Lecy and Schmitz win best paper award 

Jesse Lecy, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs; Hans Peter Schmitz, associate professor of political science; and Maxwell PhD alumna Haley Swedlund, currently assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, have received the 2012 Best Paper Award from the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR). The paper, “Non-governmental and not-for-profit organizational effectiveness: a modern synthesis,” explores the fragmentation of information regarding NGO/ NPO effectiveness across disciplinary lines.  The paper suggests that progress in our understanding of NGO/NPO effectiveness requires enhanced efforts at crossing disciplinary divides, adding empirical analyses, and increasing attention to develop shared categories and methodologies.  ISTR presents this prestigious award biennially for an outstanding paper in the journal “Voluntas” that contributes to the field of civil society, third sector, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and voluntarism.  09/19/14