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Ash Center launches 2016 call for applications for Innovations in American Government Awards

Ash Center launches 2016 call for applications for Innovations in American Government Awards

January 15, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today kicked off the application process for its prestigious Innovations in American Government Award.  For the second straight year, the Ash Center is also funding a second innovation award, the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, to better highlight the work of public engagement and participation programs, policies, and initiatives from around the country.

Chieppo Report Calls for Additional Reforms to Stave off Fiscal Crisis at MBTA

December 17, 2015

Cambridge, MA --  In the wake of last winter’s severe service disruptions and the ongoing debate over cost overruns associated with the Green Line extension, Charles Chieppo, a senior fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today released a report outlining a number of reforms intended to put the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) fiscal house in order.

Salem, Winthrop join partnership with Ash Center’s Innovation Field Lab

December 14, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- the cities of Salem and Winthrop, Massachusetts today signed agreements with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation to formally collaborate with the Center’s Innovation Field Lab.

“Today’s announcement will strengthen and expand the Kennedy School’s efforts to help Massachusetts cities develop innovative solutions to tough social problems,” said Jorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Academic Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center.

Ash Center Announces Winners of #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

October 9, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School focused on the intersection of government and technology, today announced the winners of its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge.  Over 350 people attended #Tech4Democracy, a HUBweek event, and voted for 28 different teams competing to take home a $5,000 People's Choice prize.

San Francisco, New York Named Winners of Harvard's 2015 Innovation in American Government Award

September 17, 2015

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced today the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Five Keys Charter School as the winner of the 2015 Innovation in American Government Award. Participatory Budgeting in New York City from the New York City Council’s office was also announced the winner of the Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government.

New Fulbright University Vietnam to Build Upon Collaborative Effort between HKS’ Vietnam Program and the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City

August 14, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today hailed the government of Vietnam’s decision to formally provide a license for the establishment of Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV).  The license, which was presented to the Board of the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam by Nguyễn Phú Trọng, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam during his groundbreaking visit to the United States last month, marks a critical milestone in the creation of FUV.  The new university will be built on the foundation of the …

Harvard Ash Center Announces Call for Applications for #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

August 13, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- As part of Hubweek, a collaboration between Harvard University, MIT, the Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today, announced a call for applications for its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge to be held on Friday, October 9th at 5pm at the John F Kennedy Jr Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Harvard Ash Center Announces Winners of #Hack4Congress SF

Harvard Ash Center Announces Winners of #Hack4Congress SF

March 23, 2015

San Francisco, Ca.The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced the winners of #Hack4Congress SF, a competition to create common-sense solutions to make the U.S. Congress more efficient, effective and accountable to citizens. The event, held over March 21 and 22 at Code for America in San Francisco, drew nearly 100 students, software developers, academics, and everyday Americans from across the country, leading to nine innovative proposals to tackle five major threats to the future of democracy in America.

Harvard's Ash Center Announces 124 Bright Ideas in Government

Harvard's Ash Center Announces 124 Bright Ideas in Government

February 18, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today 124 innovative government programs as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort includes programs from all levels of government – school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships

Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

February 3, 2015

13 Teams Competed in “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

Cambridge, Mass.  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and The OpenGov Foundation today announced the winners of last weekend’s #Hack4Congress competition to create common-sense solutions that would make the U.S. Congress more efficient, effective and accountable to citizens. The two-day event drew over 150 students, software developers, academics and everyday Americans

New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

February 1, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. – A Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Faculty Research Working Paper examining the politicization of the American judiciary finds that the higher the court, the more conservative and polarized it becomes. The paper’s authors, HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Maya Sen and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Political Science Adam Bonica, employed an original set of data largely derived from campaign contributions

Ash Center, OpenGov Foundation Launch #Hack4Congress, A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

Ash Center, OpenGov Foundation Launch #Hack4Congress, A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

December 9, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and the OpenGov Foundation today kicked off registration for its January 30-Feb 1, 2015 “not-just-for-technologists” hackathon – #Hack4Congress.

Though the founders envisioned Congress as the linchpin of democracy in the United States

New Ash Center Book Examines the Potential of “PerformanceStat” to help public executives produce real results

New Ash Center Book Examines the Potential of “PerformanceStat” to help public executives produce real results

October 22, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Robert Behn’s latest book:

The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results

Two decades ago, the New York City Police Department created CompStat.

Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

September 2, 2014

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance provides a compelling model for the future of more effective local government; part of the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center’s Data-Smart City Solutions initiative.

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announces today the publication of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance (Jossey-Bass; September 2, 2014).