The surgeon and writer Atul Gawande makes the case that the checklist can help experts in almost any field apply their expertise, so I thought I would try crafting a checklist for myself and adapted a framework for rational policymaking that I learned in graduate school.
This post introduces the Government Performance Consortium, which is working to advance a new approach to performance management by growing a community of practice and offering an open-source toolkit of resources that promote a focus on outcomes throughout the chain of command.
In the six months since Rhode Island’s Works Wonders program won the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award, the successful pilot program has been able to expand its reach to cities in other states. The program aims to equip youth who are aging out of foster care with career readiness training and skills in order to position them for stable jobs and careers. This miniseries will... Read More
Cities struggling with gentrification and staggering rental prices can learn from Charlotte, North Carolina’s data-driven innovation.
At the heart of the success achieved in such a short span of time by the Seoul's Energy Welfare Public-Private Partnership Program lies the existing social capital the city already had through its energy policies and civic engagement campaigns. The Energy Welfare PPP program is just one point in a larger constellation of policies, programs, and actors that have come together to create... Read More
In September, Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, an innovative philanthropic collaborative of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, spoke to an audience of a mayoral chiefs of staff from some of the largest US cities concerning the ideas in his latest book, Reclaiming the American Dream: Proven Solutions for Creating Economic Opportunity for All. His talk... Read More
Changeable and fast-moving issues, which are increasingly common in the digital age, demand more flexibility and responsiveness from government as it crafts and implements policy. By borrowing and adapting the “Agile” project management methodology from the dynamic software and start-up worlds, policymakers can thrive in an uncertain environment, increase civic engagement, and improve... Read More
What do government programs reducing chronic malnutrition in Madagascar, boosting innovation in Asia, and increasing enrollment for food stamps in the United States have in common? While working at the World Bank Innovation Lab, I saw policymakers around the world searching for innovative solutions to complex problems affecting their constituencies, and how “design thinking” — a... Read More
Over the past 20 years, increasing momentum has been gathering behind the idea that governments need to apply scientific standards of proof to making decisions about policy. The drive towards evidence-based policymaking is a drive towards a rationalist dream: that hard evidence can remove partisan wrangling from the equation and, instead, turn policymaking into a scientific process,... Read More
Graduation season is approaching, and many students will soon be back in the public sector where they’ll have the opportunity to make meaningful change. I sat down with Harvard Kennedy School Lecturer Nick Sinai, former White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer, for a conversation about what it takes to create real innovation in the public sector.
Beginning in November 2017, some residents in Seoul have moved into a zero energy residential complex called “EZ HOUSE.” Built in Nowon District, this is the first zero energy building (ZEB) residential complex in South Korea that is at the scale of a small village. Tackling energy consumption in buildings will create significant long-term benefits such as lower environmental impacts,... Read More