2013

Ash Center: HKS Student Roniesha Copeland Gains Key Skills Working for Sacramento Mayor Johnson

Ash Center: HKS Student Roniesha Copeland Gains Key Skills Working for Sacramento Mayor Johnson

February 4, 2013

This summer I worked on Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s education policy team, supporting his work with the National Conference of Black Mayors. My project gave me the opportunity to leverage my business background to do strategic and organizational planning. Although my project was interesting, it was only one facet of my summer. The Mayoral Fellowship with the Office of Mayor Kevin Johnson exposed me to different aspects of the city through participation in activities such as ride-alongs with the Sacramento Police Department, weekly city council meetings, and press conferences with local media.... Read more about Ash Center: HKS Student Roniesha Copeland Gains Key Skills Working for Sacramento Mayor Johnson

Ash Center: HKS Hosts Film Screening & Discussion with Egyptian Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah

Ash Center: HKS Hosts Film Screening & Discussion with Egyptian Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah

January 30, 2013

By Kate Hoagland

What motivates people across the globe to risk their lives in order to fight for democracy? At the January 28 film screening and discussion of documentary A Whisper to a Roar, panelists Egyptian Democratic Academy Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah, Slate Magazine Journalist William Dobson, Film Director Ben Moses, and HKS Professor Tarek Masoud sought to answer this elusive question and discuss why authoritarian regimes survive despite the recent expansion of democracy around the world.

Held to a standing-room only audience of students from across Harvard and the Boston community at Harvard Kennedy School... Read more about Ash Center: HKS Hosts Film Screening & Discussion with Egyptian Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah

Ash Center: Rethinking Policy Design with Professor Quinton Mayne

Ash Center: Rethinking Policy Design with Professor Quinton Mayne

January 15, 2013

Quinton Mayne recently joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center as an assistant professor of public policy. Previously, he had served as the Center’s inaugural Democracy Fellow. We sat down with Professor Mayne for a conversation on his upcoming spring course DPI 130 “Rethinking Policy Design,” which meets both SUP and DPI concentration requirements for MPP candidates.

Why did you create DPI 130 “Rethinking Policy Design”?... Read more about Ash Center: Rethinking Policy Design with Professor Quinton Mayne

 Ash Center: Harvard Kennedy School Expands Commitment to Public Policy Research in China

Ash Center: Harvard Kennedy School Expands Commitment to Public Policy Research in China

January 14, 2013

Harvard Kennedy School Expands Commitment to Public Policy Research in China

By Kate Hoagland 

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Dean David Ellwood this week will take part in a series of commemorative events in China along with other Harvard faculty to celebrate the School’s ongoing commitment to the study of public policy and governance in China. Commencing with the inaugural Alumni Public Policy Forum held Sunday (Jan. 13), the dean and others will sign agreements to deepen the School’s commitment to training and policy research and take part in several conferences on US-China relations later this week.... Read more about Ash Center: Harvard Kennedy School Expands Commitment to Public Policy Research in China

Munhwa Ilbo (South Korea) Life & Story – William H. Overholt

January 11, 2013

Interview by Mi-sook Lee – January 11, 2013

[The translation of the interview from English to Korean and back to English resulted in some ambiguities and awkward phrases. We have sought to remain close to the Korean text while inserting some bracketed phrases for clarity.]

William Overholt is a senior researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center. Since the 1970s, he has served as an East Asia specialist focusing on Korea, China, and Japan. Following the Kwangju Democratization Movement of the 1980s, he expressed early optimism... Read more about Munhwa Ilbo (South Korea) Life & Story – William H. Overholt

Ash Center: Notes from the Field

Ash Center: Notes from the Field

January 2, 2013

HKS MPP Nikhil Gahlawat Studies Poverty with NYC’s Center for Economic Opportunity

By Nikhil Gahlawat

During my summer at the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) in New York City, I had the unique experience of working with both their research and program teams. The research team works on studying poverty in New York City, creating better ways to measure poverty and understand whom the poor are. The program office works to implement anti-poverty programs, first in the pilot phase and then later, if they are successful, in more scaled-up phases. However, rarely do the day-to-day activities of the two offices intersect. My fellowship granted me a unique opportunity to experience CEO... Read more about Ash Center: Notes from the Field

Communiqué: In the Fields of Myanmar

Communiqué: In the Fields of Myanmar

January 8, 2013

Ash Scholars Generate Policy Research to Build a Nation from the Ground Up

By Kate Hoagland – Communiqué: Fall 2012, Volume 11

On a hot summer evening, Ash Center Economist David Dapice sits cross-legged surrounded by a dozen poor farmers. They are in a soy bean field off of a dirt road in the north of Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s capital city. Except for the light from four small candles, it is pitch black, typical for many rural areas when only 25 percent of the country’s residents have access to electricity.

This site visit was one of many that Dapice and the academic team led by Vietnam Program Director Thomas Vallely have made... Read more about Communiqué: In the Fields of Myanmar

Innovations in American Government Award Finalists Announced

Innovations in American Government Award Finalists Announced

November 26, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the finalists for the Innovations in American Government Award. These five programs represent innovations at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government and were selected from a pool of more than 600 applicants following rigorous rounds of evaluation. The Innovations Award winner will be announced later this year.... Read more about Innovations in American Government Award Finalists Announced

HKS Hosts Film Screening & Discussion with Egyptian Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah

HKS Hosts Film Screening & Discussion with Egyptian Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah

January 22, 2013

A Whisper to a Roar Film Features Democracy Activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe

Cambridge, Mass. – Egyptian Democratic Academy Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah, Slate Magazine Journalist Will Dobson, and Film Director Ben Moses will speak at a panel discussion moderated by HKS Professor Tarek Masoud about democratic movements in authoritarian regimes on January 28... Read more about HKS Hosts Film Screening & Discussion with Egyptian Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah

Top 25 Innovations in Government Announced

Top 25 Innovations in Government Announced

May 1, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. – 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 Award competition. These government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, federal, and tribal governments and address a host of policy issues including crime prevention, economic development, environmental and community revitalization, employment, education, and health care.... Read more about Top 25 Innovations in Government Announced

Ash Center Launches Data-Smart City Solutions

Ash Center Launches Data-Smart City Solutions

June 17, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced the launch of Data-Smart City Solutions, a new initiative aimed at using big data and analytics to transform the way local government operates. Bringing together leading industry, academic, and government officials, the initiative will offer city leaders a national depository of cases and best practice examples where cities and private partners use analytics to solve city problems.... Read more about Ash Center Launches Data-Smart City Solutions

Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania

Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania

August 5, 2013

Hewlett Foundation, Gates Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development Fund Five-Year Study

Cambridge, Mass. – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced it has been awarded an $8.1 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom to support a rigorous, five-year, multi-country research study on the impact of community transparency and accountability initiatives on health and other social sector outcomes.... Read more about Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania

Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracy's Challenges

Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracy's Challenges

February 1, 2013

HKS Faculty, Doctoral, and Post Doctoral Students Encouraged to Apply

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center's Challenges to Democracy Grant program will award $150,000 in funding support for HKS faculty workshops and doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. Kennedy School doctoral students and faculty as well as post-doctoral students from the wider academic community are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2013.... Read more about Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracy's Challenges

Top 25 Programs

Top 25 Programs

May 1, 2013

Top 25 Programs: In Detail

Alternative Sentencing Social Worker Program
Commonwealth of Kentucky
In the Alternative Sentencing Social Worker Program, social workers – with public defenders – develop and present individualized alternative sentencing plans to the court as options other than incarceration. Persons who would normally be jailed or imprisoned stay in the community, receive services, and become less likely to reoffend.

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Ash Center Launches Three-Part Paper Series on the Innovation Landscape

Ash Center Launches Three-Part Paper Series on the Innovation Landscape

July 2, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced the launch of its Improving the Local Landscape for Innovation Paper Miniseries authored by Gigi Georges, Tim Glynn-Burke, and Andrea McGrath. As part of the Center’s broader Occasional Paper Series, this three-part publication serves as a practical handbook for city leaders formalizing their efforts to promote and support innovative solutions in their cities.... Read more about Ash Center Launches Three-Part Paper Series on the Innovation Landscape

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