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sally wardEverything You Always Wanted to Know about the new Carsey School for Public Policy but Didn't Know Who to Ask...

Sally Ward, The Carsey Institute

Monday, May 5, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Three Chimneys Inn, Durham, New Hampshire

Sally Ward has been affiliated with the Carsey Institute since its founding and served on the planning committee for the new Carsey School. The transition from the Institute to the School opens up even more opportunities and need for collaboration with colleagues in the humanities. This presentation will address questions including: What is the role of ethics in public policy formation and implementation? What is the best, most effective way to communicate about public policy? How can the history of public policy in the U.S. (and elsewhere) inform policy debates of today? There is a potentially critical role for the humanities to play in the Carsey School of Public Policy. Come and learn more!

There will be refreshments and a cash bar.

If you plan to attend, kindly RSVP by May 1 by emailing Katie Umans ( or calling 862-4356.

tom shapiro

Spring Research Seminar
The Racial Wealth Gap: Moving Evidence and Narrative into Policy

Tom Shapiro, Brandeis University

Monday, April 28, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room

At a speech commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, President Obama noted: “There have been examples of success within black America that would have been unimaginable a half century ago. … The gap in wealth between races has not lessened, it’s grown.” From the viewpoint of a central actor, this presentation is a case study that examines the art of creating and moving evidence into the public arena as an oppositional narrative. From strategic research to partnering, to grass roots community conversations to communications to dissemination to impact—the talk will suggest a model. It will also preview the development of a new tool, The Racial Wealth Audit™, designed as a next critical step in narrative development and policy formation.


Changing Families, Changing Communities: A Twenty Year Perspective

portsmouth science cafe logoMil Duncan, Founding Director, Carsey Institute
Kristin Smith, Family Demographer, Carsey Institute

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Portsmouth Brewery, 55 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH

Join Carsey’s founding director Mil Duncan and Family Demographer Kristin Smith for a lively and timely discussion about the declining blue collar work, wives as bread winners, and economic recession.

The Science Café, hosted by UNH faculty member and Carsey Faculty Fellow, Cameron Wake, provides a unique opportunity for Seacoast residents to feed their minds with contemporary science in the relaxed atmosphere of a pub. The discussions, which are free and open to all, are held once a month on Wednesday evenings in the Portsmouth Brewery's Jimmy LaPanza Lounge from 6-8 pm. Doors open at 5 p.m. for food and drinks.

Meet the Candidates: Michael Ettlinger
Carsey School of Public Policy Founding Director Open Forum

Monday, April 21, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MUB Room 330/332, University of New Hampshire

The search committee for the Carsey School of Public Policy Founding Director is excited to invite the UNH community to attend the upcoming candidate open forums. See all dates...

Meet the Candidates: Dr. Sarah Stafford
Carsey School of Public Policy Founding Director Open Forum

Monday, April 14, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MUB Theater 1, University of New Hampshire

The search committee for the Carsey School of Public Policy Founding Director is excited to invite the UNH community to attend the upcoming candidate open forums. See all dates...

Meet the Candidates: Dr. Joan Fitzgerald
Carsey School of Public Policy Founding Director Open Forum

Thursday, April 10, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MUB Theater 1, University of New Hampshire

The search committee for the Carsey School of Public Policy Founding Director is excited to invite the UNH community to attend the upcoming candidate open forums. See all dates...

NH Listens
Facilitator Trainings

Friday, April 11, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Concord, NH
(Audubon McLane Center)

The work of public engagement and deliberative dialogue is only as strong as its facilitators. We look forward to connecting with new and experienced facilitators across the state who are interested in serving as a small group facilitator, learning skills and strategies for helping all voices to be heard, and networking with other NH citizens who are invested in proactive problem solving. Read more...

david finkelhor

Spring Research Seminar
Trends in Child Welfare: Politics and Policy

David Finkelhor, Crimes Against Children Research Center, UNH

Monday, March 31, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Memorial Union Building, Theatre I

This talk will discuss recent trends on diverse and controversial child welfare topics such as teen sexual behavior, mental health, crime, family conflict, missing children, drug and alcohol usage, bullying and child abuse. It will explore factors that have been proposed as important explanations for trends, and distinguish those that are most plausible. It will also discuss how research can be useful to keep policy from being hijacked by transient political impulses responding to high profile tragedies and misguided public anxieties. Recording can be viewed online.

matt leighninger

Making Public Participation Legal

with Matt Leighninger, Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC)

Watch the recording online.

Please join UNH Law's Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy and the Carsey Institute for the talk Making Public Participation Legal with Matt Leighninger, the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) and author of The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to Shared Governance - and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same.

Making Public Participation Legal addresses how current legal governance systems stifle citizen participation in decision making processes.

Leighninger’s work points to model public participation laws in both local and state government that can be created to support more meaningful forms of community engagement, from deliberative dialogue to online media tools.


bruce westernCarsey Spring Research Seminar Series:

Reform, Redemption, and Mass Incarceration

Bruce Western, Harvard University

Monday, February 24, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room

This talk reviews some of Western’s research on the scope and consequences of mass incarceration, discusses some new work from the Boston Reentry Study (a longitudinal survey of released prisoners), and addresses the possibility of criminal justice reform. Western argues that political reform will depend in part on effectively describing the human challenges, and choices of those involved in the criminal justice system.

Carsey Fall Research Seminar Series:

The Carsey Institute Research Seminar Series is a forum for the presentation and discussion of issues of social significance by nationally-known scholars.

Mil Duncan - The Politics of Poverty and Development in America's Rural Communities

You can watch this seminar and other video content on our multimedia player.

Monday, September 16, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
MUB Theater I - University of New Hampshire

Twenty years ago, Mil Duncan and a number of UNH graduate students interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life in three remote rural communities—in Appalachia, the Delta region of Mississippi, and northern New England—trying to understand why poverty persisted. In her book Worlds Apart, she argued that the absence of a middle class and deep divisions between haves and have-nots in chronically poor areas dependent upon coal and plantations undermined community institutions essential for providing poor children opportunities to escape poverty. A more diverse, less poor community in northern New England was not divided and invested in community institutions that served everyone. This year she returned to those communities to learn what changes have occurred to update Worlds Apart for a new 2014 edition. She and graduate student Jessica Ulrich and colleague Gemma Beckley from Rust College interviewed about forty people in each place this past winter and spring, and with the help of Jessica Carson at the Carsey Institute examined changes documented in Census and other secondary data. She will talk about the very big changes they found, and consider what they tell us about alleviating poverty and building opportunity in rural communities.

Daniel T. Lichter - American Diversity and Emerging Patterns of Racial and Ethnic Segregation

Monday, October 14, 2013
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
ROOM CHANGE: Piscataqua Room, Holloway Commons - University of New Hampshire

Dan Lichter is a Carsey Policy Fellow, and Ferris Family Professor in the department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. His talk is based on his recent paper of the same title.

Abstract: All future U.S. growth will come from populations other than non-Hispanic whites as America moves towards a majority-minority society by 2043. This so-called Third Demographic Transition raises important implications about changing racial boundaries in the United States, i.e., about the physical, economic, and sociocultural barriers that separate different racial and ethnic groups. This paper identifies new patterns of racial residential segregation over the 1990 to 2010 period. It provides evidence of newly-emerging patterns of macro-segregation, which argues for new research on segregation at multiple levels of geography (not just big-city neighborhoods) and for greater emphasis on racial segregation between cities, suburbs, and small towns. Racial diversity is unfolding unevenly across the American landscape.

Elizabeth Kneebone - Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

Monday, November 18, 2013
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
1925 Room at the Elliott Alumni Center - University of New Hampshire

Elizabeth Kneebone is a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings. In her visit to Durham, Kneebone talked about research from her new book. In Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, she and coauthor Alan Berube take on the new reality of metropolitan poverty and opportunity in America. For decades, suburbs added poor residents at a faster pace than cities, so that suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities, and over a third of the nation’s total poor population. Yet the antipoverty infrastructure built over the past several decades does not fit this rapidly changing geography. Kneebone and Berube paint a new picture of poverty in America as well as the best ways to combat it.

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America offers a series of workable recommendations for public, private, and nonprofit leaders seeking to modernize poverty alleviation and community development strategies and connect residents with economic opportunity in cities and suburbs alike.  The authors highlight efforts in metro areas where local leaders are learning how to do more with less and adjusting their approaches to address the metropolitan scale of poverty by integrating services and service delivery, collaborating across sectors and jurisdictions, and using data-driven and flexible funding strategies.

Center on Social Innovation and Finance:

The Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the University of New Hampshire provides for-profit and nonprofit organizations the talent, skills, knowledge, and networks needed for growing successful social enterprises. Read more...

Carsey Social Innovation Internship Showcase

July 31, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Piscataqua Room, Holloway Commons
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Come learn about what UNH students have achieved this summer while interning at eleven innovative organizations focused on People, Planet, Profits -- and how the interns plan to mobilize other UNH students around triple-bottom-line careers in the coming school year as leaders of Net Impact UNH. The interns have received training and gained real-world experience in social innovation and are eager to use their experiences to create a positive impact on campus.

The showcase will feature a brief presentation from each intern, as well as a discussion on what Net Impact has achieved in the previous years, and how they plan to move forward building on what the interns have learned over the summer. A reception with interns and their hosts will follow. Last year's high-energy showcase attracted over 100 people from business, government, nonprofits, and higher education. Come away educated and inspired by students and their views on sustainable social change! All are welcome.

Micro-Consignment: Economic Opportunity and Security from Uncertainty

September 25, 2012
12:40 - 2:00 PM
MUB Theater II

Greg Van Kirk, Ashoka Fellow and Co-Founder, Community Enterprise Solutions.

Co-sponsored by: Center for International Education, UNH Net Impact, and the Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey Institute.  Reception to follow talk.

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Carsey Social Innovation Interns Final Presentations

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Piscataqua Room, Holloway Commons

Carsey Social Innovation Interns worked at ten social enterprises this summer (both for-profit and nonprofit) and will return to UNH ready to mobilize their peers around triple-bottom-line careers. Students will present on their host organization’s theory of change and their specific project, as well as share their personal reflections.  Reception follows.

Carsey Social Innovation Interns

The Social Enterprise Financing Spectrum

Trends in Philanthropy and Impact Investing
June 25th, 2012, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
UNH Holloway Commons, Piscataqua Room

Leaders of mission-driven companies and nonprofits will gain insights on which capital sources are the best fit with their business model, current growth stage, and scale aspirations.  

Philanthropists, philanthropic organizations, and impact investors will learn about trends and developments in social enterprise financing, including creative ways that funders can match their donor or investment methods to their social and financial goals.


Mark Pinsky: Partnering with Starbucks to Create Jobs and Develop Communities

Wednesday, February 29th, 3:30-5:00pm
Net Impact Student Reception, 5:00-5:30pm
UNH Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room

In this interactive session for students using Starbucks chocolate to role-play, Mark Pinsky will discuss his Starbucks partnership, how community development really works, and "triple bottom line" careers in which young professionals can do well by doing good.

Mark Pinsky is president and chief executive officer of Opportunity Finance Network, the national network of high-performing community development finance institutions and other opportunity finance institutions. Opportunity Finance Network is leading the industry toward its goal of creating a high-impact, high-volume financing system providing tens of billions of dollars annually to benefit millions of low-income and low-wealth people. Together with Starbucks Coffee, Opportunity Finance Network launched a $5M campaign in November 2011 to "Create Jobs for USA" by offering $5 wristbands at Starbucks locations and directing those donations to help create and sustain jobs in underserved communities. Mark also sits on the board of directors of Net Impact, a national network of student and professional chapters dedicated to mobilizing a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in their workplaces and the world.

Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program:

Founded in 1999 as the Microenterprise Development Institute, the Carsey Institute’s Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) provides training and networking opportunities for practitioners in the fields of microfinance, enterprise development, social enterprise, and community-based and rural development. Read more...

Tanzania Training

November 11 - 22, 2013
Arusha, Tanzania

This two-week training workshop brought together several of the leading trainers, researchers, and thinkers working on the cutting edge of savings groups development. Read more...

New Hampshire Certificate

June 17 - 28, 2013
Durham, New Hampshire

This comprehensive two-week program emphasizes a livelihoods approach to microfinance, enterprise, and community economic development. The curriculum is built upon a foundation of the Five Capitals of sustainable livelihoods—natural, physical, human, social, and financial. Read more...

NH Listens:

NH Listens is a civic engagement initiative of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Since 2011, they have worked at the local and state level to support civil, public deliberation of complex issues affecting New Hampshire residents’ everyday lives. Read more...

All Walks of Life: A Statewide Conversation on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Thursday, November 14, 2013
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Locations throughout the state

NH Listens hosted regional gatherings across New Hampshire on Thursday November 14 that will get our state talking, change misperceptions, and shape solutions to promote healthier communities. Read more about New Hampshire gathering...

NH Listens Workshop: Facilitation for Public Engagement

NH Listens offers training several times a year in facilitation specifically oriented toward public conversations and deliberation. This daylong workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the critical role of facilitators in the broad spectrum of public engagement work. We spend time locating the work in local and statewide projects, walking through a typical “talk to action” process, and emphasizing the principles that guide our work.  Prior facilitation experience is helpful but not necessary.

Saturday December 8, 2012
9:00 – 3:00 PM
Lancaster Area

Friday January 11, 2012
1:00 – 7:00 PM
Manchester Area

To learn more about upcoming training opportunities please e-mail us at

Concord Complete Streets: Incomplete Without You and Your Views

The Concord Downtown Complete Streets Project has been rich with visioning and input on the initial design. Now the Advisory Committee is ready to move forward with final recommendations to the Concord City Council. Join us for a community conversation to make sure the new Main Street design balances the needs of everyone.

Learn about the latest developments ~ Give your input on proposed solutions ~ Grapple with others on the sticky issues. 

November 7th
6:30 Doors open
7:00 – 9:00 PM Program begins
Concord Grappone Center, Salon BC

Water Sustainability in New Hampshire

Tuesday, May 8th, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Berlin, Greenland, Manchester, New London, Keene

On Tuesday evening, May 8th, 2012, more than 135 New Hampshire residents met for three hours to talk about their priorities, concerns and ideas for water sustainability in New Hampshire. Compiled here are the priority issues and ideas shared by those participants. New Hampshire Listens (NH Listens) hosted this event in service to the New Hampshire Water Sustainability Commission. The event was advertised widely and everyone was welcome to attend one of five locations.

Read the report...

Faculty Research Excellence Seminar Series:

Research and the Media

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Piscataqua Room, Holloway Commons

This Faculty Research Excellence Seminar Series highlighted UNH scholars/researchers Ken Johnson, Dante Scala, and Andy Smith and experienced media professionals, who will discuss the experience of translating research for consumption by a variety of audiences, the do's and dont's, and how to be the most effective communicators.

Carsey Brown Bag Series:

Supported Housing for Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities and Histories of Homelessness

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 PM
MUB 334/336

Eleanor Jaffee, Evaluation Research Associate
The Carsey Institute

This brown bag presentation will describe the Supported Housing model, a client-driven approach to housing services for people with psychiatric disabilities. This approach, informed by the Housing First and psychiatric recovery movements, is based on the premise that stable housing is the first step toward managing psychiatric symptoms and regaining control of one’s life after experiencing homelessness. Following this introduction to Supported Housing, the presenter will briefly discuss her research on gender and quality of life within the setting of a Supported Housing program serving a mixed urban/rural county of upstate New York.

Children's and Young Adults' Health Insurance Through the Great Recession: Four Years of National Growth

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 PM
MUB 334/336

Michael J. Staley, PhD Candidate in Sociology
Research Assistant, The Carsey Institute

Medicaid and SCHIP grew during the Great Recession, insuring many children who may have otherwise been uninsured. Staley discusses the changing landscape of health care coverage in the United States, as well as the Affordable Care Act's effects on coverage in the future.

Savings Groups Revolution - A Non-Institutional Strategy of Financial Inclusion for the Poor

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 PM
MUB 334/336

William Maddocks, Program Director
Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program

In this talk, we will briefly explore the origins, current innovative models and impact of this methodology which brings efficient and reliable financial services to more than 6 million poor people around the world.

The Poly-victimization of Children and Adolescents in the United States

November 7, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 PM
MUB 330/332

Heather Turner, Professor, Sociology Department

Findings from the 2008 NatSCEV show that exposure to multiple forms of victimization was common in this nationally representative sample of children and youth. Almost 30% of the sample was exposed to 5 or more types of victimization and 10% experienced 11 or more different forms of victimization in their lifetimes. This latter group, what we refer to as "poly-victims", were more likely to come from families low in socio-economic status and to reside in single-parent or step-family households. Results show that poly-victims comprise a substantial portion of the children who would be identified by screening for an individual victimization type, such as sexual assault or witnessing parental violence. Findings also show that: 1) experiencing many different forms of victimization is more highly related to trauma symptoms than experiencing repeated victimizations of a single type, and 2) exposure to multiple victimization substantially accounts for the effects of individual victimizations types. Findings on poly-victimization rates and patterns from the 2011 survey will also be presented, highlighting trends in multiple victimization across the three year period. Findings demonstrate that studies focusing on single forms of victimization are likely to underestimate the full burden of victimization and mis-specify the risk profiles of victims.

Work in a Post-Recession Landscape 

October 17, 2012
12:00 - 1:00 PM
MUB 334/336

Justin Young, Doctoral Student, Sociology Department

As its name implies, the effects of the Great Recession were much worse compared to recent past periods of economic decline. Further, the economic recovery is prolonged. Justin Young will present research detailing changes in unemployment, underemployment, and the skillsets of the U.S. labor market before, during, and after the Great Recession.

Other past events:

A Panel Discussion on Integrated Water Resources Management; Bringing All the Issues together for Effective Management of Water Resources with Dr. Paul Kirshen

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
12:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
MUB 338/340, Memorial Union Building, University of New Hampshire

Panel members include:

Curt Grimm, Carsey Institute: The Role of Social Assessment in the Management of the Senegal River
Mimi Becker, Natural Resources and the Environment: Ecosystem-Based Institutional Arrangements - The Keys to IWRM Approaches
Alison Watts, Civil and Environmental Engineering: Planning Across the Boundaries – Integrated Planning for the Squamscott/Exeter River
Semra Aytur, Health Management and Policy: Exploring the Eco-Health Perspective within IWRM
Dave Burdick, Natural Resources and the Environment: Restoring Hydrology to Tidal Marshes along the New England Coast.

Reclaiming Our Democracy - Sam Daley Harris

Monday, October 28, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
MUB Theater I, Memorial Union Building - University of New Hampshire

You are invited to a forum to learn how to use your citizen power to reclaim our democracy! Sam Daley-Harris, considered “one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades” and author of “Reclaiming Our Democracy” will be the guest speaker. Read more...

The Problem With STEM: Gender Barriers or Occupational Dead End?

Dr. Sharon Sassler (Ph.D. Sociology, Brown University, 1995)
Professor of Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
12:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
MUB Theater II, Memorial Union Building - University of New Hampshire

The under-representation of women in the science workforce is an established issue of concern to academics and policy makers. These discussions occur in tandem with, but separate from, debates regarding a shortage of skilled workers in science and technology, and recommendations by employers in the United States to increase the number of H1B visas to allow foreign-born workers to fill these positions. I utilize data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (1979) to examine the factors shaping transitions into STEM occupations following college graduation, and retention in STEM jobs. The results indicate that less than half of all STEM majors entered related occupations, though women who majored in STEM fields were no less likely than men to transition into STEM occupations. Adolescent expectations regarding gender ideology and work mattered, more so for women than men. Women who expressed family building desires that would mark them as “ideal workers” – wanting to delay or forego marriage and limit fertility – were no more likely to enter into STEM jobs. Men’s family expectations, in contrast, increased their likelihood of transitioning into STEM jobs. Among women who enter STEM occupations, retention is quite low, particularly when compared with professional women. Nearly half have left the STEM field after 10 years. The multivariate analysis indicates that the much higher rate of attrition from STEM jobs is not due to motherhood. Men who initially entered STEM jobs were almost as likely as women to exit their field. Our results suggest that women in STEM face particular challenges to entering and remaining in their fields, which demands closer attention from those concerned with a shortage of STEM workers and gender inequality. But this is also a two-sex problem, one requiring greater consideration of institutional and market factors.

Public lecture co-sponsored by UNH Department of Sociology and The Carsey Institute

Who Stole the American Dream - Hedrick Smith 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
4:00 p.m.
MUB Theater II, Memorial Union Building - University of New Hampshire

In a special appearance at UNH, two-time Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winner Hedrick Smith will talk about how America has moved from an era of middle class prosperity and power to an unequal economy that is unraveling the American Dream for millions of middle class families. Read more...