News Coverage

How Seattle Used Results-Driven Contracting to Improve Homeless Services

May 15, 2017

“What we’ve got to do is establish performance expectations and work very closely with the providers that we are investing in to make sure they’re successful.” Learn more from Jason Johnson, the Deputy Director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, about the City’s efforts to improve outcomes of its homeless services using results-driven contracting and active contract management. The GPL provided technical assistance to Seattle on this project through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative. Listen here. … Read more about How Seattle Used Results-Driven Contracting to Improve Homeless Services

Increasing Vendor Diversity in St. Paul

April 13, 2017

Through the What Works Cities Initiative, GPL fellow Jen North and Senior Advisor Greg Wass worked with St. Paul to engage vendors, increase the number of vendor responses, and improve competition. Read more about how the city is building on these efforts to increase its vendor diversity and better understand why it wasn’t adequately reaching small, women- or minority-owned businesses. Expanding Opportunity in City Contracts: St. Paul’s Racial Equity Strategy. PolicyLink

What Excellence Looks Like in Local Government

March 30, 2017

In a recent brief, HKS Professor Stephen Goldsmith describes the GPL’s results-driven contracting work with the Boston Department of Public Works as one of his “case studies of platinum practices” highlighting jurisdictions that have made dramatic progress on initiative criteria such as measuring outcomes, impacts, or cost-effectiveness of key procurements and contracts. Read more

Tackling Homelessness in Seattle

March 29, 2017

This new video discusses our What Works Cities project improving homelessness outcomes through results-driven contracting in Seattle. By restructuring its contracts, setting up a system to track performance, and actively managing its contracts with service providers, Seattle is making progress in connecting individuals experiencing homelessness to permanent housing. Watch the video

Winter 2017 GPL Newsletter

March 20, 2017

Read about some of the GPL's recent progress including technical assistance awards, launched projects, performance improvement work, and new publications. Read more