Bright Ideas Entries from 2014

Melissa Gibson, senior consultant

Visualizing Data: The performance of nonprofits in a new tableau

Melissa Gibson, senior consultant at PSC crunches the numbers to beautiful effect. When it comes to high-quality information analysis, the numbers can become overwhelming. But Public Sector Consultants has always [...]

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In The Gears: Finding the right research to turn the gears

Informing public discourse with research is the focus of this installment of In the Gears, a series that highlights the tools PSC uses to turn the gears of public policy [...]

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Is Michigan finally getting serious about fixing our crumbling roads?

For anyone driving into Michigan from a bordering state or from Canada, the situation becomes immediately clear: Michigan's roads are crumbling beneath their tires. While that's nothing new, officials say [...]

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Global Detroit: Leveraging the talent of Michigan’s immigrants

Elda and Rafael Castellanos own El Comal, a restaurant in southwest Detroit featuring Salvadorean, Guatemalan and Mexican fare. Global Detroit helped connect the Castellanos to partner organization ProsperUS Detroit, a [...]

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Where do Michiganders stand on immigration?

Public Sector Consultants’ quarterly public opinion poll asked several questions on the topic of immigration. The poll, which ran September 11–13, is the second installment of an effort by PSC [...]

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Place-based education motivates students by connecting learning to community

Black heaps of illegally dumped tires pockmark the landscape around Hope of Detroit Academy. They are unsightly, attract pests, and make the community less safe. But teachers and students at the [...]

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A grayer Michigan: How the aging of the Mitten State will impact public policy

Demographer Kurt Metzger As we enter into this midterm election season, policymakers and the public are grappling with issues that will chart Michigan's course for years to come. But just [...]

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Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative receives $150,000 EPA grant to support environmental stewardship

From Left to Right: Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager, and Mary Whitmore, Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative coordinator As teachers [...]

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Smart Policy, Smart Commute: How PSCers get to work

The sound of a loud engine accelerating reverberates through the quiet neighborhood as Shanna Draheim gets ready to leave for work. Breakfast bar and a change of clothes secured tightly [...]

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Social impact bonds: A new financing tool for public-private partnerships

PSC’s Jeff Guilfoyle writes about what’s possible with social impact bonds (SIBs). Mr. Guilfoyle specializes in school finance, tax policy, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and issues pertaining to Michigan’s economy and [...]

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Q&A: Place-based education expert Dr. Doris Terry Williams

On November 6, hundreds of educators and community leaders will converge in Grand Rapids, Michigan to kick off the 2014 Great Lakes Place-based Education Conference. This fourth annual conference will [...]

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Oral health initiative helps Michigan kids smile

Michigan's children are suffering a dental crisis. To help address the crisis, Public Sector Consultants is helping the dental insurance provider Delta Dental to develop a campaign called the Brighter [...]

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Q&A with Dan Wyant, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Dan Wyant On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new proposed rule under the Clean Air Act that will regulate carbon emissions from new and existing power [...]

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PSC resumes public opinion polling

Public Sector Consultants is launching this month a new polling partnership to assess the views of likely voters on key topics in Michigan. The quarterly poll restores a PSC tradition. [...]

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In The Gears: How PSC’s Amanda Menzies builds consensus for better policy

In the June edition of Bright Ideas we started In The Gears, a series on how PSC turns the gears on public policy innovation: research and analysis, program implementation, evaluation, and [...]

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Public Sector Consultants’ ‘special sauce’: deep policy knowledge and the ability to get it done

For more than 30 years, Public Sector Consultants has provided services that help advance Michigan. While the nature of those services have evolved over time, two things remain constant: a [...]

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Gerrymandering: Picasso could not have done it better

CEO Jeff Williams stepped before the Lansing Rotary Club May 16 to talk about politics. His first presentation slide was dominated by a work of art by Pablo Picasso. Say [...]

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Update on economic benefits of Michigan’s nonprofit sector

To most people, the term “nonprofit” conjures visions of benevolent institutions doing good work in communities, perhaps feeding the homeless or providing job training to ex-convicts on a shoestring budget, [...]

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Charitable giving and doing: part of Public Sector Consultants’ culture

PSC President Peter Pratt enjoys the 2014 Greater Lansing Food Bank fundraiser in East Lansing along with Colleen McNamara (left) and Leslie Brogan. Pratt is a longtime member of the [...]

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Welcome to Bright Ideas

Welcome to Bright Ideas, the newsletter of Public Sector Consultants, the premier public policy and program management firm in Michigan. Thirty-five years ago, PSC began in the mind of Jerry [...]

Jeff Guilfoyle, vice president

Q&A: Jeff Guilfoyle, vice president at Public Sector Consultants

Nina Ignaczak Jeff Guilfoyle joined Public Sector Consultants in early April as a vice president after an already impressive career in the public policy arena, most recently as president of [...]

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Michigan’s Office of Great Start ready to ‘race to the top’ of early childhood learning

A partnership among Michigan's Office of Great Start (OGS), Public Sector Consultants and early childhood organizations has yielded $52 million in new federal funds to help hundreds of thousands of Michigan [...]


Michigan nonprofits make big impact on state’s economy

For nearly two decades, PSC has been tracking and detailing the effects of the nonprofit sector on the economy and life of Michigan. In May, PSC will release its latest [...]

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Public Sector Consultants recognized for workplace wellness

Public Sector Consultants’ long experience with health data and research has propelled the firm into an aggressive employee wellness program – a program that just drew state acclaim and responds [...]

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Michigan gets serious about keeping money and jobs out of the landfill through recycling

Recycling in Michigan   Michigan gets serious about keeping money and jobs out of the landfill through recycling Along with trash, Michigan has buried dollars and jobs in landfills for [...]