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Long Beach Asks Vendors to Share Feedback in Survey

October 15, 2021
The City of Long Beach is asking past, current and prospective vendors to participate in a Vendor Engagement Survey to help guide procurement improvements. The survey is one result of a comprehensive evaluation and remaking of the City's procurement systems and processes, conducted in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL). The goal is to make procurement more efficient, consistent and forward-looking, so that all vendors are better positioned to... Read more about Long Beach Asks Vendors to Share Feedback in Survey

HKS Is Providing a Blueprint For How to Improve Policing at Home and Nationwide

September 30, 2021
On September 30, 2021, the Harvard Crimson Editorial Board published an article highlighting the Government Performance Lab's work to support jrusidictions in implementing alternative approaches to 911 emergency response. According to the Editorial Board: "We are thrilled to see Harvard affiliates leveraging their resources and influence to pursue meaningful change at the local level. As prone to aspiring towards leadership as us Harvard students are, the Government Performance Lab’s ethos of creating change through assisting local actors is a great reminder that sometimes, the best thing we... Read more about HKS Is Providing a Blueprint For How to Improve Policing at Home and Nationwide

Press Release

September 14, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab selects five jurisdictions to participate in Alternative 911 Emergency Response project to advance public health approaches to public safety

 
Cambridge, MA – The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) today announced the selection of five jurisdictions that will participate in a new initiative designed to implement alternative responses to nonviolent 911 calls—Durham, North...
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Houston Public Media: Two New Harris County Safety Programs Would Limit Police Interactions In Certain Cases

August 10, 2021

Houston Public Media wrote a piece highlighting Harris County's Holistic Alternative Responder Team program, or HART, which plans to send public health staff instead of law enforcement to nonviolent calls involving issues like mental health, homelessness, and substance abuse. Read the...

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Conway Daily Sun: State Expands Residential Behavioral Health Treatment for Children

July 28, 2021

The Conway Daily Sun wrote a piece highlighting New Hampshire's expansion of residential behavioral health treatment for children. Governor Sununu remarked that the expansion "represents another step in our work to rebuild New Hampshire’s mental health system, and to ensure Granite Staters, especially children and youth, have access to appropriate behavioral health services within our State”. Read the ...

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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

Concord Monitor: NH Waypoint to start new voluntary services program to head off child neglect and abuse

December 5, 2020

The Concord Monitor wrote a piece covering the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement of partnerships with two social service agencies to provide community-based voluntary services for at-risk children and families. Read the story, the...

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