Kate  McGovern Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Kate McGovern


Kate McGovern is a Lean trainer and practitioner. With her colleagues at the New Hampshire Bureau of Education & Training (BET), Kate designed Lean training and joined in the development of a state Lean Network. She has participated in regional Lean events, both as a speaker and trainer. Kate has also taught in NH’s Certified Public Supervisor and Public Manager programs, and at Springfield College’s School of Human Services.

Subjects: Political Science


In the New England region, Kate assisted in the development of a Lean training program for the Vermont Agency of Transportation through Daniel Penn Associates, conducted Lean Yellow Belt training for the New England States’ Government Finance Officers’ Association (NESGFOA) and  served as the coordinator of New Hampshire’s Lean Black Belt program.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    In addition to her academic work with BET and Springfield College, Kate has studied public pension systems. She prepared the reports for the State of New Hampshire's HB 876 Commission to study the long-term viability of the NH Retirement System (2008) and the Decennial Retirement Commission (2018). She is the author of Challenges in Pension Governance: A Case Study of the New Hampshire Retirement System.  


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PA Times

Reopen Lean

Published: Jun 16, 2020 by PA Times
Authors: Kate McGovern
Subjects: Political Science

Public services went online during the pandemic. Lean process improvement techniques can be used to integrate the efficiency gains with traditional service delivery to assure access and quality.

Public Integrity  - Winter 2011-2012

The promise of administrative conservatorship vs. the threat of administrative evil in the mission of public service

Published: Dec 08, 2014 by Public Integrity - Winter 2011-2012
Authors: Kate McGovern

This article discusses how moral lapses by officials, combined with inflammatory rhetoric, have deepened distrust of government. It draws on the work of Larry Terry to offer an affirmative model grounded in the Constitution. Operationalizing the theory of administrative conservatorship can guard against administrative evil by providing a framework for public managers to act without regard to political pressure, popular sentiment, or personal interest.

American Journal of Economics and Sociology

Lessons from the snowy slope: Vision and politics in American social insurance

Published: Dec 20, 2012 by American Journal of Economics and Sociology
Authors: Kate McGovern

The enactment of Social Security, a fundamental departure from means‐tested welfare programs, was born out of the crisis of the Great Depression. Policy options to strengthen it are mathematically simple, but ideologically contentious. Arguments against the program, remarkably consistent since its inception, have been gaining traction. As the debate proceeds, it is useful to examine the history of opposition and review the case for universal social insurance.


Lean: A Management Trifecta for the Public Sector

By: Kate McGovern
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting, Political Science, Politics & International Relations, Psychology, Work & Organizational Psychology

Kate is a quarterly contributor to the online PA Times, a publication of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Her article, "Lean: A Management Trifecta for the Public Sector" appeared in the March 20, 2020 edition.