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    Providence Journal: Plans Presented to Protect Well-being of Children 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 ...

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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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    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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    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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    North Carolina Department of Commerce: Harvard Kennedy School to Support Improvements to North Carolina Workforce Services

    June 14, 2018

    The GPL announced that the State of North Carolina will receive pro bono technical assistance. GPL Assistant Director Sarah Allin will collaborate with North Carolina Commerce’s Workforce Solutions team and a pair of local Workforce Development Boards to develop strategies for improving service delivery at NCWorks Career Centers. The ultimate goal is to create a data-informed model that can be replicated statewide to help jobseekers obtain employment, training and higher wages....

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    WMUR: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to Receive Support from Harvard to Improve Child Services

    June 14, 2018

    The GPL announced that New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will receive pro bono technical assistance. In particular, the GPL will assist the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) with providing consistent and effective services to children and families who need protection or are at risk of future harm and with increasing the number of children cared for by families by strengthening the recruitment and retention of foster family resources....

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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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