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David Landsbergen

Associate Professor

Making good decisions first requires that good information is available. Managing information means getting the right information to the right person at the right time. This is a difficult problem and too often regarded as a “black box” to be avoided or ignored because it is too complex or too difficult to understand. If we are to fulfill the promise of making government work better, however, we need to realize that in many cases government is mostly about processing information and making decisions using information. Opening up that black box and seeing how all the parts do work together, and how they should work together, requires understanding the intersection of law, technology, management and policy information.

Dr. David Landsbergen’s previous work has focused on integrating information systems so that they are interoperable; making information systems secure and trustworthy; identifying best policy and managerial practices for open source software; providing recommendations on how to improve the standards-setting process; and designing policies and systems that protect privacy and improve public records access. As a John Glenn Scholar, he helped develop a Central Ohio response to the Digital Divide.

Recently completed work includes a “Social Media Prototype Evaluation: Policy, Strategy and Best Practices” for the City of Columbus. He was also the principal investigator on “Modernizing Ohio’s Public Benefits and Job Assistance Programs: Benefits, Costs and Implementation Issues,” a project funded by the Living Cities Foundation.

Currently, Landsbergen is working with a regional consortium of 12 local governments on how to successfully utilize social media. A second project is examining an integrated legal, policy and managerial approach to managing social media as public records.

Landsbergen has published in a number of journals including: Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, IEEE Transactions, Communications of the ACM, and Government Information Quarterly.

Landsbergen earned his juris doctor degree from the College of Law and a doctorate from the Maxwell School, both at Syracuse University.

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.