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The Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership provides public officials and community leaders with the tools and skills needed to make informed decisions and manage responsive organizations effectively. Our custom programs enable state and local leaders to access university-level education in innovative leadership practices while engaging in robust discussion with their peers. We’ll help identify and address the most pressing leadership challenges you face.

Gary Sasse is the Founding Director of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership.

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Report: The Human Services Workforce in Rhode Island

A new Hassenfeld Institute report, published August 2020, analyzes characteristics of the human services workforce in Rhode Island to put data behind commonly-held perceptions.

The report reveals that the human services workforce is disproportionately female, more racially and ethnically diverse than the workforce as a whole, and is a low wage industry, in spite of educational attainment.

The report was produced in partnership with the Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families.

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Article: Game Changers Needed to Sustain Post-COVID Recovery

As the possibility of a “K”-shaped economic recovery threatens to leave many Rhode Islanders behind following the COVID-19 pandemic, both short- and long-term economy recovery policies must be considered to ensure an equitable and quick rebound.

Rhode Island has no choice but to consider an economic Game Changer to help accelerate this recovery and address systematic issues that have impacted our economy since before the Coronavirus. Focusing on infrastructure, access to digital technology, and education could help address these issues as Rhode Island begins its recovery.

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