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While technology can be transformative and improve lives, it can also be very disruptive. Some technologies have the potential to change societal norms, norms that we have maintained for decades or even longer. Take the case of Uber, for example, which has completely disrupted the traditional taxi industry. Likewise, Airbnb has been giving the traditional hotel industry a run for its... Read More

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The drive for evidence-based decision-making and the need for innovation in government have rapidly accelerated in recent years. Despite overlapping goals, it is not always clear how closely the two agendas are aligned. Is the creation of more and better evidence leading to more innovation? And fundamentally, is all this activity leading to better decision-making in government?

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The list of potential uses for interagency data-sharing to improve child welfare outcomes is never-ending. Hospital data on low-weight newborns could be shared with Human Services to target in-home nurse visits. Physicians deciding whether to order bone scans for children with suspicious injuries could access child protection records to better inform those decisions. While there is an... Read More

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For decades, teachers have been paid according to seniority and educational degree level; that’s beginning to change. Lately, policymakers and education advocates have been experimenting with new tools for improving American public education, from adopting radical new pedagogical techniques to employing artificial intelligence-based adaptive learning programs. However, one area stands out... Read More

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The “SDG Accelerator #PolicyHack” is a hackathon that will focus specifically on one Sustainable Development Goal: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The event will bring together people of diverse backgrounds including executive directors, students, entrepreneurs, diplomats, politicians, representatives of international organizations, academic institutions, think... Read More

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Structural changes to the United States’ labor market over the past three decades has led to a persistent middle-skills job gap. Employers are struggling to fill jobs that require more education and training than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year tertiary degree. One major barrier to building a talent pipeline to fill those gaps is the need to be able to accurately predict... Read More

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By watching a movie on Netflix, chatting with Siri, or even driving past one of the autonomous vehicles roaming the streets, we are interacting with forms of artificial intelligence (AI) on a near daily basis. AI — the programming or training of a computer to do tasks typically reserved for human intelligence — will soon permeate the ways we interact with our government, too. In my new... Read More

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The Republic of Panama is rightly known for our newly expanded canal, being an important hub for global commerce, producing world-class athletes, and being a great place to visit. What is generally not known as widely is that we are also making tremendous progress in innovating citizen services in a variety of ways including our Citizen Services Center or 311, as non-emergency assistance... Read More

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According to the UN Refugee Agency, conflict and wars in the past few decades have forced 65.6 million people from their homes, especially the Syrian conflict in recent years. However, most Syrian refugees are not in camps but are in urban areas and fall outside of the... Read More

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The Connecticut Green Bank is the winner of the 2017 Innovations in American Government Award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. In 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy and Connecticut’s General Assembly established the country’s first state green bank. Their aim was to spend wisely, create jobs, lower energy costs, and realize cleaner, cheaper... Read More

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The California Citizens Redistricting Commission is the winner of the 2017 Roy and Lila Ash Innovation Award for Public Engagement in Government from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. Like most states, the once-a-decade process of drawing new legislative boundaries in California was hardly an exercise in participatory democracy. The... Read More

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In 2011, the Louisville Metro Government launched its Open Data Portal. There were two main reasons for the launch. One was the election of Mayor Greg Fischer, who was determined to better use data to drive performance improvement and transparency in government. The second was pressure from the local civic tech community, which had lobbied the metro government for years to make its data... Read More

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