DOMAINS OF PRACTICE OVERVIEW
To engage leading practitioners and enhance the contribution of new scholarship to their work, the Hauser Center will focus its resources in a few, carefully chosen domains. A domain, in this sense, is a collection of nonprofits and NGOs united by field (e.g, arts institutions) or by geography (e.g., nonprofits in China). The boundaries of these domains are fluid, but the leaders of the major institutions within a domain recognize that they share a common set of challenges: challenges to which our research might—if properly presented—suggest some solutions. Over the next 18 months, we will dedicate staff to five domains:
(1) arts, culture, and media institutions
(2) nonprofits in China
(3) international humanitarian organizations
(4) nonprofits advancing justice and human rights
(5) private philanthropic institutions
We have chosen these from among the dozens of possible domains not only because of the significant challenges they face in their respective fields but also because each can draw from the start on specific work already undertaken at the Center, and each provides at least one opportunity for a substantial new collaboration between the Center and another research program elsewhere at Harvard University. The Hauser Center will recruit leaders in each domain as formal affiliates, enhancing our abilities to get new research into the hands of these institutional leaders and to solicit their views on the topics most needing scholarly attention.
Christine Letts, Jack McCarthy, and Mark Moore
at the Hauser Center annual meeting.