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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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    HKS Magazine: Performance Specialists - The GPL Is on a Mission to Make Government Work Better

    September 28, 2018

    The GPL was 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, and download the PDF...

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    Urban Institute: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

    March 20, 2019

    The Urban Institute published a feature on the GPL's Permanent Supportive Housing project in Denver. The feature explains how former Program Director Tyler Jaeckel and other stakeholders helped the City set up a social impact bond to build 160 new units of housing for the homeless and includes quotes from residents and photos of their new homes. Read the feature ...

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    Six Governments Awarded GPL Technical Assistance

    June 13, 2018

    The 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. ...

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    Urban Institute: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative

    November 12, 2019
    The Urban Institute published a research report on the GPL's Permanent Supportive Housing project in Denver. The report, Maintaining Housing Stability: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative, highlights key lessons that were learned and outcomes that were achieved over the first three years of the program. Read the report... Read more about Urban Institute: Interim Lessons from the Denver Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond Initiative

    New Hampshire Public Radio: N.H.'s Division for Children, Youth, and Families Wants Public Input on How to Improve

    October 4, 2019

    New Hampshire's Division for Children, Youth, and Families issued a formal Request for Information to ask the public how it could better do its job. The RFI "calls on everyone from behavioral health providers to foster parents to advocacy groups to academia to put forward ideas on how the agency can better achieve goals including reducing the number of families with repeated reports of maltreatment and decreasing the...

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    HKS Is Providing a Blueprint For How to Improve Policing at Home and Nationwide

    September 30, 2021
    On September 30, 2021, the Harvard Crimson Editorial Board published an article highlighting the Government Performance Lab's work to support jrusidictions in implementing alternative approaches to 911 emergency response. According to the Editorial Board: "We are thrilled to see Harvard affiliates leveraging their resources and influence to pursue meaningful change at the local level. As prone to aspiring towards leadership as us Harvard students are, the Government Performance Lab’s ethos of creating change through assisting local actors is a great reminder that sometimes, the best thing we... Read more about HKS Is Providing a Blueprint For How to Improve Policing at Home and Nationwide

    Long Beach Asks Vendors to Share Feedback in Survey

    October 15, 2021
    The City of Long Beach is asking past, current and prospective vendors to participate in a Vendor Engagement Survey to help guide procurement improvements. The survey is one result of a comprehensive evaluation and remaking of the City's procurement systems and processes, conducted in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL). The goal is to make procurement more efficient, consistent and forward-looking, so that all vendors are better positioned to... Read more about Long Beach Asks Vendors to Share Feedback in Survey