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Ash Center Launches New Repository of Government Data Visualizations & Maps

April 24, 2018

Cambridge, MA - Data-Smart City Solutions, a program of Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, today launched a searchable public database comprising cutting-edge examples of public sector data use. The "Solutions Search" indexes interactive maps and visualizations, spanning civic issue areas such as transportation, public health...

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Jane Mansbridge Awarded the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

April 6, 2018

Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor in Political Leadership and Democratic Values at Harvard Kennedy School, has been named winner of the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, the Skytte Foundation announced Friday (April 6). The Skytte Foundation cited Mansbridge’s influence in enhancing “our understanding of democracy in its direct and representative forms.”... Read more about Jane Mansbridge Awarded the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

Ash Center, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and Taubman Center Name Martin O’Malley as Visiting Fellow

February 7, 2018

Cambridge, MAHarvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government have named former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley as a shared Visiting Fellow for 2018. While at the Kennedy School, O’Malley will engage with students, faculty, staff, and current elected leaders on issues relating to the challenges and opportunities of public service in state and local government.... Read more about Ash Center, Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and Taubman Center Name Martin O’Malley as Visiting Fellow

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Harvard’s Stephen Goldsmith and NYU’s Neil Kleiman Launch New Vision for Remaking City Government

January 11, 2018

Cambridge, MA. The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith and New York University Professor Neil Kleiman’s new book:

A New City O/S: The Power of Open, Collaborative, and Distributed Governance

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Ash Center Seeks Nominations for Public-Sector Programs Improving Economic and Social Mobility

Ash Center Seeks Nominations for Public-Sector Programs Improving Economic and Social Mobility

November 15, 2017

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...

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Harvard's Ash Center Launches New Project on Transparency and Technology for Better Health

September 28, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center housed at Harvard Kennedy School, announced The Project on Transparency and Technology for Better Health, a new research initiative to examine how advances in transparency and data sharing may lead to better health outcomes.

New digital platforms promise to empower patients by allowing them to produce and share their own health data and...

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With Party Conference on the Horizon, Tony Saich Wonders What Does Xi Jinping Dream About?

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Ash Center Introduces 2017-18 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 21, 2017

Cambridge, MA The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its newest cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows— six technologists from around the country committed to improving the health of American democracy. This year’s fellows have demonstrated a deep passion for using technology to strengthen our democracy through citizen engagement, social empowerment, and government transparency and accessibility.... Read more about Ash Center Introduces 2017-18 Technology and Democracy Fellows

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New Paper Explores Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services and Government

August 14, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Hila Mehr, a Technology and Democracy Fellow with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School released a white paper highlighting how government can adopt artificial intelligence (AI) to better citizen services. In her paper, Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services and Government, Mehr discusses how AI has the capacity to transform government by reducing administrative burdens, helping to resolve resource allocation problems, and taking on significantly complex tasks. ... Read more about New Paper Explores Artificial Intelligence for Citizen Services and Government

Statement from Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director

August 14, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Today, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Director Anthony Saich issued the following statement: 

"The New York Times' story Aug. 10, ‘A Missing Tycoon’s Links to China’s Troubled Dalian Wanda,’ mischaracterized my comments on China's general financial issues as a link between Dalian Wanda and Xiao Jianhua. I have no knowledge of any connection between Mr. Xiao and Wanda’s business decisions, and I was not directly asked about it by The Times. Any reporting to the contrary is incorrect."... Read more about Statement from Anthony Saich, Ash Center Director

Connecticut Green Bank Awarded Harvard's 2017 Innovations in American Government Award

Connecticut Green Bank Awarded Harvard's 2017 Innovations in American Government Award

July 12, 2017

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, today named the Connecticut Green Bank the winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award. The award, including a $100,000 grand prize to support the replication and dissemination of the initiative, will be presented at a ceremony in Hartford, Conn., later this summer. ... Read more about Connecticut Green Bank Awarded Harvard's 2017 Innovations in American Government Award

California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Awarded Top 2017 Harvard Public Engagement in Government Award

California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Awarded Top 2017 Harvard Public Engagement in Government Award

July 6, 2017

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, today announced the California Citizens Redistricting Commission as the winner of the 2017 Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government. The $100,000 grand prize to support the replication and dissemination of the initiative will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, DC, later this month.... Read more about California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission Awarded Top 2017 Harvard Public Engagement in Government Award

Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 25 Programs for Innovations in American Government Award

Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 25 Programs for Innovations in American Government Award

May 2, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition, including the seven finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 17 in Cambridge.

Selected by a team of policy experts, researchers, and practitioners, these initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, and federal governments, and address such policy issues as economic...

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Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 10 Programs for Public Engagement in Government Award

Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 10 Programs for Public Engagement in Government Award

May 2, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the Top 10 programs for the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations in Public Engagement in Government Award, including the four finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 17 in Cambridge.

Launched in 2014, the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government was initially conceived of through a joint effort of the Innovations in American Government (IAG) Awards and the Ash Center’s...

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New Ash Center Book Untangles Bureaucratic Dysfunction

April 25, 2017

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Brookings Institution Press celebrated the newest publication from Jorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Management and Faculty Director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, with a recent book talk at the Ash Center.... Read more about New Ash Center Book Untangles Bureaucratic Dysfunction

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Harvard’s Ash Center Announces New Platform for Government Efficiency

March 13, 2017

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government launched today a new platform for government efficiency highlighting operational efficiency in government, which will play a central role in the Center’s highly regarded Innovations in American Government program.

The Operational Excellence Project, supported by the ...

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New Report Charts Roadmap for Cities Working to Improve Social Outcomes Through Data-Driven Government

January 25, 2017

 

Cambridge, MA – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School released a white paper by Innovations in American Government Fellow Jane Wiseman highlighting the relatively new and evolving role of  chief data officers in cities and states across the country in working to improve social outcomes through data-driven government.

Lessons From Leading CDOs: A Framework for Better Civic...

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Harvard Ash Center Appoints Miles Rapoport, Longtime Democracy Advocate, as Senior Fellow

January 19, 2017

Cambridge, MA -- Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today announced the appointment of Miles Rapoport as its inaugural Senior Practice Fellow as part of the Center’s new Senior Practice Fellowship in American Democracy.

Rapoport, a longtime organizer, policy advocate, and elected official, brings to the Ash Center four decades of experience working to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the United States. Prior to his appointment to the Ash Center, Rapoport was most recently president of the independent grassroots...

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