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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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City University of New York Wins Harvard’s Innovations in American Government Award

City University of New York Wins Harvard’s Innovations in American Government Award

April 21, 2020

Cambridge, MA – Today, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government announced the City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) as the winner of its 2020 Innovations in American Government Award. For over thirty years, the Innovations Award has recognized public-sector programs that make American government, at all levels, more efficient, creative, and effective...

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Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development releases research on allocation of COVID‐19 response funds

Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development releases research on allocation of COVID‐19 response funds

April 13, 2020

Cambridge,  MA  –  A  team  of  Harvard  Project  researchers  today  released  the  preliminary  results  of  its  study  of  the  impact  of  the  COVID‐19  crisis  on  the  economies  and governments  of  the  country’s  574  federally‐recognized  American  Indian  nations.  Writing  to  Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin, researchers Randall Akee, Eric Henson, Miriam Jorgensen and Joseph Kalt...

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Ash Center’s Stephen Goldsmith Releases Recommendations on Proposed COVID-19 Infrastructure Stimulus Legislation

April 6, 2020

Cambridge, MA – Today, Professor Stephen Goldsmith, the director of the Ash Center’s Innovations in Government Program and the former mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana; released a nine-part strategy memo outlining key recommendations...

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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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