Katrina  Miller-Stevens Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Katrina Miller-Stevens

Assistant Professor
Colorado College

I am an Assistant Professor at Colorado College in the Department of Economics and Business. Prior to Colorado College, I taught for six years in the School of Public Service at Old Dominion University. Before that, I worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years as a budget coordinator, grants manager, and program evaluator. I am a proud AmeriCorps alumna. My research interests bridge the nonprofit, public, and private sectors focusing on individual employee values, lobbying, and collaboration.

Biography

I am currently an Assistant Professor at Colorado College in the Department of Economics and Business.

I earned my undergraduate Liberal Arts degree in History from Colorado State University in 1999.  My graduate studies include a Master of Nonprofit Management degree from Regis University in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010. Prior to joining Colorado College, I taught for six years in the School of Public Service at Old Dominion University in Virginia.  Before that, I worked in the nonprofit sector for ten years as a budget coordinator, grants manager, and program evaluator.  I am also a proud AmeriCorps alumna.

My research interests bridge the nonprofit, public, and private sectors with particular focus on individual employee values, lobbying, and collaboration.  In this effort, I explore the similarities and differences of employee values of individuals working in for-profit social enterprises, local government, and nonprofit organizations.  I also examine the impacts of government regulations on nonprofit lobbying expenditures and board governance practices. In the area of collaboration, I develop new typologies and frameworks that explain how the public, nonprofit, and private sectors work together to address social and environmental issues.  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My research interests bridge the nonprofit, public, and private sectors with particular focus on individual employee values, lobbying, and collaboration.  In this effort, I explore the similarities and differences of employee values of individuals working in for-profit social enterprises, local government, and nonprofit organizations.  I also examine the impacts of government regulations on nonprofit lobbying expenditures and board governance practices. In the area of collaboration, I develop new typologies and frameworks that explain how the public, nonprofit, and private sectors work together to address social and environmental issues.  

Personal Interests

    I live outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado with my husband Craig, two children, and my Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Lester.  In my free time I am in the mountains, no matter what time of year.  My passions are my family and living a healthy lifestyle.

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Books

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Articles

VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

Assessing value differences between leaders of two social venture types


Published: Jan 01, 2018 by VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Authors: Miller-Stevens, K., Taylor, J.A., Morris, J.C., & Lanivich, S.

This study considers key value differences between leaders of two types of social ventures: for-profit social benefit corporations and nonprofit organizations. The research question asks to what degree the value sets of leaders of benefit corporations are congruent with those of similarly situated individuals in nonprofit organizations.

Armed Forces & Society

Assessing partnerships between the military and civilian agencies


Published: Jan 01, 2016 by Armed Forces & Society
Authors: Neill-Harris, K., Resnick, S., Wilson-John, W., Miller-Stevens, K, Vandecar-Burdin, T., & Morris, J.C.

This study examines partnerships between the military and local communities by exploring communication channels of the U.S. military and civilian agencies that provide services to transitioning military members.

First Monday (Communication Journal)

A new model to explore nonprofit social media use for advocacy


Published: Jan 01, 2015 by First Monday (Communication Journal)
Authors: Chapman, D.C., Miller-Stevens, K., Morris, J.C., & O’Hallarn, B.

Non-profit organizations are actively using social media platforms as a way to deliver information to end users, yet little is known of the internal processes these organizations follow to implement this tool. We present a case study of one non-profit organization, Blue Star Families, Inc., that is actively engaged in advocacy and civic engagement.

International Journal of Public Administration

Collaboration processes and institutional structure: Reexamining the black box.


Published: Jan 01, 2015 by International Journal of Public Administration
Authors: Diaz-Kope, L., Miller-Stevens, K., & Morris, J.C.

Building on previous models of collaboration processes, this article expands and revises the antecedent-process-outcome framework used to explain collaboration. The article discusses why this framework needs to be expanded to include the element of institutional structure.

Public Works Management & Policy

Rethinking a typology of watershed partnerships: A governance perspective.


Published: Jan 01, 2015 by Public Works Management & Policy
Authors: Diaz-Kope, L., & Miller-Stevens, K.

This article explores watershed management partnerships and suggests a new typology of collaboration built on the variable of governance. The typology categorizes three types of watershed partnerships as interagency governance, cross-sector governance, and grassroots governance.

VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

Are we really on the same page? An empirical examination of value congruence


Published: Jan 01, 2015 by VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Authors: Miller-Stevens, K., Taylor, J.A., & Morris, J.C.

This paper reports on the results of an empirical survey of public and nonprofit managers that compares their individual democratic, ethical, and professional values. In brief, the results lend strong support to the assumption that nonprofit employees share the same value set as their public sector counterparts; but their value sets do have statistically significant differences in the perceived level of importance of altruism, generosity, and individualism.

Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership

Public service motivation theory in a nonprofit context: An exploratory study


Published: Jan 01, 2014 by Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership
Authors: Miller-Stevens, K., Ward, K., & Neill, K.

This exploratory study examines examines the utility of using public service motivation to explain individual motivations to participate on nonprofit boards of directors. High-ranking members of nonprofit organizations and boards of directors were convened in a roundtable discussion to explore the motives of their board members.

 Politics & Policy,

A shift in federal policy regulating the automobile industry


Published: Jan 01, 2013 by Politics & Policy,
Authors: Diaz-Kope, L., Lombard, J.R., & Miller-Stevens, K.

Using a single case study, this article expands the application of the Advocacy Coalition Framework to the complex policy subsystem of the U.S. automobile industry during the 2009 auto bailout and subsequent bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler.

Nonprofit Policy Forum

Lobbying in the virtual world: Perceptions in the nonprofit sector


Published: Jan 01, 2013 by Nonprofit Policy Forum
Authors: Miller-Stevens, K. & Gable, M.

Through a survey and interviews of leaders and staff members in state nonprofit associations that are members of the National Council of Nonprofits, this study examines the use and perceived effectiveness of nonprofit electronic lobbying activities and the communication channels employed for this purpose, in addition to exploring social crises and technological barriers potentially limiting nonprofit adoption of these activities.

Journal for Nonprofit Management

Antecedents to nonprofit advocacy


Published: Jan 01, 2012 by Journal for Nonprofit Management
Authors: Miller-Stevens, K. & Gable, M.

Nonprofit advocacy is a common reality in today’s policy arena, but there is limited research on the antecedents to nonprofit advocacy activities. This study examines the impacts of two crucial facets of nonprofit organizations on advocacy: processes of governance, such as board activity; and organizational structure, such as staff and budget size, age, and membership.

Journal of Public Affairs Education

A case study of measuring outcomes in an MPA program


Published: Jan 01, 2009 by Journal of Public Affairs Education
Authors: Fitzpatrick, J.L. & Miller-Stevens, K.

This paper describes the development and implementation of a method for assessing student learning outcomes in the MPA program at the University of Colorado Denver. The multi-method approach makes us of rubrics to examine whether students demonstrate the desired knowledge and skill, and student surveys to describe students' perceptions of their abilities in the same areas.