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    Professor Liebman Presents on State of the WWC Initiative

    March 30, 2017

    GPL Director Jeffrey Liebman presented at the 2017 What Works Cities Summit to an audience of 350 leaders from 91 cities across the country. Professor Liebman reflected on the state of the initiative and discussed the potential for results-driven contracting to improve outcomes nationwide.

    DC Water and Sewer Authority Launches Nation's First Environmental Impact Bond

    September 29, 2016

    On September 29, the DC Water and Sewer Authority issued the nation’s first Environmental Impact Bond. This $25 million bond issuance funded the initial green infrastructure installation in DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project – a project that aims to reduce combined sewage overflows (CSOs) into the Anacostia River, Potomac River, and Rock Creek tributaries. ...

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    Rhode Island DCYF Outgoing Director on Overhauling an Agency in Crisis

    October 6, 2016

    Rhode Island's NPR station interviews Jamia McDonald, who led the turnaround at Rhode Island's Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). The GPL has been supporting the agency's reprocurement of services focused on reducing congregate care and increasing family stability and worked with the agency to develop a more robust contract provider performance management practices....

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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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    Scott Kleiman Presents on Human Services Contracting for Outcomes

    February 12, 2019

    GPL Program Director Scott Kleiman presented during Results for America's webinar Improving State and Local Human Services Contracting and Outcomes. Scott highlighted the GPL's work with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families as an example of active contract management. Watch the webinar here and view the slide deck...

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    Chicago Tribune: College2Career Portal Offers Comparative Shopping Data for Prospective Illinois College Students

    September 6, 2018

    The GPL worked with the State of Illinois to launch the College2Career portal, which connects prospective Illinois college students to data on graduation rates, costs, student debt and, for the first time, potential career earnings of graduates of the state’s two- and four-year institutions. Read...

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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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