upscale housing development. One of the Mayor's most exciting successes was the commitment by General Motors to consolidate operations and build two new state-of-the-art assembly plants in Lansing - a feat achieved through the coordinated cooperation of regional governmental units, business interests, and labor unions.

Mr. Hollister has been a presenter to the Michigan EPFP Fellows for the past 17 years and he is consistently rated as one of our most popular and important policy resources. He was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award at the 2000 Michigan EPFP Alumni Seminar.

Fellows should refer to the Michigan EPFP 'Links and Publications' page to review David Hollister's WebBook, "On Organizing" for additional resource material.


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Assessing Leadership Styles

October 13, 2003
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Fellows will debrief and interpret both the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) and the FIRO-B instruments and examine how different styles and behaviors can conflict with individual and organizational goals. Through group discussions, we will explore how these styles impact various work settings.


Resource Person: Ben Perez

Argelio B. Perez is principal of Transformations, a Lansing-based consulting firm, specializing in leadership development, organizational change, team-building and facilitation.  He is also a consultant affiliated with a number of private and public organizations including University Associates Consulting and Training Services and the Institute for Educational Leadership. Ben has a diverse background in public administration with substantial experience in supervision, fiscal management, legislation/regulatory monitoring, staff development, planning and reorganization.

Ben has been a senior executive in urban school districts (Detroit and Lansing), city government (Lansing), and state government (Michigan Department of Education) for thirty years. He is affiliated with the Institute for Educational leadership as a senior consultant in Leadership programs and Governance and has served, for the past 27 years, as Coordinator of the Michigan EPFP.

He earned a B.A. in education from Justin Morrill College, Michigan State University, and a M.A. in Classroom Teaching from the College of Education, Michigan State University. In 1991, he was awarded the Institute for Educational Leadership's National Leadership Award.

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