2013 Apr 25

Leadership & the Internet with Eric Schmidt

4:10pm to 5:30pm


NYE ABC, 5th Floor Taubman

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean, HKS; Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy; and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

Join Dean David Ellwood and David Gergen for a conversation with Eric Schmidt on his vision for the future, co-moderated by Ash-affiliated faculty member Archon Fung.

2013 Apr 25

Implementing PerformanceStat: Lessons from the Field

6:00pm to 7:15pm


Weil Town Hall, Belfer Building, Corner of JFK and Eliot Streets

Co-sponsored by the Kennedy School's Regional, State, Local and Tribal (RSLT) Governance PIC and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville

John Mattingly, former commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services

and Beth Blauer, former director of Maryland’s StateStat.

Moderated by HKS’s Bob Behn.

“PerformanceStat” (aka Compstat, aka Citistat) has received considerable attention, nationally and at the Kennedy School, from public executives and policymakers interested in producing results by using data to analyze and motivate better performance. As with any promising leadership strategy, however, the challenge is implementation: How can leaders adapt PerformanceStat and make it work for their particular institution?... Read more about Implementing PerformanceStat: Lessons from the Field

2013 Apr 23

What Are Foundations For? A Panel Debate on Philanthropy and Democracy

11:30am to 1:00pm


Land Hall, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

Rob Reich, Stanford University
Discussants: Eric Beerbohm, Frederick S. Danzinger Associate Professor of Government; Phil Buchanan, Center for Effective Philanthropy; Christine Letts, Rita E. Hauser Senior Lecturer in the Practice of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

Co-sponsored by the Ash Center, Boston Review Magazine, Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

About the Seminar

Judge Richard Posner suggests that foundations are “total scandals” because they lack market or electoral accountability. Foundations also operate without significant transparency requirements, elevate the preferences of wealthy individuals across generations, and are recipients of generous tax breaks. In this final Democracy Seminar of the semester, Rob Reich will explore the role of foundations in democratic societies. He argues that foundations can gain legitimacy in spite of their plutocratic power, through their work in supporting pluralism and in long-run social policy innovation. Phil Buchanan, Christine Letts, and Eric Beerbohm will respond.... Read more about What Are Foundations For? A Panel Debate on Philanthropy and Democracy

2013 Apr 22

Bringing Human Services Technology into the 21st Century: The Role of Change Management in Facilitating Innovation



Online Webinar

The Ash Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Case Commons Inc. are excited to present a webinar on the role of change management in facilitating technology innovation in public human services. As demands on public human services continue to increase, technology is playing an increasingly vital role. Technological changes are also organizational changes, and effective change management is essential to ensuring that technology improvements are implemented successfully.

This webinar will offer as a case study Indiana’s adoption of Management Gateway for Indiana’s Kids (MAGIK), powered by Casebook(R), as its child welfare system of record. Incubated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casebook is a 21st-century child welfare information system developed by the nonprofit Case Commons.

Steve Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard Kennedy School, former Mayor of Indianapolis, and former Deputy Mayor of New York City for Operations, will moderate a discussion among:

  • Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • Tracy Wareing, Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association

  • Kathleen Feely, Founder and CEO of Case Commons, Inc. and Vice President for Innovation at the Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • Judge Jim Payne, former Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services

Presenters in this webinar will discuss the importance of modern information technology to the effective and innovative delivery of public-sector human services; as well as the vital link between robust change management strategies and success in human services information technology projects.

Following information from each of the presenters there will be the opportunity for webinar attendees to pose questions to the presenters.

This event is powered by the Ash Center’s Government Innovators Network.

2013 Apr 17

Recognizing Public Value: Book Party & Talk

4:10pm to 5:30pm


124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Recognizing Public Value coverIntroduction & Moderation: Tony Saich, Ash Center Director
Respondents: Tiziana Dearing, CEO of Boston Rising; and Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government
Reception to Follow
Co-sponsored by the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management

About the Seminar
In his newly published Recognizing Public Value, Mark Moore focuses on helping public managers develop and use performance measurement and management systems to help animate and guide their value-creating efforts. The book introduces readers to two new key instruments – the Public Value Account and the Public Value Scorecard. The Public Value Account is designed to help public managers construct something like the private sector’s financial “bottom line” for empirically capturing the “public value” that is being created (or lost) by a public agency. The Public Value Scorecard is designed to help managers keep their attention focused on the concrete tasks that have to be undertaken in both the world of political mobilization and operational management to execute a future-oriented strategy for a government agency. The concepts are illustrated with cases from policing and crime control, the management of urban services, tax collecting, contracting for welfare to work programs, solid waste management, the promotion of economic competitiveness, and child protective services.... Read more about Recognizing Public Value: Book Party & Talk

2013 Apr 12

Crisis Management Workshop and Simulation with Ambassador Christian Dussey



124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 160, Room 105, Cambridge, MA

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED. Those selected to participate through the lottery will be notified by email.

About the Seminar
Crises are sudden and disruptive. They are complex and characterized by uncertainty as well as high velocity. In this workshop, Ambassador Christian Dussey, most recently head of the Crisis Management Center of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will present several instruments leaders can use to bring a sense of order and lead his/her team through these challenging events. He will then facilitate a crisis simulation during which participants will work in groups of three or four.... Read more about Crisis Management Workshop and Simulation with Ambassador Christian Dussey

2013 Apr 12

International Development Conference

(All day)

The International Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School of Government is a yearly student-organized, student-run conference dedicated to fostering a constructive dialogue between leading academics, practitioners, policymakers, and students concerned with creating a better world. The Conference is hosted at the Kennedy School and is a joint effort between students at Harvard and Carnegie Mellon University. The Ash Center was a co-sponsor of the 2013 event.

2013 Apr 10

Innovation in American Government: Change and Continuity Over Two Decades

1:10pm to 2:30pm


Taubman 401

A light lunch will be served

About the Seminar
Applications to the Innovation in American Government Awards program have provided a forum for the nation’s public sector innovators to tell their stories: stories of persistence, controversy, and vindication. Sandford Borins has used those stories to create databases to characterize the nature and evolution of innovative programs and characteristics of successful innovations. Replicating his path-breaking research of the early nineties (published in his 1997 book Innovating with Integrity), Professor Borins has just completed his analysis of applications to the 2010 Innovations in American Government Awards. He will present both qualitative and quantitative research to account for the persistence of innovation and its necessary transformations.... Read more about Innovation in American Government: Change and Continuity Over Two Decades