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Best Practices for the Governance of Digital Public Goods

Digital Public Goods could transform digital government services, but need frameworks for implementation says report

April 25, 2022

Cambridge, MA – For most countries, “digital government” is becoming simply “government.”As a result, an ever-increasing number of systems and processes critical to the operation of government—the core infrastructure of a state—are being digitized.... Read more about Digital Public Goods could transform digital government services, but need frameworks for implementation says report

New Harvard Project Research Examines ARPA Distributions to Tribal Nations, Finds Funding to be “Grossly Inequitable”

New Harvard Project Research Examines ARPA Distributions to Tribal Nations, Finds Funding to be “Grossly Inequitable”

November 3, 2021

Cambridge, MA – In a new policy analysis published today by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard Project), researchers found that funding provided to tribal governments as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 was “grossly inequitable... Read more about New Harvard Project Research Examines ARPA Distributions to Tribal Nations, Finds Funding to be “Grossly Inequitable”

Ash Researchers Lay Out Case for Increased Investments in Intelligent Civil Infrastructure

Ash Researchers Lay Out Case for Increased Investments in Intelligent Civil Infrastructure

August 18, 2021

Cambridge, MA – In a new paper published by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center housed at Harvard Kennedy School, Professor Stephen Goldsmith and his co-authors Betsy Gardner and Jill Jamieson argue that intelligent infrastructure should be a priority... Read more about Ash Researchers Lay Out Case for Increased Investments in Intelligent Civil Infrastructure

6 Programs to Advance in 2021 Honoring Nations Award cycle

6 Programs to Advance in 2021 Honoring Nations Award cycle

June 7, 2021

Cambridge, MA—The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development's Honoring Nations program announced today that six tribal programs will advance to the site visit round for the 2021 Honoring Nations Award. From 67 applicants, these six tribal governance programs have been chosen as contenders for the prestigious Honoring Nations Award that identifies, celebrates, and shares exemplary programs in tribal governance. Honoring Nations recognizes...

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Harvard Project Video featuring Tohono O’odham Nation Receives Best-of-the-Internet Award

Harvard Project Video featuring Tohono O’odham Nation Receives Best-of-the-Internet Award

May 19, 2021

Cambridge, MA—The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard Project) today announced that its video “Tribal schools embrace distance learning” won the 2021 Webby Award for best “Long Form” film. The Webby Awards, presented annually by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international award program honoring excellence on the Internet.

The award-winning video features the story of how the Tohono O’odham Nation outside of Tucson, AZ was able to leverage remote learning tools developed...

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New Research Recommends Allocation & Administration of ARPA Funding for Tribal Governments

New Research Recommends Allocation & Administration of ARPA Funding for Tribal Governments

April 9, 2021

Cambridge, MA – Today, a team of researchers from Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Arizona released a policy brief with recommendations for the allocation and administration of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding for American Indian tribal governments.

The American Rescue Plan Act provides the largest infusion of federal funding for Indian Country in the history of the United States. More than $32 billion dollars is directed toward assisting American Indian nations and communities as they work to end and recover from the devastating COVID-...

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What’s the Value of Being a State Capital?

February 10, 2021

Cambridge, MA — In a new study released today by Harvard Kennedy School, Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, and a team of researchers published a detailed examination of the costs and benefits that accrue to capital cities that come from hosting state government. Specifically, the study, launched at the request of Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora, examined the unique costs incurred by the City of Trenton and the overall economic value...

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New international project launched to bring digital era skills to public servants

New international project launched to bring digital era skills to public servants

July 31, 2020

Cambridge – MA, Teaching Public Service in the Digital Age (@TPSDigitalAge) is a new, international community of professors, teachers and practitioners who are worried about the modern skills shortfall inside of too many governments. Launched with the assistance of HKS Lecturer in Public Policy and...

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New Research in Series Assisting Tribal Nations Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

New Research in Series Assisting Tribal Nations Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

July 24, 2020

Cambridge, MA – A team of researchers from Harvard University and the University of Arizona today released two policy briefs in their research series aimed at assisting tribal nations navigate the COVID-19 crisis, strengthen their governments, and emerge stronger than before.  

 

Policy Brief No. 4 

Emerging Stronger than Before:...

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New report by Voting Rights Advocates, Practitioners, and Scholars Details Need for Universal Civic Duty Voting

July 20, 2020

Washington DC -- In a new report released today, a diverse group of 25 experts in U.S. politics, elections, and civil rights make the case for universal civic duty voting—that is, mandatory participation in elections—in the United States. “...

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Ash Center Announces 2020-2021 Technology and Democracy Fellows

Ash Center Announces 2020-2021 Technology and Democracy Fellows

July 15, 2020

Cambridge, MA —The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of its newest cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows— seven emerging leaders committed to using technology and digital tools to help strengthen our democratic institutions through citizen engagement, social empowerment, and government transparency and accessibility.

The Center’s newest cohort of...

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Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Fourth Class of Mayors

Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Fourth Class of Mayors

July 9, 2020

New York, NY—The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative today announced its fourth class of mayors. Forty mayors from across the U.S. were selected to participate in the program, designed to equip mayors with the leadership and management tools to tackle complex challenges in their cities and improve the quality of life of their citizens. With mayors playing a central role in driving social and economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s program will focus...

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New Paper Provides Recommendations for Cities Facing Fiscal Uncertainties Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

June 18, 2020

Cambridge, MA — Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at Harvard Kennedy School, released “Fiscal Strategies to Help Cities Recover—And Prosper,” a new paper by Stephen Goldsmith and Charles “Skip” Stitt offering strategies to strengthen the efficiency and mandates of existing government offices while providing...

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