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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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    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    City of Portland: Results-Driven Contracting for Technology

    October 26, 2020
     The City of Portland worked with Harvard Kennedy School's Government Performance Lab to make practical changes to a critical procurement process, establishing a more strategic approach to technology contracting. Via video conference, city staff from Procurement Services and the Bureau of Technology Services Check share their experience applying results-driven contracting strategies to improve the City's technology procurement process.... Read more about City of Portland: Results-Driven Contracting for Technology

    Governing: How the New Stimulus Can Strengthen Local Governments

    April 9, 2021
    In this opionion piece for Governing, Zachary Markovits from Results for America encourages local governments to utilize stimulus funds to, "invest in all kinds of infrastructure: physical, data and social," and points to the GPL's work to expand broadband internet access in Boulder, Colorado as an example of high-impact, equity-driven infrastructure development that helps create a... Read more about Governing: How the New Stimulus Can Strengthen Local Governments

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