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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.

View the full report here
View the fact sheet here

Poll: Voters Support Spending Federal Funds on Education, Small Business

A new public opinion survey by the Hassenfeld Institute revealed voter priorities on spending federal funds from the American Rescue Plan in Rhode Island.

Voters overwhelmingly support spending new funds on education and small businesses, though a majority of voters don’t trust public officials to spend the money wisely.

The poll asks about priorities at both the state and local level, as well as voters’ attitudes towards funding capital projects versus daily operations with the one-time stimulus.

View the filled in survey
View the full report