Cambridge, MA — The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced today a major restructuring to its flagship award program, the Innovations in American Government Awards. For more than thirty years, the Innovations Award has sought to recognize public-sector programs that make American government more efficient, more creative, and more effective at addressing social problems and providing services to the public. The changes to the Awards program are designed to better meet these goals by seeking applicants focused on a single, intractable problem in American society today. With a new, streamlined application and evaluation process, the Awards will now be offered annually. The 2017-2018 cycle seeks initiatives focused on improving economic and social mobility.
The Innovations in American Government Awards are heralded as the premier public-sector honors in the nation and are given to programs that serve as examples of creative and effective government at its best. The $50,000 top prize is open to programs at all levels of government—federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial—from within the United States. Finalists will also receive monetary grants.
Applicants will be judged on the Innovations in American Government Awards’ criteria of novelty, effectiveness, significance, and transferability, as well as the applicants’ impact on issues of economic and social mobility, inequity, and stratification. The Ash Center will utilize resources and expertise from across the Harvard University community, as well as preeminent authorities in the field, to select the top finalists and ultimate winner of the Innovations in American Government Award.
The Ash Center will also continue to seek promising innovations for recognition through its Bright Ideas initiative. Programs chosen for this recognition will receive an article on the Center’s Government Innovators Network, a certificate and seal of recognition, and press attention. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, with recognized programs to be announced each spring and fall.
The nomination form and additional information are available on the Innovations in American Government Award website.
Nominations for the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award are due Friday, January 12, 2018.
About the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education and public discussion. Three major programs support our mission: the Program on Democratic Governance; the Innovations in Government Program; and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia. For more information, visit ash.harvard.edu.
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Associate Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Ash Center