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Voinovich Academy for Excellence in Public Service

Ohio University- Dublin Center

Suite 260

6785 Bobcat Way

Dublin, Ohio 43016



Collaborations for Healthy Campus Communities

A FREE workshop for town- gown communities and their leaders.

Learn how Ohio colleges and universities and their local host governments have worked together to improve mental health and overall community wellness.

Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

LocationThe Point at Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio

Time: 9:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. Registration and Networking (continental breakfast)

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Kick-off

9:15 a.m. Overview of Survey Results

9:45 a.m. Collaboration # 1- Ashland University/ Ashland County Mental Health Board.

10:15 a.m. Break/ Networking

10:30 a.m. Collaboration # 2- Miami University/ City of Oxford.

11:15 a.m. Collaboration # 3 - Ohio University/ City of Athens

NOON- Lunch (provided) and networking

1:00 p.m. World Cafe- Opportunity to discuss ideas and topics with other attendees

1:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker - Cheri Walter, Executive Director Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities 

2:30 p.m. Wrap up and Conclusion

Please use this link to register by July 27, 2022: Registration has closed.

 For more information, please contact the Voinovich Academy at GVAcademy@ohio.edu.

Social Return on Investment for Practitioners

Social Return on Investment (SROI) is a framework for calculating and communicating  the social impact of a program using the universal language of money. SROI measures the social value created by an organization’s activities or community initiative by including social, economic, and environmental impacts in a total measure of social value using financial proxies that capture value in costs avoided or benefits achieved. SROI is used as a form of evaluation to quantify social value.

  • Workshops will teach the principles and practice of SROI.
  • Workshop participants will apply their learning in their own organizational context.
  • Workshop participants will select a program, activity, or company on which to conduct a focused SROI analysis.
  • Participants will leave the program with a finished SROI analysis.
  • One-on-one coaching opportunities with Ohio University SROI analysts are available between workshops.

This workshop is best suited for a team of two to three people from an organization.

Participants will achieve the highest potential for successful completion if they have a strong knowledge of the activities and potential impacts, have access to stakeholders and primary beneficiaries for the program they are analyzing and they love data.

Program Details

Eight workshops

This program has been postponed. Please contact us at GVAcademy@ohio.edu to learn more about this workshop.

Space is limited.

To be added to the mailing list for upcoming workshops, please email GVAcademy@ohio.edu

Leading in Appalachia Spring 2022: Advocacy

This series of six dynamic workshops is intended for individuals living and working in Appalachia who have a specific cause or issue for which they’d like to advocate.

At each workshop, participants will:


There is no charge for participants from the Appalachian region of Ohio, but an application is required.

Applications are closed.

To be added to the mailing list for upcoming workshops, please email GVAcademy@ohio.edu


Governing Essentials for Local Elected Officials

Designed for newly elected officials (or experienced officials seeking a refresher), this introductory series will promote a high-level of understanding of topics essential to services as a local council, board, or commission member. The curriculum will be delivered by both seasoned practitioners and academic experts and is organized to fit the demanding schedules of participants. All sessions include practical information you will use immediately, plus opportunities to network and collaborate with peers. 

"This has been all so well done and so informative. I wish I'd had this six years ago when I first took office!"

- Participant, 2021 Cohort

The Curriculum- 

Governance: Topics include forms of government, roles of council, board and commission members, effective public meetings, ethics, lessons in governance

Economic Development- Fundamentals: Learn about the tools and resources local officials can command to drive healthy, long-term growth.

Economic Development- Intelligent Communities and Growth Economies: Understand the effects of emerging technologies on the physical and economic growth of the community.

Safety and Public Works: Discuss effective crisis preparation and management and community collaboration. Learn about the role infrastructure plays in the life of the community.

Budgeting and Finance: Make sense of the vocabulary and uses of revenue generation, borrowing, and budget-making as the foundation for fiscal responsibility.

Current Issues in Local Government: Learn practical techniques for constituent service and media engagement. Discuss current trends in governance and the roles that equity, justice and accountability play in the work of a public servant.

Registration for spring 2022 is closed.

For questions or to be added to the mailing list for upcoming workshops, please email GVAcademy@ohio.edu


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