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To address this concern, Harvard University and Harvard Kennedy School have adopted a set of disclosure and conflict of interest policies. The policies aim to balance the value of involvement with the real world actors we seek to understand, the legitimate desire of the public for transparency, and the autonomy and privacy interests of individual faculty members. A simple summary of our goal is "transparent engagement." This website is one of many tools available to our faculty for the purpose of public disclosure.
Outside Professional Activities For Ronald Ferguson
Ron Ferguson participates in a variety of public policy advising and consulting activities. He is a founding equity partner of Tripod Education Partners, Inc, which provides student and teacher surveys and related services to school districts in the U.S. and abroad. Tripod Education Partners is now home to the Tripod Project for School Improvement, which has been delivered in collaboration with Cambridge Education of Westwood MA since 2007. Professor Ferguson is a co-owner (along with Freshpond Education, Inc.) of the intellectual property of the Tripod Project surveys developed over the past decade through work with school districts. Freshpond Education and Professor Ferguson have a licensing agreement with Cambridge Education, Inc., a 3rd party distributor, which delivers the surveys, reports and related services to school districts. Compensated consulting engagements in 2013 and 2014 have included: American Entertainment International, Allston, MA; Art Education Foundation; Board of Education St. Louis, MO; Cherry Creek School District, CO; Childrens Defense Fund; NEXTED California; American Education Research Association; Johns Hopkins University; University of Chicago; American Federation of Teachers; City of Taunton, MA; Doug & Maria Devos Foundation; Great Expectations; Houston ISD; ICF Consultig Fairfax, VA; Michigan State University; Howard University; Minnesota MGT & Budget; Monclair Board of Education; Cambridge Education/Mott MacDonald; NY State Office of Comptroller; Parents for Public Schools in Houston; Sheppard Pratt Health System; StorycorpsU; Vanderbilt University; and Washington State School Director's Association.