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Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab Announces 2022-2023 Alternative 911 Emergency Response Implementation Cohort

August 18, 2022

Four Jurisdictions to Receive Targeted Technical Assistance to Advance Alternative Emergency Responses
 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) today announced four jurisdictions will participate in its 2022-2023 Alternative 911 Emergency Response Implementation Cohort, an initiative...

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Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab Launches Initiative Designed to Accelerate Child and Family Wellbeing

August 9, 2022

Child & Family Wellbeing Accelerator will support jurisdictions implementing preventative supports that keep families together and contribute to child wellbeing

August 9, 2022

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) today launched the Child & Family Wellbeing Accelerator, an initiative designed to help state and local...

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Four ways to turn procurement into a force for change

July 7, 2022
Talk to mayors about how their city halls buy goods and services, and you are likely to hear a litany of complaints. Yet procurement is one of the most important and powerful tools local leaders have at their disposal. Just about everything cities do, from paving roads to housing the homeless, involves purchasing goods and services. From the GPL's director Jeffrey Liebman in Bloomberg Cities, read ... Read more about Four ways to turn procurement into a force for change
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Events

2021 Sep 30

Shifting From Planning To Doing: Implementing Alternative 911 Emergency Response Systems

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

Across the country, governments are exploring alternative responses to nonviolent 911 calls that reduce reliance on traditional law enforcement and better connect residents to other forms of needed support, including mental and behavioral health services. To support these efforts, the GPL recently announced the...

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2021 Aug 25

Workforce Development | Stimulus Learning Series

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

On August 25 at 3:00pm EST, the GPL explored how governments can use ARPA to make transformative investments in their workforce. The learning session, entitled “Developing a durable workforce system for the future,” featured short presentations from select governments about what they are planning in this space, such as reforms designed to streamline application and enrollment processes, invest in employer-focused partnerships, and experiment with ways to more effectively help job seekers connect to, and persist along, good-paying career pathways. The session featured short...

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2021 Aug 10

Using Procurement to Advance Innovation | Stimulus Learning Series

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

On August 10 at 1:00pm ET, the GPL facilitated a deep dive into how procurements can amplify governments’ ARPA system transformation efforts. The learning session, entitled “Using procurement to advance innovation,” shared best practices, tools, and examples designed to help jurisdictions use procurement and contracting to achieve better outcomes for residents, including strategies to: use procurements to advance departmental and jurisdiction-wide goals; make procurement processes efficient,...

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2021 Aug 02

Behavioral Health & Housing | Stimulus Learning Series

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

On August 2 at 2:00pm ET, the GPL explored the different ways governments are planning to use ARPA funds to strengthen behavioral health and housing systems. The learning session, entitled “Behavioral Health & Housing: Developing more equitable, preventative and holistic supports,” featured short presentations from select governments about what they are planning in this space, such as expansions of community-based and rapid-response supports; implementation of criminal justice diversion and crisis response programs; and investments in long-term supportive housing and affordable...

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