The Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston is dedicated to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of all levels of government, with a particular focus on regionalization and performance management.
The center has developed a comprehensive set of services to increase the productivity, performance and accountability of government. The center has provided these services to scores of the Commonwealth’s cities and towns, as well as to several state agencies:
- performance management system development
- technical assistance and consulting
- educational products and services
- charter reform assistance
- regionalization and collective activities facilitation
- executive recruitment and interim management services
- grant application assistance and applied research and analysis
The Collins Center was established in July 2008. Throughout his long public career in the Commonwealth, Edward J. Collins, Jr. served as an important mentor to hundreds of past and present municipal and state officials.
The center is located within the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The McCormack Graduate School was founded in 2003 to create a dynamic academic and research center in policy studies. The school has built upon the foundation of its predecessor, the McCormack Institute, established in 1983 and named in honor of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John W. McCormack.
The McCormack School’s mission goes hand-in-hand with the mission of UMass Boston: To serve the people, and address the issues of a great urban society through outstanding teaching, research, and service.