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Research Principles & Projects

By studying how nonprofits and public organizations collaborate, engage with communities, and thrive during crises we can discover system-based solutions that perpetuate socially equitable outcomes.

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Nonprofit Resilience

Drs. Kimberly Wiley
& Elizabeth Searing

Nonprofit organizations experience many types of crises. This line of research studies how nonprofits thrive during hard times.

​Select Academic Publications:

  • Searing, E.A.M., Wiley, K.K., Young, S.L. (2023). Resiliency tactics during financial crises. In L. Dicke & S. Ott. (Ed.), Understanding Nonprofit Organizations. DOI: 10.4324/9781003387800-34

  • Lim, S. & Young, S. (2023). Why the network coordinator matters: The importance of learning, innovation, and governance structures in coproduction networks. Journal of Civil Society. https://doi.org/10.1080/17448689.2023.2206157 

  • Wiley, K., Searing, E., & Young, S. (2022). Haunted by nonprofits: Themed teaching cases for Halloween and Diás de los Muertos. Journal of Public Affairs Education. Available online first. https://doi.org/10.1080/15236803.2022.2119643

  • Young, S. L., & Tanner, J. (2022). Citizen participation matters. Bureaucratic discretion matters more. Public Administration. Available online first. https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12867

  • Stull, J., Young, S.L., Searing, E., & Wiley, K. (2022). The public administration-politics dichotomy. In K. Schedler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Public Management. 

  • Searing, E., Wiley, K., & Young, S.L. (2021). Resiliency Tactics during Financial Crisis: The Nonprofit Resiliency Framework. Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Available online first. https://doi.org/10.1002/nml.21478

  • Young, S.L. & Berlan, D. (2021). We are not all the same: What motivates individuals to be members of professional associations varies by sector. Voluntary Sector Review. Available online first. https://doi.org/10.1332/204080521X16125404492343***

  • Young S.L. & Wiley K.K. (2021) Erased: Why faculty sexual misconduct is prevalent and how we could prevent it, Journal of Public Affairs Education, DOI: 10.1080/15236803.2021.1877983 ***


  • Young, S.L., Searing, E., &Wiley, K. (2020). Squandered in real-time: How public management theory underestimated the public administration-politics dichotomy. The American Review of Public Administration. 50(6-7), 480-488. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0275074020941669 ***


  • Wiley, K., Searing, E., & Young, S. (2020). The utility of the advocacy coalition framework in a regional budget crisis.  Public Policy & Administration. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0952076720905007 ***


  • Young, S., Wiley, K., & Searing, E., (2019). When politics and public administration collide: The impact on human service delivery. Illinois Municipal Policy Journal. 4(1) p. 104-120. https://las.depaul.edu/centers-and-institutes/chaddick-institute-for-metropolitan-development/research-and-publications/Documents/IMPJ_102-120_When_Politics_and_Public_Administration_Collide_copy.pdf ***


  • Young, S.L. (2018). Political skill of volunteer board members in the nonprofit milieu: A resource dependency perspective. International Journal of Volunteer Administration. 33(3) p. 28-52. https://volunteeralive.org/docs/IJOVA_Vol_XXIII_No._3_Dec_2018.pdf ***


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