Innovations in Government

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 development, Read more about Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 25 Programs for Innovations in American Government Award

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 Challenges to Read more about Ash Center Announces Finalists and Top 10 Programs for Public Engagement in Government Award

Jorrit de Jong

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 Laura and John Arnold Foundation and conducted in Read more about Harvard’s Ash Center Announces New Platform for Government Efficiency

Jane Wiseman

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

Harvard's Ash Center Announces Bright Ideas and Semifinalists for 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards

Harvard's Ash Center Announces Bright Ideas and Semifinalists for 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards

January 18, 2017

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today more than 60 innovative government programs as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas initiative. This year’s cohort includes programs from all levels of government — school districts, county, city, state, federal agencies, and tribal nations, as well as public-private partnerships — that represent the next horizon in government work to improve services, solve problems, and work on behalf of citizens.

“These programs demonstrate that Read more about Harvard's Ash Center Announces Bright Ideas and Semifinalists for 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards

Ash Center’s Stephen Goldsmith Releases Report Calling on Alternative Financing for US Water Infrastructure Projects

January 11, 2017

Stephen Goldsmith, the Daniel Paul Professor and Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, today released a report highlighting how the private sector should be engaged to help address America’s aging water resource infrastructure.

Read more about Ash Center’s Stephen Goldsmith Releases Report Calling on Alternative Financing for US Water Infrastructure Projects

Jorrit de Jong

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University Launch Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

August 25, 2016

Bloomberg Committing $32 Million for New Leadership Program for Mayors and Senior Aides; University to Design Comprehensive Program of Support to Advance Public Sector Management and Innovation 

NEW YORK – Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University are jointly announcing the launch of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, an unparalleled collaboration to advance leadership, management and innovation in cities across America and around the world. Funded by a $32 million gift from Michael R. Read more about Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University Launch Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Tiana Epps-Johnson

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 Ash Center and with the financial support of the John S. and James L. Knight Read more about Ash Democracy and Technology Fellow Tiana Epps-Johnson Launches Digital Toolkit for Election Officials

Harvard Ash Center Launches Nationwide Network of Urban Chief Data Officers

April 11, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced that it has been awarded a grant by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to establish and support a national peer network of urban Chief Data Officers (CDOs).

The Civic Analytics Network will collaborate on shared projects that advance the use of data visualization and predictive analytics in solving important urban problems related to economic opportunity, poverty reduction, and addressing the root causes of social problems. The Arnold Read more about Harvard Ash Center Launches Nationwide Network of Urban Chief Data Officers

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

Ash Center launches 2016 call for applications for Innovations in American Government Awards

Ash Center launches 2016 call for applications for Innovations in American Government Awards

January 15, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today kicked off the application process for its prestigious Innovations in American Government Award.  For the second straight year, the Ash Center is also funding a second innovation award, the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, to better highlight the work of public engagement and participation programs, policies, and initiatives from around the country.

The Innovations in American Government Awards are heralded as the Read more about Ash Center launches 2016 call for applications for Innovations in American Government Awards

Chieppo Report Calls for Additional Reforms to Stave off Fiscal Crisis at MBTA

December 17, 2015

Cambridge, MA --  In the wake of last winter’s severe service disruptions and the ongoing debate over cost overruns associated with the Green Line extension, Charles Chieppo, a senior fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today released a report outlining a number of reforms intended to put the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) fiscal house in order.

Chieppo’s Read more about Chieppo Report Calls for Additional Reforms to Stave off Fiscal Crisis at MBTA

Salem, Winthrop join partnership with Ash Center’s Innovation Field Lab

December 14, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- the cities of Salem and Winthrop, Massachusetts today signed agreements with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation to formally collaborate with the Center’s Innovation Field Lab.

“Today’s announcement will strengthen and expand the Kennedy School’s efforts to help Massachusetts cities develop innovative solutions to tough social problems,” said Jorrit de Jong, Lecturer in Public Policy and Academic Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center.

The Innovation Field Lab is an ambitious Read more about Salem, Winthrop join partnership with Ash Center’s Innovation Field Lab

San Francisco, New York Named Winners of Harvard's 2015 Innovation in American Government Award

September 17, 2015

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced today the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Five Keys Charter School as the winner of the 2015 Innovation in American Government Award. Participatory Budgeting in New York City from the New York City Council’s office was also announced the winner of the Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government. Both winners will receive their $100,000 award, aimed at replication and dissemination of their innovations, at ceremonies in their home Read more about San Francisco, New York Named Winners of Harvard's 2015 Innovation in American Government Award

HKS Conference Explores the Private Sector’s Role in Contributing to the Public Good in the U.S. and China

Top 25 and finalists for Innovations in Government Award announced by Ash Center

May 5, 2015

Ash Center Announces Finalists, Top 25 Innovations in Government

Cambridge, Mass. – May 5, 2015 – 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 five finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 20 in Cambridge. These government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state Read more about Top 25 and finalists for Innovations in Government Award announced by Ash Center

Finalists and Top 10 Programs Announced for Public Engagement in Government Award

May 5, 2015

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

Cambridge, Mass. – May 5, 2015 – 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 20 in Cambridge. In commemoration of its tenth anniversary, the Ash Center is hosting nationally Read more about Finalists and Top 10 Programs Announced for Public Engagement in Government Award

New Ash Center Book Examines the Potential of “PerformanceStat” to help public executives produce real results

New Ash Center Book Examines the Potential of “PerformanceStat” to help public executives produce real results

October 22, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Robert Behn’s latest book:

The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results

Two decades ago, the New York City Police Department created CompStat. Read more about New Ash Center Book Examines the Potential of “PerformanceStat” to help public executives produce real results

Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

September 2, 2014

The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance provides a compelling model for the future of more effective local government; part of the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center’s Data-Smart City Solutions initiative.

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announces today the publication of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance (Jossey-Bass; September 2, 2014). Read more about Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance

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