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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

States Take the Lead on Sexual-Assault Reform

Topic: Leadership
With Compact of Mayors, cities lead on tackling climate change at U.N. Summit

Topic: Finance
Crowdsourcing App Tracks Flu Activity

Topic: Emergency Management
U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

Topic: Service Delivery
Honduras clears path for charter cities

Topic: *Accountability
Crowdsourcing Offers Gov Funding Option for Civic Tech

Topic: Finance
Software Helps States Reduce Foster Care Numbers

Topic: Services to Specific Populations
Los Angeles picked for pilot program to counter homegrown jihadists

Topic: School Social Service
Can Flood Monitoring be Crowdsourced?

Topic: Emergency Management
Urban Institute Joins Cooperative Effort with the City of Seoul to Advance Research on Social Innovation and Human Development

Topic: Economic and Community Development

moreUpcoming Events

AHCA/NCAL 65th Annual Conference and Expo
October 5, 2014 - October 8, 2014
Washington, DC
October 6, 2014 - October 8, 2014
Baltimore, MD
23rd Annual Trinational Accord Meeting
October 7, 2014 - October 9, 2014
Chicago, IL
FutureGov summit
October 8, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
APTA Annual Meeting and Expo
October 12, 2014 - October 15, 2014
Houston, TX
AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition
October 13, 2014 - October 15, 2014
Washington, DC
NASBE 2014 Annual Conference
October 16, 2014 - October 18, 2014
Denver, CO
NAHRO National Conference and Exhibition
October 16, 2014 - October 18, 2014
Baltimore, MD

Better, Faster, Cheaper
A Governing.com Series

Stephen Goldsmith outlines the four core features of the data-powered city as presented in his new book with Susan Crawford, The Responsive City. More»

Smart Growth America Workshops

Smart Growth America offers a limited number of technical assistance workshops available to interested communities for zero cost. This competitive award gives communities a chance to understand the technical aspects of smart growth development through a one- or two-day workshop. Apply by October 23. More»

Next Century Cities Webcast

Join Next Century Cities on October 20 for an online discussion about how high-quality broadband Internet has begun to empower American communities. More»

New Book: The Responsive City

The Responsive City provides a compelling model for the future of governance and is co-authored by Harvard Professors Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford. More»

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»

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»

The Persistence of Innovation in Government

A new book from the Ash Center & Brookings by 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»

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