Online: Public Service Academy Alexander Blewett III School of Law


July 30, 2020 all-day
Regular Rate: $95, UM students and employees: $80   Tickets
Sara Rinfret

The Max S. Baucus Institute’s Department of Public Administration and Policy is hosting its second annual Public Service Academy. The Public Service Academy is open to any public or nonprofit sector employee with the goal to advance skills for your current profession. Participants will learn from leading experts in the field. Online modules are open for viewing beginning July 30, and participants will be notified via email with their full access pass (access for six months for paid participants only) For more information, including a detailed schedule and speaker bios, visit the Public Service Academy page.

NEW this year! Participants are eligible for the First Annual Baucus Innovation Challenge. The Baucus Innovation Challenge is an annual event that highlights exciting new strategies for advancing knowledge and/or improving programmatic efficiency or effectiveness. UM’s Baucus Institute and the Department of Public Administration & Policy invite your department, agency or program to join a pitch competition in honor of Ambassador Max Baucus’s commitment to public service. He believes public service is “the highest calling” and appreciates innovative thinking to continue to solve public and nonprofit sector problems.

If your department/program/agency’s innovative approach (e.g. research, solving a public or nonprofit sector problem) is selected as one of the 3-5 finalists, you will receive:

  • The opportunity to present your idea at the 2020 Baucus Innovation Challenge Lunch at the Public Service Academy
  • A chance to win a $500 award to launch or further develop your innovation
    A representative from a public sector program, agency, or department must:

  • Have developed an innovative approach to enhance public service, address an unmet need, advance understanding in the field, and/or improve programmatic efficiency or effectiveness.
  • Submit a written overview (500 words or fewer) telling the judges what you are doing and how it works.
  • Submission deadline is July 15, 2020. Finalists will be notified in advance and should be prepared to give a short presentation.