What’s New on the Atlas

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WhatsNewDevelopments on the Atlas of Public Management

7 January 2022 – A new page, Mentorship Resources, has been added, with a link at the bottom left of the Home page.

28 May 2020 – Resource pages related to the coronavirus pandemic have been created at Selected References on Coronavirus and Arthur Brooks on Finding Purpose During the Pandemic.

17 February 2020 – A new resource page has been added, Discussion Group Resources, that provides readings to support convivial debate on current public management questions.

30 November 2019 – The menus on the left navigation bar have been adjusted to reflect current priorities, and most Atlas pages have been edited to remove hyperlinks to the original Atlas.

2 June 2019 – The recently published UK Policy Profession Standards 2019 have been used to select a subset of Atlas core concepts that can be characterized as Most Useful Concepts, with its own tab near the top of the left menu bar.

2 May 2019 – Google Analytics was used to generate information on site usage over a four month period and this is displayed on a new page, Who is Using the Atlas?

30 April 2019 – The Atlas Site Map has been rationalized and a page created that will generate the current site map.

28 December 2018 – Concept pages have been completed for the top 50 concepts in four of U of T’s required first-year courses, as seen on Table 1 of Top 50 Concept Readings for Toronto MPP Courses.

16 September 2018 – A new page entitled Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector has been created as a “live case” for applying the set of concepts listed in Using the Atlas to Plan a Policy Report.

2 September 2018 – A presentation for the September SPPG Orientation entitled The Atlas as a Resource for MPP Students, September 2018 under the Atlas Presentations tab.

30 April 2018 – An additional tab, Cases, has been added to Supplementary Databases on the left navigation bar. The cases page is being piloted in collaboration with Andrew Graham at Queen’s University to test the feasibility of providing open access to selected Canadian case studies, most of which have been generated through the Institute for Public Administration of Canada’s IPAC Case Study Program.

2 June 2017 – The tag line for the Atlas, as represented on the home page, has been changed to “Concepts, topics, and courses taught in leading MPP and MPA programs” to better reflect the current focus. The previous tag line was “Mapping MPP/MPA programs, courses, topics and concepts, along with advice on public management reform”.

1 June 2017 – Concept quizzes have been developed for the first 10 weeks of a summer reading course entitled Atlas206 Internship Reading. The quizzes are found at Concept Quizzes for Atlas206 Internship Reading.

15 April 2017 – Highlights from the book, Beyond Policy Analysis, by Atlas co-editor Leslie Pal, have been added to the Atlas in the form of 83 concept pages. The alignment between the book’s chapters and Atlas topics is displayed on the page, Beyond Policy Analysis – Book Highlights and the book’s 261 “key terms” are compiled in Glossary from Pal’s Beyond Policy Analysis.

5 April 2017 – The navigation bar has been tweaked to reflect recently added or reorganized collections, including Atlas Resource Pages, Cases, and OECD Advice.

30 December 2016 – Atlas100 Governance and Institutions has been essentially completed and becomes the fourth core Atlas course deemed “ready to use.”

20 August 2016 – A presentation for the September SPPG Orientation entitled The Atlas as a Resource for MPP Students … under the Atlas Presentations tab.

11 June 2016 – A new tab on the left navigation bar points to Atlas Standards, describing how the Atlas can be used as a comparative assessment tool for a program interested in comparing its curricular content and learning expectations with those in four Reference Programs selected to be indicative of the “world’s top twenty” MPP and MPA programs.

28 April 2016 – A new tab on the left navigation bar points to Using the Atlas, describing how the Atlas can be used by students (Using the Atlas as Cliffs Notes), by new public officeholders (Using the Atlas for a Crash Course in Fundamentals), practitioners (Using the Atlas for Professional Training and Development), instructors (Using the Atlas to Flip the Classroom), and academic administrators.

8 April 2016 – A new tab on the left navigation bar points to Atlas U, describing how the Atlas can be used as a learning tool and providing links to the 11 synthetic course outlines intended to cover all the core topics and concepts taught in leading MPP and MPA programs.

28 March 2016 – A new tab on the left navigation bar points to Core Curriculum, which provides links to pages displaying the results of our ongoing attempt to derive – from international competency standards and syllabi of required courses in highly regarded programs – a reasonably complete list of topics and concepts that could be regarded as the common core of MPP and MPA degrees.

25 February 2016 – A new tab on the left navigation bar points to Atlas Presentations, each of which is a sequence of Atlas pages for use in particular meeting. The first is for the SPPG Practicum 7 March 2016.

2 December 2015 – Soft launch of the new Atlas. The basic menu structure and overview pages have been completed and the site was opened to search engine web crawlers at noon, EST.




Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 7 January 2022.

Image: City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team, at http://cklfamilyhealthteam.com/whatsnew.php, accessed 28 March 2016.