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Eva Witesman

Professor and Director of the Ballard Center,
Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics

Website: http://www.evawitesman.com

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Eva M. Witesman, Ph.D. is an expert in strategic planning and evidence-based innovation, including a full range of quantitative and qualitative program evaluation tools, techniques and practices. Dr. Witesman focuses her work on the public and nonprofit sectors, seeking to improve public outcomes through data-informed management. Through her faculty appointment in the BYU MPA program, Dr. Witesman provides pro-bono evaluation and analysis services to select community partners. For more information, please contact Dr. Witesman by e-mail through the contact link provided on this page.

Group Affiliations

  • American Evaluation Association — 2016–0
  • American Society for Public Administration — 2009–0
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action — 2009–0
  • Public Management Research Association — 2009–0

Selected Publications

  • "The Enduring Role of Sector: Citizen Preferences in Mixed Markets", Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Edition 4, Volume 32, Pages 765-780, Oxford, 2022
  • "Wealth as the Path to Heaven or Hell: A Latter-day Saint Perspective on the Spirit of Conscious Capitalism", The Spirit of Conscious Capitalism, 2021
  • "Public Value Governance: A Framework", The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, Palgrave, 2021
  • "Values and Motivation: An Introduction.", The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, Palgrave, 2021
  • "Elevating public service motivation research and practice", International Public Management Journal, 2021
  • "Centralization and Decentralization: Compatible Governance Concepts and Practices.", 2020
  • "Direct Government Investment: Perverse Privatization or a New Tool of Government", Public Administration Review, 2019
  • "Sector Choice and Sector Regret", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Edition 3, Volume 48, Pages 492-512, 2019
  • "Optimism and Bias When Evaluating a Prosocial Initiative", Social Science Quarterly, 2019
  • "Nonprofit collaboration and the resurrection of market failure: How a resource sharing environment can suppress social objectives", Voluntas, 2017
  • "The blurring hypothesis reconsidered: How sector still matters to practitioners", Voluntas, Pages 1831-1852, 2016
  • "An Institutional Theory of the Nonprofit: Toll Goods and Voluntary Action", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 2016
  • "The Public Values of Political Preference", International Journal of Public Administration, 2015
  • "Sector Choice: How Fair Trade Entrepreneurs Choose Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Forms", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Pages 832-851, 2015
  • "Modeling Public Decision Preferences Using Context-Specific Value Hierarchies", American Review of Public Administration, Edition 1, Volume 45, Pages 86-105, 2014
  • "Evidence-based Innovation: Creating a Statewide Initiative", Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget, 2014
  • "Public Service Values: A new approach to the study of motivation in the public sphere", Public Administration, John Wiley, London, Arjen Boin, 2013
  • "On-site Collaboration for Organizational Effectiveness: The Shalom Community Center", Read to Lead Nonprofit Case Series, Rossi Smith Publishers, 2012
  • "Faculty research-driven vs. community-driven experiential learning in the quantitative public administration curriculum", Journal of Public Administration Education, 2012
  • "The Reformer’s Spirit: How public administrators fuel training in the skills of good governance", Public Administration Review, 2012
  • "Government Contracts With Private Organizations: Are There Differences Between Nonprofits and For-profits?", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 2012
  • "Americans Giving to Japan: Preliminary Findings in New Survey Track Americans’ Response in First Two Weeks After Disaster", PA Times, ASPA, 2011
  • "Order Beyond Crisis: Organizing Considerations across the Public Service Configuration Life Cycle", Public Administration Review, 2010
  • "Planning for Emergency Response Volunteers", Homeland Security: Best Practices for Local Government, Edition 2, ICMA Press, Washington, D.C., Roger Kemp, 2010
  • "Planning for Emergency Response Volunteers", PA Times, Volume 32, Page 6, American Society for Public Administrators, 2009
  • "The Centralization/ Decentralization Paradox in Civil Service Reform: How Government Structure Affects Democratic Training of Civil Servants", Public Administration Review, Volume 69, 2009
  • "The Social Meanings of the Third Sector: How Action and Purpose Shape Everyday Understandings of “Nonprofit”", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Sage


  • Stewart Grow Research Fellowship, Marriott School of Management, 2016
  • Teacher of the Year, MPA Student Association (MPAA), 2015
  • Research Fellow, Ballard Center, 2011
  • Teacher of the Year, MPA Student Association (MPAA), 2009

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certificate of Fund Raising Management — Center on Philanthropy — 2004

BYU Citizenship

  • Ballard Center for Social Impact — Graduate Coordinator — 2021–0
  • Faculty Advisory Council — Committee/Council Chair — 2019–2021
  • Learn Do Become Advisory Board — Committee/Council Member — January 2019–0
  • BYU GoodMeasure — Program Chair/Coordinator — September 2018–0

Professional Citizenship

  • Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division, Officer, 2021–0
  • Journal of Public Adminsitration Research and Theory, Editorial Review Board Member, January 2019–0
  • Public Administration Review, Editorial Review Board Member, 2018–0
  • Academy of Management Public/Nonprofit Division, Officer (specify in Other), August 2017–0
  • American Review of Public Administration, Editorial Review Board Member, April 2015–0
  • Utah State Division of Substance Abuse Evidence-Based Workgroup, Committee/Council Member, 2013–0
  • Utah Government Auditors Association, Guest Speaker, November 2016–November 2016
  • National Governor's Association, Guest Speaker, September 2015–September 2015
  • Salt Lake Community Network, Guest Speaker, May 2015–May 2015
  • Northern Utah Association of Government Accountants, Guest Speaker, November 2014–November 2014
  • UTAH OPS Conference, Guest Speaker, September 2014–September 2014


  • Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget — Provide consultation and training on topics related to performance measurement and program evaluation, including development of a roadmap for statewide adoption of evidence-based practice. — January 2014–December 2016
  • Utah Department of Health — Provided consultation on performance measure and program evaluation concepts generally. — December 2014–December 2014
  • National Governor's Association — Discussed statewide initiatives on evidence-based practice and potential models and opportunities for encouraging evidence-based practice in state governments. — October 2014–October 2014
  • Utah Department of Technology Services — Provided consultation on evaluation and reporting of technological security efforts provided by DTS to state government. — September 2014–September 2014