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.
In June, the entire GPL team convened for training and strategic planning. We are excited to be launching 20 new GPL fellows who will be working with governments across the country.
On June 15th, Governor Charlie Baker announced the launch of the Massachusetts Pathways to Economic Advancement Pay for Success project. The project will provide vocational English language services and employment assistance to approximately 2,000 adult English language learners in Greater Boston with the goal of assisting successful transitions to employment, higher wage jobs, and higher education. This marks the 11th PFS project launched by a GPL government partner, out of 17 launched PFS projects in the U.S. Read more.
Publications and Presentations
This GPL policy brief discusses lessons learned from the U.K.’s Troubled Families Programme (TFP), a national payment-by-results initiative aiming to improve outcomes for vulnerable families. TFP uses a whole-family approach to target families facing multiple issues, including with health, crime, unemployment, truancy, child welfare, and/or domestic violence. This brief draws on interviews and site visits with six local authorities who have used TFP to spur meaningful systems transformation in their local governments. Read more.
This policy brief describes strategies for increasing the share of government contracts with minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) based on the lessons learned from the GPL’s work with the City of Boston. The GPL helped Boston improve vendor diversity by streamlining procurement processes, expanding outreach and technical assistance for diverse vendors, and setting up a system to track progress on vendor diversity goals. The GPL’s pro bono technical assistance was provided through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative. Read more.
Active contract management (ACM) is a set of strategies that combine high frequency use of data and collaborative meetings between government agencies and service providers to improve outcomes from contracted services. ACM can empower leaders to detect and rapidly respond to problems, make consistent improvements to performance, and identify opportunities for reengineering service delivery systems. Drawing on the GPL’s engagements piloting ACM strategies with state and local governments across the country, this new policy brief describes the problems that ACM aims to solve, discusses the benefits of using these strategies, and outlines elements of effective ACM systems. Read more.