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    Washington Post: A strikingly new approach to social problems

    February 16, 2016

    The launch of two GPL-assisted Pay for Success projects in South Carolina and Connecticut was featured in the Washington Post. The South Carolina project aims to improve maternal and prenatal health for low-income, first-time mothers, and the Connecticut project expands substance abuse and parenting support services for families involved in the child welfare system....

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    Veritalk: Boston, MA Asphalt Resurfacing Project Featured in "Pothole Politics"

    January 31, 2019

    "Potholes not only tell you about the state of your infrastructure, they also tell you about the nature of participation in your city." GPL Fellow Elijah de la Campa spoke about the GPL's Boston, MA Asphalt Resurfacing project and some of the surprising discoveries he made on Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences podcast, ...

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    Government Technology: Incentivizing Excellence in Boston Through Results-Driven Contracting

    April 26, 2017

    In a post for GovTech, Stephen Goldsmith describes how the GPL helped Boston's Department of Public Works Construction Management Division implement results-driven contracting to increase the overall quality of repaving efforts, to improve communication and transparency with vendors, and to enhance the articulation and measurement of outcomes crucial to the asphalt resurfacing process....

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    Providence Journal: Better Ways to Protect Children

    August 29, 2018

    "Sometimes the best cure for a difficult problem is a fresh set of eyes, and that appears to be what Rhode Island gained in a recent study of how the state can better protect children who are at risk of neglect, abuse, or even death." The GPL worked with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the Department of Health to create a plan for reducing child fatalities and near-fatalities due to neglect or maltreatment. Read more about how the GPL is shaping agency processes to better protect children...

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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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    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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    Providence Journal: Rhode Island Holds Two-day Summit on Overhaul of Child Welfare Services

    November 17, 2015

    Nearly 200 people who work with Rhode Island's Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) came together to weigh in on how child welfare services should be purchased. The GPL had been assisting DCYF with implementing active contract management in its contracts with service providers. Read more about the summit here, and...

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    Providence Journal: Governor Raimondo Vows Major Overhaul of Department of Children, Youth, and Families

    July 30, 2015
    Saying she “inherited an agency in crisis...an extremely dysfunctional system,” Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo outlined a plan to radically reform the state’s troubled Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Her plan included receiving pro bono technical assistance from the Government Performance Lab. Read more about her plans here, and... Read more about Providence Journal: Governor Raimondo Vows Major Overhaul of Department of Children, Youth, and Families

    Let's Chat About Data: Assistant Director Jen North Discusses How to Reach City Goals with Effective RFPs

    March 5, 2019

    GPL Assistant Director Jen North sat down with What Works Cities to discuss how results-driven contracting can help cities reach their goals. In the interview, she explains why writing effective RFPs is so important for successful procurements by helping cities organize contracted services just as sheepdogs help herd and organize sheep for farmers....

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    Bridging the Gap Between Residents and Opportunity in Charleston, South Carolina

    March 5, 2019

    The GPL worked with the City of Charleston, South Carolina to draft a results-driven RFP to identify a developer to build a high-quality, affordable housing on City land. By involving multiple departments in planning and writing the RFP as well as engaging with over 100 key stakeholders — including city staff, community representatives, developers, and nonprofits — the resulting procurement...

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    Program Director Hanna Azemati Speaks on Collaborative Strategies for Improving Outcomes

    November 16, 2018

    GPL Program Director Hanna Azemati was a guest speaker at the Innovations in Evidence conference in Regina, Canada from November 15-16, 2018. The event convened international leaders and innovators to share emerging trends, lessons learned, and insights into how to overcome challenges facing policymakers, practitioners, and researchers in advancing and implementing evidence-informed policy making. Select conference speakers, including Hanna, were also invited to provide written recommendations on Canada’s path forward in building the infrastructure to support evidence-...

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    ABC 7 Chicago: Governor Bruce Rauner unveils new online college and career planning tool

    September 7, 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. ...

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    Northern Public Radio: Illinois Launches 'Matchmaking' Site For College Bound 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. ...

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    Illinois News Network: State launches website tool to try to keep students from leaving Illinois

    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. ...

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