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GPL Profiled in Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Magazine

September 28, 2018
GPL Alumni Magazine Profile
The GPL was recently profiled in the Harvard Kennedy School alumni magazine. The piece describes how the GPL grew from a small team pioneering Pay for Success to an organization of 45 undertaking projects to improve core government operations. Read the complete feature here.
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Six Governments Awarded GPL Technical Assistance

June 14, 2018
Press ReleaseThe GPL awarded pro bono technical assistance to an additional six state and local governments: Boston, Massachusetts; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Salt Lake County, Utah; and the states of New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Washington. These jurisdictions will receive intensive support from the GPL to design and implement initiatives addressing high-priority challenges in workforce development, child welfare, and homelessness. Read more.
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Government Innovations in Human Services

February 9, 2018
GPL Convening 2018More than 45 government leaders from 20 GPL government partners gathered in Cambridge for the Government Innovations in Human Services convening on February 7th and 8th.  Agency commissioners and staff participated in a hands-on Active Contract Management simulation, shared experiences in using data to transform agency culture, and discussed a case study on agency turnaround with Professor Jeffrey Liebman and Jamia McDonald, former Chief Strategy Officer of Rhode Island's Executive Office of Health and Human Services. 
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GPL Awards Technical Assistance to Colorado

November 21, 2017

The GPL announced that it will award technical assistance to Colorado, a finalist in the GPL's national competition for TA. The GPL will work with the Office of the Colorado Lieutenant Governor & Chief Operating Officer on improving the results of the state's core human services spending. Read more.

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Alameda County Launches PFS Project to Reduce Recidivism

September 22, 2017
On September 22nd, Alameda County announced the Justice Restoration Pay for Success Project. The project will provide individualized coaching and intensive case management services to young adults on felony probation or who have been charged with certain felony crimes. The County aims to reduce recidivism by providing resources for these young adults to work towards successful outcomes. This project marks the 12th PFS project launched by a GPL government partner, out of 18 launched projects in the U.S.  Read more
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Publications and Presentations

Reducing Chronic Homelessness in Massachusetts

March 8, 2018

Massachusetts HomelessnessThis project feature describes how the GPL provided pro bono technical assistance to help Massachusetts launch a supportive housing initiative to reduce chronic homelessness. This project will provide permanent supportive housing for up to 800 individuals over six years and demonstrates an innovative model of sustainable state support for chronically homeless individuals. As of April 2018, the project has housed 678 individuals.

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How Social Services and Performance Contracting Fit Together

October 25, 2018

Governments often view performance-based contracting as a north star, but without careful structuring, it can backfire for social services. In her latest column for Governing’s Better, Faster, Cheaper blog, GPL Program Director Hanna Azemati advises government on when performance-based contracting for social services is appropriate, how to implement it effectively, and what other strategies can drive the performance of programs to turn around the lives of at-risk populations. Read more.

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Professor Liebman Quoted in Stanford Social Innovation Review

September 18, 2018
A recent book review in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on the use of randomized controlled trials in social policy quotes Professor Liebman, who notes that "our current mechanisms for funding and evaluating social programs do not produce a culture of continuous learning and improvement, nor do they generate opportunities for fundamental reengineering of systems to produce better results. [There is not enough focus] on systems or outcomes across an entire population in a community." Read the entire review here.
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Protecting Child Well-Being in Rhode Island

August 20, 2018

“Just referring a family to services isn’t always enough. There need to be more intentional efforts to ensure that the families ultimately get connected with those agencies,” said Trista Piccola, the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, & Families (DCYF). The GPL worked with DCYF and the Rhode Island Department of Health to create a plan for reducing child fatalities and near-fatalities due to neglect or maltreatment. Read more about our recommendations here and here.

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How Cities Can Get Strategic About Procurement

July 18, 2018

In her latest commentary for Governing’s Better, Faster, Cheaper blog, Program Director Hanna Azemati describes the GPL’s work with the city of Louisville, KY to establish a strategic procurement system. According to Louisville’s director of purchasing, this system has helped the city “elevate the importance of procurement, build trust, and earn credibility” by prioritizing, structuring, evaluating, and managing critical contracts more effectively. Read more.

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Tackling Homelessness in Seattle with Data-Driven Tools

July 13, 2018
"The city of Seattle, Wash, has been changing the way they deal with homeless populations, and gathering data to drive some evidenced-based solutions. Now, with clear incentives and data collection, employees have a path forward for helping the homeless." Journalist Rebecca Gale discusses the GPL’s What Works Cities project to improve homelessness outcomes through results-driven contracting in Seattle. Read more
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Santiago Project Featured in El Mercurio

May 23, 2018
Chile’s El Mercurio featured our What Works Cities project in Santiago, where the GPL is advising the city on their landscape maintenance contracts. Read more about the project here, and read more about results-driven contracting here.
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