The Delaware Association for Public Administration (DAPA) is a unique organization made up of Delawareans dedicated to the field of public administration and public service. We are the Delaware Chapter of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the Delaware Association for Public Administration. We are one organization with two points of entry.
You can become a member of DAPA by joining at the state or national level.
The Delaware Association for Public Administration was established in 1971 as a statewide member organization. It was, and continues to be, Delaware’s premiere professional organization for those interested in, involved with, and/or committed to promoting public service.
ASPA is a national professional organization dedicated to effectiveness in government and excellence in public service. ASPA’s mission is to be the leading public service organization that advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. Since 1939, ASPA has been the nation’s most respected society representing all forums in the public service arena. An ASPA membership includes one, no-cost chapter membership. By selecting Delaware as your chapter, you become a member of DAPA. In 1973, DAPA assumed responsibility for the Delaware Chapter of ASPA.
See a comparison of membership fees and benefits on our Membership page.
Reasons to Join DAPA
DAPA provides a strong organizational network for those concerned with public administration in Delaware.
DAPA fosters professional and social contacts at all levels of state government, educational institutions, and quasi-public and private organizations.
DAPA sponsors events to introduce new ideas and foster discussions of complex issues so that public administrators become better informed and trained.
DAPA periodically publishes the DAPA Public Service Reader, an online news vehicle that reports organizational programs and meetings, announces upcoming activities, and highlights members. The Reader also provides a forum for members to contribute their perspectives on issues facing public administrators in Delaware.