Dan McAvinchey

mcavinchey@sog.unc.edu

Dan McAvinchey develops web applications, maintains legacy systems, and supports both instructional tools and management systems as a member of the IT Division of the UNC School of Government.  A native of Chicago, he has been working in North Carolina in the software industry for his entire adult life, and from 1999-2012 he supported himself through the creation and development of an e-commerce web site and e-zine, Guitar Nine (guitar9.com).  In 2011, he created another web site, TeachLearnRepeat.com, which is a free, web-based eLearning and online assessment site.   In addition, he was certified in 2010 as a Project Management Professional (PMP), which augments his personal passions in the diverse areas of software development, business, music, and lifelong learning.

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Envisioned by Anita R. Brown-Graham (Professor of Public Law and Government) and launched in November 2016, the ncImpact microsite supports a new applied public policy initiative, which will help North Carolina face critical policy questions in a wide range of areas, including health, education, economic development, criminal justice, public finance, and the environment.

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Launched in October 2016 after being conceived by Kara Millonzi (Associate Professor of Public Law and Government), NC Finance Connect is an online community portal that allows local and state government professionals to exchange information related to budgeting, financial management, purchasing, taxation, community and economic development, and other finance-related topics (collectively referred to as local government finance). Users may ask and answer questions, voice concerns, share resources, advertise open positions, and get peer-to-peer support. The portal facilitates real-time conversations among local and state officials, while simultaneously capturing the information in a format that aids in future retrieval and use by others.

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Completed this seven-week course designed for city and county managers, department heads, and other city or county officials whose responsibilities require an understanding of functions beyond individual areas of specialization. Certification in County Administration was completed in April 2016.

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An upgrade to the legacy system launched in January 2016, all UNC School of Government (SOG) employees now use the enhanced Print Request System to create, monitor and edit their SOG print duplication requests. The site was developed between November and December of 2015 using Drupal 7.

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Launched in December 2015, this online research tool created by Aimee Wall (Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy) expands on the work began by former School of Government faculty member John Saxon in 2002. The tool is a database that includes over 250 legal resources, including statutes, regulations, cases, and guidance materials. For each resource identified, the database includes a citation, an external link, a brief summary, and links to other potentially relevant resources.  The online tool was developed between November 2014 and Decembet of 2015 using Drupal 7.

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Launched in August 2015 with schoolwide faculty and staff participation, the UNC School of Government's new flagship site offers a completely new user interface, allowing quicker access to courses, publications and faculty microsites, depending on the topics you are interested in, or your role in local, municipal, county or state government.

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"Trends in State Courts 2015" published by the National Center for State Courts, authored by Jessica Smith, Stefanie Panke and Daniel McAvinchey.  Traditional printed benchbooks can be cumbersome, at best, to use. North Carolina chose to create a more convenient digital benchbook that can be searched more easily and updated more readily.  About the publication: Leadership and technology are the central themes of "Trends in State Courts 2015", an annual NCSC publication dedicated to making courts aware of key trends that affect not only court operations, but also society. Articles discuss numerous aspects of court leadership, such as judges and court administrators as "productive pairs," collaboration between stakeholders inside and outside of courts, and engagement of court staff. A special section looks at topics in state of the judiciary messages and how interest in them has risen or fallen between 2010 and 2015. Court technology topics include developing an online benchbook, using online portals to help self-represented litigants, and archiving records via the "cloud."

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Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2014.  In the Internet-based information society, the website is mission critical for higher education institutions: In order to enable users to access the educational resources and services the organization tries to promote, the website plays a crucial role as its digital face. In a case study approach we describe and evaluate a series of website redesign workshops that engage faculty members and other stakeholders in a creative, reflective process. At the outset of the website redesign project, we enlisted stakeholders as co-designers who helped us to formulate an organizational strategy, reach the audience effectively and design user-friendly interfaces. Our experiences indicate that the process triggered insightful and open discussions, unlocked new perspectives, allowed diverse participation with equal standing, and fostered learning of key concepts of content management systems.

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Launched in November 2014, the UNC School of Government's Indigent Defense Manual Series, edited by John Rubin (Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government), is a web-based collection of reference manuals addressing law and practice in areas in which indigent defendants and respondents are entitled to representation of counsel at state expense. The site was developed between January-February and October-November of 2014 using Drupal 7.

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Launched in May 2014, the UNC School of Government's Legislative Reporting Service 2.0 (LRS) web site is a complete rewrite of the last year's site, with over 20 user enhancements, a responsive design and an upgraded search tool. A project originally pearheaded by the UNC School of Government's Aimee Wall (Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy and Christine Wunsch, the site was developed between February and April of 2014 using Drupal 7. LRS is a paid subscription service, offering a number of ways for legislators, aides, attorneys, local government officials, non-profit advocacy groups, lobbyists and even citizens to track bills as they are debated in the NC House and Senate chambers.

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Launched in May 2014, the UNC School of Government's Hunger Research web site showcases the work of Maureen M. Berner (Professor of Public Administration and Government) and the photography of Donn Young to help site visitors understand food insecurity in their community.  Regarding content, it comprises a variety of Berner’s and colleagues’ work (research, advising, photo documentation) on the topic of hunger. Though Berner's data is specific to North Carolina, the research caters to a national audience which will be reflected in the website design.  The site was developed between February and April of 2014 using Drupal 7.

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Launched in September 2013, the UNC Environmental Finance Center's (located at the School of Government) new web site replaced an aging HTML based site with a CMS solution, making access to EFC tools, publications, and other resources quick and easy. Other features include automatic geo-mapping of recent EFC events, news, Twitter feed, job listings, and detailed staff and partner pages. The site was developed between January and March of 2013 using Drupal 7.

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Launched in October 2013, the UNC School of Government's NC Superior Court Judge's Benchbook is a web-based resource site edited by Jessica Smith (W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government) supporting judges' daily, just-in-time decision-making in a high-stakes setting - the courtroom.  The site was developed between July and August of 2013 using Drupal 7.

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Launched in July 2013, the UNC School of Government's Events Calendar is a web-based system to view scheduled events, as well as reserve room space, A/V equipment and related items. Also featured is an administrative back-end with comprehensive reporting and event management. The site was developed between April and June of 2013 using Drupal 7.

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Launched in May 2013, and operational through December 2016, the UNC School of Government Information Technology web site leverages a CMS to support the information technology needs of the School and our faculty, collaborating to identify ways to extend the mission of the School. The site features a comprehensive, searchable and keyword-loaded FAQ, a tech blog, active and completed project list, alerts and more. The site was developed between February and April of 2013 using Drupal 7.

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The UNC School of Government's Legislative Reporting System (LRS) web site was launched in January 2013, originally driven by the vision of UNC School of Government's Aimee Wall (Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy) and Christine Wunsch.  LRS is a paid subscription service, offering a number of ways for legislators, aides, attorneys, local government officials, non-profit advocacy groups, lobbyists and even citizens to track bills as they are debated in the NC House and Senate chambers. The site was developed between September and December of 2012 using Drupal 6.

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