Democratic Governance

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 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 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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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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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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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

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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 connect...

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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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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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Ash Center Announces 2016-17 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA— The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its new cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows—technologists committed to improving the health of American Democracy. This year’s Fellows are especially passionate about building the capacity and new tools needed by civic activists, community organizers, local government officials, and journalists who are so critical to making democracy work.

Under the direction of Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and...

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Ash Democracy and Technology Fellow Tiana Epps-Johnson Launches Digital Toolkit for Election Officials

June 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA --  Tiana Epps-Johnson, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today launched the Election Toolkit for local officials administering elections across the United States.

The Election Toolkit, developed in part during Epps-Johnson's tenure as a fellow at the...

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Ash Fellow Launches New Campaign Finance Data Tool

May 23, 2016

Cambridge MA -- Solomon Kahn, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today launched Explore Campaign Finance, a new free and publicly accessible web platform housing decades worth of campaign finance data.

Explore Campaign Finance is an open source tool, which compiles the last 25 years of campaign finance data and puts it online in a new user friendly format. Kahn’s tool, developed in part during his Ash fellowship, allows the public to...

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Ash Center Establishes Technology and Democracy Fellowship

February 22, 2016

Cambridge, MA— The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the establishment of the Technology and Democracy Fellowship.  Designed to build connections between the Kennedy School and the worlds of technology, policy, and government, the fellowship supports practitioners and students in developing their skills and understanding of major concepts related to technology and governance.

Technology and Democracy Fellows will design and lead a series of hands-on workshops for Harvard Kennedy School students on a broad...

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Peter Quilter, Senior Latin America Policy Expert Joins Harvard Ash Center

February 8, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of longtime Latin America policy expert Peter Quilter as senior non-residential fellow. 

Quilter, who most recently served as the secretary for administration and finance at the Organization of American States (OAS) joins the Ash Center where he will focus on issues surrounding both the growth and retrenchment of democracy in the Western Hemisphere. “Peter’s perspective as a thought leader on Latin America policy will...

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New Ash Center Book is First Comprehensive Examination of Participatory Budgeting in U.S.

January 25, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Ash Center fellow Hollie Russon Gilman’s first book:

Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America

The first comprehensive academic treatment of participatory budgeting in the United States, Democracy Reinvented situates it within a broader trend of civic technology and innovation. This...

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Ash Center Announces Winners of #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

October 9, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School focused on the intersection of government and technology, today announced the winners of its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge.  Over 350 people attended #Tech4Democracy, a HUBweek event, and voted for 28 different ...

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