Innovations in American Government Finalist Presentations


Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


JFK Jr. Forum, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

Innovations sealGood Government. Good Ideas.

Six reasons why these words go together.

Representatives from the government finalists in competition for the Innovations in American Government Award will present their initiatives before the National Selection Committee at the JFK Jr. Forum on Wednesday, November 16 from 12-2 p.m. These six government initiatives demonstrate creative problem solving to some of our nation’s most pressing issues ranging from education, economic development, and poverty to civic services and healthcare. The winner of the competition will be announced in early 2012.

The Innovations in American Government Awards was created by the Ford Foundation in 1985 in response to widespread pessimism and distrust in government’s effectiveness. Since its inception, nearly 500 government innovations across all jurisdiction levels have been recognized and have collectively received more than $20 million in grants to support dissemination efforts. Such models of good governance also inform research and academic study around key policy areas both at Harvard Kennedy School and academic institutions worldwide. Past Innovations winners have served as the basis of case studies taught in more than 450 Harvard courses and over 2,250 courses worldwide.