Dr. Sheila R. Ronis is president of The University Group, Inc., a management consulting firm and think tank specializing in strategic management, visioning, leadership, national security and public policy. In addition, Ronis is an associate with Argonne National Laboratory University of Chicago. She is also an adjunct professor of management at Walsh College, where she retired as distinguished professor of management and director of the Center for Complex and Strategic Decisions. She serves on the National Defense University Foundation Board of Directors as chairman emeritus and serves on the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Advisory Board at The Ohio State University, where she also teaches the capstone of the Master of Public Administration and Leadership online program.
Ronis is an active member of the Federal Foresight Community of Interest in Washington, D.C. Along with professor Leon Fuerth, she is co-director of the Project on Foresight and Democracy funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Her Bachelor of Science is in Physics, Mathematics and Education. Her master’s and doctorate are from The Ohio State University in large complex social system behavior.
Ronis participates in the OECD Foresight Community in Paris and has published two United States Government foresight case studies for the OECD. Visionarios have been developed and published with her colleague, Dr. Richard J. Chasdi for the U.S. Army. She has also developed visionarios for the National GeoSpatial Intelligence Agency, several academic conferences, The International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs, in Europe, the Government of Finland, The U.S. Government Accountability Office, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, The International Management Institute, Nahalal, Israel, the Royal United Services Institute of Defense and Security Studies in London.
Ronis served as guest speaker on the use of foresight methodologies to improve public policy on Sept. 12, 2014, at The Royal Society in London. She traced the center’s work on the Project for National Security Reform. It included details on how the CCSD experimented with judgment and decision sciences for a conceptual set of capabilities for the Executive Office of the President of the United States. On June 12, 2013, Ronis was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Outstanding Public Service Award in a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Ronis is the former chair of the Vision Working Group of the Project on National Security Reform in Washington, D.C., which was tasked by Congress to rewrite the National Security Act of 1947. As a distinguished fellow at PNSR, Ronis was responsible for the plan and processes to develop The Center for Strategic Analysis and Assessment; the place where the president of the United States will conduct “grand strategy” on behalf of the nation working with LTG Brent Scowcroft and Fuerth as advisers. On July 30, 2010, she chaired a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, where she presented the findings of the PNSR Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios which she edited, that outlines why foresight capabilities are essential to the workings of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. She was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Scholarship and studied these issues in Singapore in August and October 2011.
In August 2010, Ronis chaired the conference “Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security” at the National Defense University that explored a “grand strategy” for a healthy U.S. economy. A publication based on that conference, edited by Ronis, was published in December 2011. Ronis facilitated a workshop entitled “Energy as Grand Strategy” in May 2012 at the National Defense University co-sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy. In November 2011, Ronis chaired a symposium at the National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies, “Forging an American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through a Complex Future,” in Washington, D.C. A publication based on that conference, edited by Ronis, was published in 2013.
In her career of more than four decades, Ronis has worked with many organizations in the public and private sectors. Known as a complex systems security strategist, Ronis has authored hundreds of papers.
The report, produced with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, includes a study of the fundraising workplace, a call to action in addressing sexual harassment in the profession, and a set of resources for taking action.
This report explores the grantmaking activity of an extensive sample of community foundations and local United Way affiliates, with a particular focus on the support they provide to organizations involved in community and economic development.
This study explores factors influencing the development and sustainability of data sharing in the Mid-Ohio Farmacy (MOF), a produce referral program implemented in partnership between a community-based organization and an academic medical center, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
This paper, published in the Journal of the Economics of Aging, explores why some older adults claim Social Security benefits early and whether the level of an individual’s financial stress prior to the claiming decision is associated with a benefit claim at age 62.
This study, published by the International Review of Administrative Sciences, provides insight about how institutional context and experiences shape citizens' perceptions about procedural fairness and trust and confidence in legal institutions.
This study, published by Public Performance and Management Review, finds that contract managers who have had more rules training tend to believe that they have less autonomy and view the behaviors of others as unethical.
This paper, published by the International Journal of Production Economics, incorporates resilience into longstanding economic production theory and identifies the key components for evaluating the cost and effectiveness of resilience.
This study, published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, uses data on United Ways that e-filed their 990 forms and supervised machine learning to illustrate an approach for classifying a large set of mission descriptions by roles.
Country Fresh Stops (CFS) and Donation Station (DS) are two complementary programs that support local agriculture in Appalachia Ohio. As the first study of these programs in the peer-reviewed literature, this publication identifies factors that facilitate or hinder the implementation of these local value chain models of healthy food access.
There is limited evidence describing utilization of clinic-based food referral programs intended to support healthy eating for food-insecure patients. To address this gap, this study aims to describe the utilization of the Mid-Ohio Farmacy (MOF).
This paper, published in the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, introduces a novel pedagogical approach that helps students understand the theories used to teach about the nonprofit sector and how educators can connect theory to current challenges impacting nonprofit organizations.
The Wave 3 survey results tell a story of the nonprofit sector’s resilience and contribution, and how organizations rallied during the pandemic to provide new services to new populations and to create partnerships with other organizations.
This study, published by the American Review of Public Administration, empirically illustrates the connection between public value frames, design choices, and public participation in a collaborative policymaking process.
This study, published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, argues that teaching ethics should be not only limited to specific ethics courses in higher education nor just embedded as an element in various core courses in public administration programs, but also anchored in a thoughtful K-12 curriculum.
This study, published in the Journal of Business Ethics, contributes to our understanding of how communication of ethical guidelines by managers may reduce the likelihood of employee unethical behavior.
This research note uses qualitative analysis to explore the anti-harassment practices recommended to nonprofit practitioners and compares these practices to academic research to develop a nonprofit scholarly research agenda.
This study, published in Agriculture and Human Values, uses the concept of relational fields to conduct a post-hoc analysis of nine cases, examining how social movement organizations and other actors actively create new deliberative governance spaces.
Despite the benefits of adequate fruit and vegetable (FV) intake, most individuals in the U.S. do not eat recommended amounts, with lower intake among individuals with lower socioeconomic status. Findings suggesting that greater FV access is related to higher intake underpin ongoing public health efforts to increase FV intake.
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.
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.
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.
This study, published in the American Journal of Political Science, investigates how the racial and ethnic composition of California school boards affects school district administration and student achievement.
This study, published in the Economics of Education Review, explores how teachers unions affect education production by comparing outcomes between districts allocating new tax revenue amidst collective bargaining negotiations and districts allocating tax revenue well before.
This book, by Jos C.N. Raadschelders, provides the information that all citizens should have about their connections to government, why there is a government, what it does, how it does it, and why we can no longer do without it.
This study, published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, examines how the extraction of home equity through the federally insured Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) affects the credit outcomes of older adults.
This study, published in Children and Youth Services Review, examines how neighborhood poverty is associated with children’s trajectories of growth in math and reading skills in early elementary school
This report summarizes the roles that United Ways and community foundations play in their local communities, their perceptions of the changes going on in the world around them and their perceptions of their relationships with each other.
This study reviews the spillover effect of foreclosures on nearby housing prices over space and time employing geographically weighted regression, which allows modeled relationships to vary locally within a geographic area.
This study, published by PLoS One, seeks to understand whether a catastrophic and urgent event, such as the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerates or reverses trends in international collaboration
This report provides early reactions of the nonprofit sector to the pandemic, including their actions and concerns, to inform policymakers, funders, media, and other decision makers about how to best support the sector during this time.
The study, published by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, explores factors affecting access to and use of Double Up Food Bucks, a farmers' market program that doubles Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for use toward the purchase of fruits and vegetables.
This study, published in Public Management Review, explores several local organizational characteristics that may explain the existence of collaborative relations between international and local non-governmental organizations.
The study, published in the Natural Hazards Review, reports on a series of controlled experiments with human subjects on the decision of firms to invest in resilience to mitigate supply-chain disruptions and their willingness to pay for advisory information to improve resilience planning investments.
This study, published by the Public Administration Review, discusses the behavioral public administration movement call for greater use of theories from psychology and experimental research designs to improve the rigor of public administration research.
This study, published in the International Public Management Journal, examines how law enforcement managers may cultivate learning and improve performance of their workgroups by demonstrating inclusive leadership
This study, published by Politics and Governance, examines the relationship between a Food Policy Council's organizational structure, relationship to government, and membership and its policy priorities.
This study, published in Engineering Geology, proposes a highly efficient Bayesian updating framework that is integrated with multivariate Kriging surrogate modeling to quantify heteroscedastic uncertainties in the entire space of uncertain system variables and capture spatial and temporal dependencies among the responses using non-separable covariance structure.
This study, published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, explores how centralization, a fundamental structural characteristic, relates to an INGO’s effectiveness as perceived by its own leader versus by leaders of other INGOs.
This chapter, in the Handbook on Science and Public Policy, explores the application of complex systems theory to understand the rapid growth of international collaboration, particularly as it can be applied to global challenges.
This study, published in Utilities Policy, presents a case of a 50-year comprehensive energy concession agreement by The Ohio State University that generated an up-front payment exceeding a billion dollars.
This brief, published by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute, examines the trade conflict sparked by the federal government’s initiation of tariffs in 2018 to protect the U.S. steel and aluminum industries.
This study, published in the International Journal of Production Economics, provides a microeconomic foundation for analyzing the comprehensive range of tactics used by firms and other organizations after catastrophic events.
This study, published in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, explores ways to make U.S. foreign policy work better for America’s middle class, even if their economic fortunes depend largely on domestic factors and policies.
This study, published in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, examines nutrition educators’ experiences with, knowledge of, and beliefs about local foods, and elicits ideas on how to integrate education about and access to local food systems into their current work.
This study, posted in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, explores the possibility of meeting the demands of increased populations and economic growth in 2050 while simultaneously advancing multiple conservation goals.
This study, published by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, describes fruit and vegetable preferences and other factors that may influence participation in community-supported agriculture.
This study, published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, examines the narrative whereby opioid overdoses among white, male, less-educated, rural workers have been caused by reduced economic opportunities borne by such people.
This study, published by the Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Journal, used a customized input-output model to simulate potential economic impacts of programs and policies that enable Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to shift purchases from traditional food retailers to DTC venues in four states.
This study, published in the Journal of Commodity Markets, details the consignment auction design used in California, in which utilities are allocated a share of emissions permits that they must sell into the uniform-price auction.
This study, published in the American Journal of Political Science, examines how election timing influences voter composition in terms of partisanship, ideology, and the numerical strength of powerful interest groups.
This study, published in Public Administration Review, examines the influence of empowering leadership practices on police officers' job performance, perceptions of managerial effectiveness, and unit performance.
This study, published in the Journal of Regional Science, utilizes a novel dynamic propensity score matching approach for multiple cohorts of U.S. counties between 1989 and 1999 to examine local economy resilience to rare natural disasters.
This study, published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, analyzes how expansions to the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) affected household finances over the past two decades.
This study, published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, tests whether saving rates in a federally funded, matched, savings program for low-income families – the Individual Development Account program – can be improved through insights from behavioral economics.
This study, posted in the Energy Journal, examines the relationship between electricity demand and meteorological conditions to assist with short-term electricity load forecasts and long-term projections of climate change impacts.
Thus study, published in Public Administration Review, provides a theoretical framework that links public managers' and community leaders' perspectives on their own political efficacy and sources of their efficacy, yielding four types of “designers.”
This study, published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, examines whether the benefits of representation stem from individual (direct)- versus organizational (indirect)-level pathways, or both.
This study, published by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, reviews empirical assessments of Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC) and Electronic Benefits Transfer research, and presents policy considerations in the program's future expansion.
This study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, compares the consumption patterns and diet quality of foods and beverages obtained from various sources by food security status.
This study, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, evaluates the degree associations between neighborhood disadvantage and outcomes persist into elementary school and whether neighborhood disadvantage interacts with household disadvantage.
This study, published in Climatic Change, investigated how subsurface and atmospheric leakage from geologic CO2 storage reservoirs could impact the deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage in the global energy system.
This study, published in Public Administration Review, investigates why various mechanisms of cooperation among local authorities are chosen using the theoretical lens of institutional collective action.
This study, published by Public Administration Review, demonstrates that locally-facing firms are associated with greater levels of civic and political engagement compared with locally owned firms that sell their products to customers elsewhere.
This study, published in the British Food Journal, examines how socio-economic and institutional factors impact UK food retailers’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies as revealed in corporate communications and product marketing.
This study, published by the International Review of Administrative Sciences, examines the efficacy of central attempts to influence the use of specific types of contracts, namely, cost-reimbursement versus fixed-price contracts.
This study, published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, uses a randomized controlled experimental design to examine whether biological sex or gender diversity might lead to decision-making that improves investments in resilience to calamitous events.
This study, published by Administration and Policy in Mental Health, examines worker perceptions of how public child welfare agencies' purchase of service contracts with private behavioral health organizations can both facilitate and constrain referral making and children's access to services.
This study, published in the Policy Studies Journal, examines how methods for observing policy networks have not kept up with the development of new network analytic techniques required to understand governance in complex settings.
This study, published by Agriculture and Human Values, describe current distribution systems within Ohio, identifies firms interested in scaling-up distribution and inform state-level policy efforts by identifying opportunities to better target any state-level policy and program efforts.
This study, posted in Environmental Science and Technology, developed a Leakage Risk Monetization Model (LRiMM) which integrates simulation of CO2 leakage from geologic CO2 storage reservoirs with an estimation of monetized leakage risk (MLR).
This book, written by Jos C.N. Raadschelders and Richard J. Stillman II provides academics and students with a rich supply of knowledge on the scope, methods, and theoretical foundations of public administration.
This study, published in the Journal of Rural Studies, evaluates the emergence of agrifood system policy in the U.S. and suggests future evaluative policy research and comparative analysis with other domains of food policy research.
This study, published in the Journal of Food Products Marketing, demonstrates that there is little statistical difference, and even a net gain in predictive power, when using a balanced sample to test factors that influence a firm’s decision to market organic food.
This book, written in part by Jos Raadschelders, features chapters spotlighting theorists in the field, covering his/her life, research, writings, and impact, introducing the discipline′s most important scholarship in both a memorable and approachable manner.