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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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Illinois News Network: State launches website tool to try to keep students from leaving Illinois

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. ...

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Increasing Vendor Diversity in St. Paul, Minnesota

April 13, 2017

Through the What Works Cities Initiative, GPL Assistant Director Jen North and Senior Advisor Greg Wass worked with the city of St. Paul, Minnesota 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. Read more.

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WAND 17: Life After Prison: Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center

May 23, 2018

The GPL is assisting the State of Illinois improve employment outcomes for individuals exiting incarceration by reforming in-facility vocational programming at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center. "It makes you start to question some of the decisions you made and the decisions that you will make when you go home...makes you want to become more responsible for your actions as a man," inmate Jovan Lumpkin said. "That's what I feel makes this program so special, because people need a skill set going home...because you are already looked at like you're a prisoner."...

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WAND 17: Life After Prison: Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center

May 23, 2018

The GPL is assisting the State of Illinois improve employment outcomes for individuals exiting incarceration by reforming in-facility vocational programming at the Kewanee Life Skills Re-Entry Center. "It makes you start to question some of the decisions you made and the decisions that you will make when you go home...makes you want to become more responsible for your actions as a man," inmate Jovan Lumpkin said. "That's what I feel makes this program so special, because people need a skill set going home...because you are already looked at like you're a prisoner."...

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Illinois News Network: State launches website tool to try to keep students from leaving Illinois

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. ...

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Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families Performance Improvement

The GPL worked with DCYF on strategic planning to assess service needs and design an approach for improving services for children and families, executing a results-driven procurement for a new set of service contracts, strengthening their contract and provider performance management practices, and designing a strategic procurement management system to improve the results of contracted spending throughout the agency.

Rhode Island TANF Work Supports

Improving workforce participation and employment outcomes for TANF employment programs through more integrated service array and active contract management

Saint Paul, MN Street Construction

As part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities initiative, the GPL provided pro bono technical assistance to help Saint Paul expand the pool of vendors that bid on street reconstruction contracts and improve vendor management during construction.

The City of Saint Paul faced several key challenges with their street reconstruction contracts. Vendor competition was low, and projects ran past agreed-upon budgets and timelines. With pro bono technical assistance from the GPL, the city conducted a vendor survey and implemented pre-bid meetings to...

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