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Overview
CTG's research program contributes in many ways to the academic life of the University at Albany. Through courses, internships, and other opportunities for faculty and students, the Center is closely engaged to the teaching and research missions of the University.

CTG's research agenda is designed to produce and disseminate new knowledge about how information resources and strategies can be used to foster innovation and enhance the quality and coordination of public services.

Our research projects focus on significant questions in organizational studies, information science, public policy, and managerial practice. Our approach brings together researchers from different disciplines to study problems from multiple perspectives. The results of our work contribute to the scientific literature as well as support government professionals and contribute to IT innovation in government.

Our principal investigators, professional research staff, academic partners, and graduate students come from public administration, political science, education, information science, communication, management, computer science, criminal justice, and sociology. For faculty and research staff, these projects provide rich data and research venues for studying contemporary public problems and organizational settings. For students, the projects offer opportunities to develop research skills as well as a wealth of data for theses and dissertations in these fields of study.

Project sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the US Department of Justice. The projects they fund generate a growing knowledge base that contributes to advances in both research and practice.

CTG's research program contributes in many ways to the academic life of the University at Albany. Through courses, internships, and other opportunities for faculty and students, the Center is closely engaged to the teaching and research missions of the University.

GRANTS

CTG receives grants from the National Science Foundation and other sources to support its ongoing research activities.

ROCKEFELLER COLLEGE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND POLICY

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As part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy's Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program, Theresa Pardo and Sharon Dawes were key in developing the nationally-ranked Information Strategy and Management Concentration. According to U.S. News and World Report's most recent graduate school rankings, this specialty area is ranked #2 in the country for best public affairs schools for information and technology management programs.

One of the key reasons why the Information Strategy and Management Concentration holds the #2 ranking is the participation by Pardo and Dawes as faculty and the access they provide for students to NYS government and its Chief Information Officers.

Pictured above: Dan Chan (middle front row), Acting NYS CIO, participated on a panel discussion as part of Theresa's Fall 2011 graduate level course, PAD 650: Building a Case for IT Investments in the Public Sector. Dr. Chan was joined by Bill Travis, CIO of NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Brian Scott, CIO NYS Health Department, David Walsh, CIO of NYS Department of Education, and Adam Gigandet, CIO of NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.

CTG is also linked to the MPA program through its graduate assistants, student, and research projects.

INFORMATION SCIENCE DOCTORAL PROGRAM

CTG directors participate in the design and management of the information science doctoral program. They also teach courses that focus on information policy, theory, and strategic decision-making.

VISITING SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Visiting Scholar Program attracts digital government researchers from around the world. CTG accepts applications for both short- and long-term visits through a competitive review process.

CONFERENCES

A core aspect of CTG's mission is to take an active role in the community of researchers studying and adding to the growing body of knowledge about IT in government. We accomplish this, in part, through our participation in national and international academic conferences.

For the last several years, we have played active roles in organizing the following major conferences:

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Graduate assistants and student interns participate in many aspects of the partnership and research projects conducted at the Center.