Authors: Sandford Borins
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
A new book, Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication, celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Innovations in American Government (IAG) Awards Program of the Ash Institute for Democratic Innovation and Governance. The IAG began in 1985 with a grant from the Ford Foundation to the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard to conduct a program of awards for innovations in state and local government. The foundation’s objective was ambitious and, in an era of "government is the problem" rhetoric, determinedly proactive. It sought to counter declining public confidence in government by highlighting innovative and effective programs. Over twenty years later, research, recognition, and replication are the source of the program’s continuing influence and its vitality.