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    Increasing Vendor Diversity in St. Paul, Minnesota

    April 13, 2017

    Through the What Works Cities Initiative, GPL Assistant Director Jen North and Senior Advisor Greg Wass worked with the city of St. Paul, Minnesota to engage vendors, increase the number of vendor responses, and improve competition. Read more about how the city is building on these efforts to increase its vendor diversity and better understand why it wasn’t adequately reaching small, women- or minority-owned businesses. Read more.

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    Seattle Releases $30 Million RFP for Homeless Services

    June 28, 2017
    Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Human Services Department announced a request for proposals (RFP) for $30 million in funding for homelessness services. This is the first time the City has competitively bid its homeless services contracts in more than a decade.The results-driven contracting model identified in the RFP was developed through the City’s collaboration with the GPL. ... Read more about Seattle Releases $30 Million RFP for Homeless Services

    How Seattle Used Results-Driven Contracting to Improve Homeless Services

    May 15, 2017

    “What we’ve got to do is establish performance expectations and work very closely with the providers that we are investing in to make sure they’re successful.” Learn more from Jason Johnson, the Deputy Director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, about the City’s efforts to improve outcomes of its homeless services using results-driven contracting and active contract management...

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    Press Release: Gov. Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Hancock Focus on Improving Social Issues

    January 1, 2013
    Press Release: Gov. Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Hancock Focus on Improving Social Issues
    https://govlab.hks.harvard.edu/news/gov-hickenlooper-and-denver-mayor-hancock-focus-improving-socia-issues
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    Denver Post: Denver Homelessness Program Funded by Bank, Large Foundations, Among Others

    January 1, 2016
    Denver Post: Denver Homelessness Program Funded by Bank, Large Foundations, Among Others
    https://govlab.hks.harvard.edu/news/denver-homelessness-program-funded-bank-large-foundations-among-others
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    The Denver Channel: Denver Using $8.6M Loan to Build Apartments for Chronically Homeless People

    January 1, 2016
    The Denver Channel: Denver Using $8.6M Loan to Build Apartments for Chronically Homeless People
    https://govlab.hks.harvard.edu/news/denver-using-86m-loan-build-apartments-chronically-homeless-people
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    What Excellence Looks Like in Local Government

    March 30, 2017

    In a recent brief, HKS Professor Stephen Goldsmith describes the GPL's results-driven contracting work with the Boston Department of Public Works as one of his "case studies of platinum practices" highlighting jurisdictions that have made dramatic progress on initiative criteria such as measuring outcomes, impacts, or cost-effectiveness of key procurements and contracts....

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    NH Department of Health and Human Services Press Release: NH DHHS To Receive Technical Support From Harvard University’s Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

    January 1, 2018

    NH Department of Health and Human Services Press Release: NH DHHS To Receive Technical Support From Harvard University’s Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

    https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/pr/2018/06142018-tech-support-dcyf.htm

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    Video: Tackling Homelessness in Seattle

    March 29, 2017

    This new video discusses our What Works Cities project improving homelessness outcomes through results-driven contracting in Seattle. By restructuring its contracts, setting up a system to track performance, and actively managing its contracts with service providers, Seattle is making progress in connecting individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing. Watch the video here

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    Governing: 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. ...

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    We Are Commons: Tackling Homelessness in Seattle with Data-Driven Tools

    July 13, 2018

    "The city of Seattle, Washington 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. ...

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