Patrick McCreesh & Victoria Grady Crunch the Numbers to See if Washington Can Change at ACMP2016

Attachment Theory and Big Data don’t obviously go together, but after meeting at the 2014 Change Conference, Patrick McCreesh and Victoria Grady decided to see if they couldn’t combine the two and help answer an interesting question: Can Washington Change? 2016 is an election year, so presidential hopefuls have been traipsing about the nation promising change. However, rather than taking them at their word, Patrick and Victoria have been looking at surveys conducted over the last 15 years aimed at ascertaining what the two million federal employees who took these surveys  thought about Washington’s ability to change. Attachment theory helped the duo identify which things (called “transitional objects”) helped federal employees deal effectively with change or how the lack these transitional objects might have impeded change.

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