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Welcome to the Government Innovators Network

A Portal for Innovative Ideas

This portal is produced by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation. Browse or search to access news, documents, descriptions of award-winning programs, and information on events in your area related to innovation. Additional resources include:

The Ash Center's Innovations in American Government Awards Program, and its affiliated international programs, are integral to the Government Innovators Network. Learn about the awards program and how to apply.

moreTop News Stories

How Civic Engagement Platforms Can Bring Back the Expertise of Urban Planners

Topic: Civic Engagement
Californias JusticeMobile Redefines Police Work in the Field

Topic: Privatization
In Houston, traditional public school shares ideas and a roof with charter schools

Topic: Leadership
To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

Topic: Service Delivery
Sacramento Public Library offers scholarships toward online high school diplomas

Topic: *Accountability
Jersey City To Begin Distributing Rain Barrels To Residents

Topic: *Accountability
New Jersey Communities Build Coalition to Track Abandoned Properties

Topic: Economic and Community Development
Biking data could inform city planning

Topic: Service Delivery
Veterans-to-be get advice on jobs

Topic: Job Training & Placement
How Park Design Helps Keep Communities Healthy

Topic: Economic and Community Development

moreUpcoming Events

41st Annual Meeting
July 30, 2014 - August 1, 2014
Dallas, TX
ASCE's Twenty First Annual Meeting: "Cuba's Evolving Socio-Economic and Political Landscape"
July 31, 2014 - August 2, 2014
Miami, FL
Annual APCO Conference & Expo
August 3, 2014 - August 6, 2014
New Orleans
APCO 2014 Annual Conference & Expo
August 3, 2014 - August 6, 2014
New Orleans, LA
3rd African Youth and Governance Conference
August 4, 2014 - August 8, 2014
Lusaka, Zambia
ABA Annual Meeting 2014
August 7, 2014 - August 12, 2014
Boston, MA
NIDA International Conference for Case Studies on Development Administration
August 7, 2014 - August 8, 2014
Bangkok, Thailand
NASACT Annual Conference
August 9, 2014 - August 13, 2014
Santa Fe, NM

The Persistence of Innovation in Government
New Book from Ash Center & Brookings

Author Sandford Borins addresses the enduring significance of innovation in government as practiced by public servants, documented by innovation awards, analyzed by scholars, and discussed by the media. More»

The PerformanceStat Potential

In a new book from Brookings and the Ash Center, author Robert Behn analyzes the leadership behaviors at the core of PerformanceStat to identify how they work to produce results in public organizations. More»

Innovation in the Public Sector

Sandford Borins discusses his new book on "The Persistence of Innovation in Government" in an interview for IBM's Business of Government Hour. Listen now»

Harvard Executive Education

Creating Collaborative Solutions: Innovations in Governance at Harvard Kennedy School will be chaired by Archon Fung and Mark Moore from October 19–24, 2014. Learn more»

Washington Wellness Plan Beats the Odds

This article highlights the successes of King County's Healthy Incentives program, which won a 2013 Innovations in American Government Award.

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