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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Turn to 10: Rhode Island Health Officials Promise to Keep Children Safer

August 20, 2018

Officials from the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH), along with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), presented a plan that details ways to better identify at-risk children. The presentation examined 31 incidents where children either died or almost died from the beginning of 2016 to the end of 2017. “This tells us who we need to be focusing on when we’re tending to child fatalities or near fatalities," said Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health....

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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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