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Finalists for Preeminent Award in Public-Sector Innovation Announced

Finalists for Preeminent Award in Public-Sector Innovation Announced

March 5, 2020

Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government announced four finalists from across the country for its 2020 Innovations in American Government Award. Honorees include the City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, the City of Philadelphia’s BenePhilly program, the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement...

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New Research Details Need for Cities to Put Citizens Front and Center on Ride-sharing Policies

February 19, 2020
Cambridge, MA — Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at Harvard Kennedy School, released two new reports highlighting transformative changes affecting mobility in cities around the world. The papers, part of the Center’s Mobility in the Connected City project, aim to help researchers and policymakers navigate the...
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Ash Center Among Best Think Tanks

February 18, 2020

Four Harvard Kennedy School research centers have been ranked among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world, with the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs earning a special award for sustained excellence. The recognition comes from the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, which has ranked think tanks globally for more than a decade.

Along with the Belfer Center, the annual “Global Go To Think Tank Report” for 2019 cites the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Center for International Development, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.... Read more about Ash Center Among Best Think Tanks

New Ash Center Report Offers a Road Map for Building Technology Expertise in Congress

New Ash Center Report Offers a Road Map for Building Technology Expertise in Congress

January 30, 2020

Cambridge, MA — Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at Harvard Kennedy School, released “Science, Technology, and Democracy: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office,” a new paper by Zach Graves and Daniel Schuman offering recommendations and a road map for resurrecting a technology assessment capability in Congress.... Read more about New Ash Center Report Offers a Road Map for Building Technology Expertise in Congress

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Harvard Project and Native Nations Institute Release the Next Nation Building Toolbox Featuring Tribal Justice Systems

August 22, 2019

Cambridge, MA and Tucson, AZ—The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard Project) and the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at University of Arizona are pleased to announce the release of a ground-breaking Nation Building Toolbox dedicated to tribal courts and justice systems. The...

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Harvard Votes Challenge Awarded Grant to Increase Voter Participation Across University

August 15, 2019
Cambridge, MA —Harvard University President’s Administrative Innovation Fund awards grant to support the expansion of the Harvard Votes Challenge, a nonpartisan, university-wide effort to encourage voter participation led by the Institute of Politics and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Ash Center Announces 2019-2020 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 14, 2019

Cambridge, MA —The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) 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,...

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Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development Joins the Ash Center

July 23, 2019
Cambridge, MA —Today, the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (HPAIED or the Harvard Project) announced that it is joining the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at Harvard Kennedy School focused in part on researching and disseminating innovative public policy solutions.
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Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Third Class of Mayors to Go Back to School

July 15, 2019

New York, NY The Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative today announced the third class of forty-one mayors from around the world who will participate in the yearlong education and professional development program designed exclusively for mayors and city leaders. The forty-one mayors joined Harvard faculty and renowned management experts in New York City this week for a 3-day, immersive classroom experience to kick-off the program.... Read more about Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative Announces Third Class of Mayors to Go Back to School

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Harvard Ash Center Case Study Finds Companies’ Voter Engagement Initiatives are Effective, No Matter the Scale

June 26, 2019

Washington, D.C.—Today, Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation released a new study titled, "Civic Responsibility: The Power of Companies to Increase Voter Turnout.​" Study coauthors Sofia Gross and Ashley Spillane examined the 2018 midterm voter participation initiatives of eight companies and found that the companies’ civic engagement strategies not only helped get voters to the polls, but created additional business value.... Read more about Harvard Ash Center Case Study Finds Companies’ Voter Engagement Initiatives are Effective, No Matter the Scale

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Announcing Act II Speaker Series in Conjunction with World Premiere Musical We Live in Cairo

May 2, 2019

Cambridge, MA—American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, in collaboration with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, announces they will co-present a series of post-show discussions with leading artists, journalists, and scholars in conjunction with A.R.T.’s production of We Live in Cairo on topics inspired by the show. Written by brothers Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour, We Live in Cairo is inspired by the young Egyptians who took to the streets in 2011 to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak.... Read more about Announcing Act II Speaker Series in Conjunction with World Premiere Musical We Live in Cairo

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Top Public-Sector Innovation Award Seeks Programs Creating Economic Opportunity for All

April 30, 2019

Cambridge, MA — The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School today announced its call for nominations for the 2019 Innovations in American Government Award. This year the Innovations in American Government Awards Program is specifically seeking nominees focused on creating economic opportunity for all.

In order to be eligible to apply, programs must be designed to achieve at least...

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HKS Ash Center and Case Program Launch First Cases in Legislative Negotiation

April 17, 2019

Cambridge, MA—Today, the Ash Center and SLATE’s Case Program at Harvard Kennedy School announced the release of a groundbreaking package of cases, simulations, and exercises for teaching effective legislative negotiation aimed at U.S. state and federal legislators. These materials were developed as part of the Center’s Project on Legislative Negotiation with support provided by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Madison Initiative.... Read more about HKS Ash Center and Case Program Launch First Cases in Legislative Negotiation

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Ash Paper Proposes New Model for Rideshare Regulation in Cities

January 17, 2019

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today published a report by Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government at Harvard Kennedy School, on reforming ridesharing regulations in urban areas. In his paper, Reforming Mobility Management: Rethinking the Regulatory Framework, Goldsmith, who also serves as the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Ash Center, calls on cities to adopt a “light touch”...

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Rhode Island’s Works Wonders Program Awarded Harvard’s 2018 Innovations In American Government Award

December 12, 2018
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 Works Wonders, a job training and placement initiative in Rhode Island aimed at youth who have aged out of—or are about to age out of—state care, as the winner of the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award. The award will be presented to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo at a ceremony...
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Harvard Kennedy School Meets 90% Student Participation Goal in Harvard Votes Challenge

October 24, 2018

Cambridge, MA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced today that over 90 percent of all eligible Harvard Kennedy School students have committed to registering to vote as part of the Harvard Votes Challenge, a university-wide campaign to build a stronger culture of voting among Harvard students.

The Ash Center, which helped coordinate the Kennedy School’s participation in the Harvard Votes Challenge, worked with teams of students across the...

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Ash Center Introduces 2018-19 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 1, 2018
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 technology and digital leaders 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...
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