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December 9, 2014 - Ash Center, OpenGov Foundation Launch #Hack4Congress, A ā€œNot-Just-for-Technologistsā€ Hackathon to Fix Congress  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and the OpenGov Foundation today kicked off registration for its January 30-Feb 1, 2015 ā€œnot-just-for-technologistsā€ hackathon -- #Hack4Congress. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and the OpenGov Foundation today kicked off registration for its January 30-Feb 1, 2015 ā€œnot-just-for-technologistsā€ hackathon -- #Hack4Congress. MoreĀ»

October 22, 2014 - New Ash Center Book Examines the Potential of ā€œPerformanceStatā€ to help public executives produce real results  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Robert Behnā€™s latest book: The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. PerformanceStat, argues Behn, is a focused effort to exploit the power of purpose and motivation, responsibility and discretion, data and meetings, analysis and learning, feedback and follow-up ā€” all to improve the performance of public agencies and government jurisdictions. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Robert Behnā€™s latest book: The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results. PerformanceStat, argues Behn, is a focused effort to exploit the power of purpose and motivation, responsibility and discretion, data and meetings, analysis and learning, feedback and follow-up ā€” all to improve the performance of public agencies and government jurisdictions. MoreĀ»

September 2, 2014 - Harvard Professors Release Guide to Help Civic Leaders Leverage Data for Responsive Governance  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announces today the publication of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance co-authored by Professor Stephen Goldsmith, director of Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.The Responsive City is a compelling guide to civic engagement and governance in the digital age that will help municipal leaders link important breakthroughs in technology and data analytics with age-old lessons of small-group community input to create more agile, competitive and economically resilient cities. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announces today the publication of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance co-authored by Professor Stephen Goldsmith, director of Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.The Responsive City is a compelling guide to civic engagement and governance in the digital age that will help municipal leaders link important breakthroughs in technology and data analytics with age-old lessons of small-group community input to create more agile, competitive and economically resilient cities. MoreĀ»

June 25, 2014 - Archon Fung Named Academic Dean at Harvard Kennedy School  
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Archon Fung, the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), will succeed Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, as the Schoolā€™s next Academic Dean as of July 1. The Academic Dean reports directly to Dean Ellwood and is responsible for overseeing the schoolā€™s academic priorities, including faculty appointments and reviews, curriculum issues, the Faculty Steering Committee, faculty conflict of interest and research integrity policies, and numerous other academic issues. MoreĀ»

Archon Fung, the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), will succeed Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, as the Schoolā€™s next Academic Dean as of July 1. The Academic Dean reports directly to Dean Ellwood and is responsible for overseeing the schoolā€™s academic priorities, including faculty appointments and reviews, curriculum issues, the Faculty Steering Committee, faculty conflict of interest and research integrity policies, and numerous other academic issues. MoreĀ»

June 25, 2014 - New Book Maps the Changing Landscape of American Public Sector Innovation in the Twenty-First Century  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Sandford Borinsā€™ The Persistence of Innovation in Government, a new book addressing the enduring significance of innovation in government as practiced by public servants, documented by innovation awards, analyzed by scholars, and discussed by the media. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Sandford Borinsā€™ The Persistence of Innovation in Government, a new book addressing the enduring significance of innovation in government as practiced by public servants, documented by innovation awards, analyzed by scholars, and discussed by the media. MoreĀ»

May 6, 2014 - King County, Washingtonā€™s Healthy Incentives Earns Harvard Innovation Award  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced King County, Washingtonā€™s Healthy Incentives program as a winner of the 2013 Innovations in American Government Award from a pool of more than 600 applicants. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced King County, Washingtonā€™s Healthy Incentives program as a winner of the 2013 Innovations in American Government Award from a pool of more than 600 applicants. MoreĀ»

April 23, 2014 - Ash Center Launches Award to Recognize Innovation in Public Engagement in Government  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is pleased to announce the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special $100,000 award in public engagement and participation. It will be administered as part of the Ash Centerā€™s existing Innovations in American Government Awards Program, the nation's premier awards program for good government. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is pleased to announce the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special $100,000 award in public engagement and participation. It will be administered as part of the Ash Centerā€™s existing Innovations in American Government Awards Program, the nation's premier awards program for good government. MoreĀ»

April 3, 2014 - New White Paper Examines Response to Boston Marathon Bombing Events  
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One year after two homemade bombs exploded along the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three, injuring dozens and traumatizing an entire city, jurisdictions both here and abroad remain on high alert to the possibility of similar unexpected, complex and potentially deadly events in their own backyard. A new White Paper co-authored by four scholars of emergency management and criminal justice at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Law School (HLS) and Business School (HBS) draws upon the marathon bombing events to provide responders with concrete and actionable steps to help improve their own emergency management planning efforts now and in the years to come. MoreĀ»

One year after two homemade bombs exploded along the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three, injuring dozens and traumatizing an entire city, jurisdictions both here and abroad remain on high alert to the possibility of similar unexpected, complex and potentially deadly events in their own backyard. A new White Paper co-authored by four scholars of emergency management and criminal justice at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Law School (HLS) and Business School (HBS) draws upon the marathon bombing events to provide responders with concrete and actionable steps to help improve their own emergency management planning efforts now and in the years to come. MoreĀ»

March 25, 2014 - HKS Conference Reflects on 35 Years of U.S.-China Diplomatic Relations  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School recently hosted the China Public Policy Forum on the current and future state of US-China relations. The forum, co-hosted by the Chinese Peopleā€™s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, was a rare opportunity for the academic community, policy makers, and others to discuss key topics on the future of the U.S.-China relationship in an open and productive manner. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School recently hosted the China Public Policy Forum on the current and future state of US-China relations. The forum, co-hosted by the Chinese Peopleā€™s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, was a rare opportunity for the academic community, policy makers, and others to discuss key topics on the future of the U.S.-China relationship in an open and productive manner. MoreĀ»

March 20, 2014 - HKS Ash Center to Host Discussion on Integrating Immigrant Communities in Lawrence, Mass.  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in partnership with WBUR 90.9 FM, Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence History Center, and Qniversity will host a discussion on integrating immigrant communities in Lawrence, Massachusetts on March 31st. Known as the ā€œImmigrant City,ā€ the history of Lawrence has been shaped by immigration since its founding over a century and a half ago. Today the city claims one of the highest proportions of immigrants in the state and a unique approach to integrating immigrant groups into the community fabric of the city. As part of its Challenges to Democracy tenth anniversary public dialogue series, the Ash Center will convene a discussion to examine how Lawrence and communities like it across the country are on the frontlines ā€” dealing with important questions and tensions that immigration can present. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in partnership with WBUR 90.9 FM, Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence History Center, and Qniversity will host a discussion on integrating immigrant communities in Lawrence, Massachusetts on March 31st. Known as the ā€œImmigrant City,ā€ the history of Lawrence has been shaped by immigration since its founding over a century and a half ago. Today the city claims one of the highest proportions of immigrants in the state and a unique approach to integrating immigrant groups into the community fabric of the city. As part of its Challenges to Democracy tenth anniversary public dialogue series, the Ash Center will convene a discussion to examine how Lawrence and communities like it across the country are on the frontlines ā€” dealing with important questions and tensions that immigration can present. MoreĀ»

March 11, 2014 - Ash Center Announces Appointment of Somerville, MA Mayor Joseph Curtatone as Senior Fellow  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced the appointment of Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone as a senior fellow affiliated with the Ash Center. Curtatoneā€™s non-stipendiary appointment represents a continuation of a strong collaboration between the Ash Center and the City of Somerville to strengthen and promote innovative ideas in city government.ā€œMayor Curtatoneā€™s appointment will further enhance the work between the City of Somerville and the Ash Center, as well as continue to provide a unique experience for Harvard Kennedy School students to learn about and contribute to government innovation first hand,ā€ said Ash Center Director Tony Saich. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced the appointment of Somerville, Massachusetts Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone as a senior fellow affiliated with the Ash Center. Curtatoneā€™s non-stipendiary appointment represents a continuation of a strong collaboration between the Ash Center and the City of Somerville to strengthen and promote innovative ideas in city government.ā€œMayor Curtatoneā€™s appointment will further enhance the work between the City of Somerville and the Ash Center, as well as continue to provide a unique experience for Harvard Kennedy School students to learn about and contribute to government innovation first hand,ā€ said Ash Center Director Tony Saich. MoreĀ»

January 23, 2014 - GSAā€™s Challenge.gov Earns Harvard Innovation Award  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced the U.S. General Services Administrationā€™s (GSA) Challenge.gov as a winner of the 2013 Innovations in American Government Award from a pool of more than 600 applicants. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University today announced the U.S. General Services Administrationā€™s (GSA) Challenge.gov as a winner of the 2013 Innovations in American Government Award from a pool of more than 600 applicants. MoreĀ»

November 26, 2013 - Innovations in American Government Award Finalists Announced  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the finalists for the Innovations in American Government Award. These five programs represent innovations at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government and were selected from a pool of more than 600 applicants following rigorous rounds of evaluation. The Innovations Award winner will be announced later this year. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the finalists for the Innovations in American Government Award. These five programs represent innovations at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government and were selected from a pool of more than 600 applicants following rigorous rounds of evaluation. The Innovations Award winner will be announced later this year. MoreĀ»

August 5, 2013 - Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania  
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Today the Ash Center announced it has been awarded an $8.1 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom to support a rigorous, five-year, multi-country research study on the impact of community transparency and accountability initiatives on health and other social sector outcomes. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center announced it has been awarded an $8.1 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom to support a rigorous, five-year, multi-country research study on the impact of community transparency and accountability initiatives on health and other social sector outcomes. MoreĀ»

July 2, 2013 - Ash Center Launches Three-Part Paper Series on the Innovation Landscape  
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Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced the launch of its Improving the Local Landscape for Innovation Paper Miniseries authored by Gigi Georges, Tim Glynn-Burke, and Andrea McGrath. As part of the Centerā€™s broader Occasional Paper Series, this three-part publication serves as a practical handbook for city leaders formalizing their efforts to promote and support innovative solutions in their cities. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced the launch of its Improving the Local Landscape for Innovation Paper Miniseries authored by Gigi Georges, Tim Glynn-Burke, and Andrea McGrath. As part of the Centerā€™s broader Occasional Paper Series, this three-part publication serves as a practical handbook for city leaders formalizing their efforts to promote and support innovative solutions in their cities. MoreĀ»

June 17, 2013 - Ash Center Launches Data-Smart City Solutions  
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Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced the launch of Data-Smart City Solutions, a new initiative aimed at using big data and analytics to transform the way local government operates. Bringing together leading industry, academic, and government officials, the initiative will offer city leaders a national depository of cases and best practice examples where cities and private partners use analytics to solve city problems. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School announced the launch of Data-Smart City Solutions, a new initiative aimed at using big data and analytics to transform the way local government operates. Bringing together leading industry, academic, and government officials, the initiative will offer city leaders a national depository of cases and best practice examples where cities and private partners use analytics to solve city problems. MoreĀ»

May 1, 2013 - Top 25 Innovations in Government Announced  
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The Ash Center announced the Top 25 programs in this yearā€™s Innovations in American Government Award competition. These government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, federal, and tribal governments and address a host of policy issues including crime prevention, economic development, environmental and community revitalization, employment, education, and health care. ā€œThese Top 25 innovations in government offer real, tangible ways to protect our most disadvantaged citizens, educate the next-generation workforce, and utilize data analytics to enhance government performance,ā€ said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government program. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center announced the Top 25 programs in this yearā€™s Innovations in American Government Award competition. These government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, federal, and tribal governments and address a host of policy issues including crime prevention, economic development, environmental and community revitalization, employment, education, and health care. ā€œThese Top 25 innovations in government offer real, tangible ways to protect our most disadvantaged citizens, educate the next-generation workforce, and utilize data analytics to enhance government performance,ā€ said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in Government program. MoreĀ»

February 1, 2013 - Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracyā€™s Challenges  
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The Ash Center's Challenges to Democracy Grant program will award $150,000 in funding support for HKS faculty workshops and doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. Kennedy School doctoral students and faculty as well as post-doctoral students from the wider academic community are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2013. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center's Challenges to Democracy Grant program will award $150,000 in funding support for HKS faculty workshops and doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. Kennedy School doctoral students and faculty as well as post-doctoral students from the wider academic community are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2013. MoreĀ»

January 22, 2013 - HKS Hosts Film Screening & Discussion with Egyptian Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah  
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Egyptian Democratic Academy Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah, Slate Magazine Journalist Will Dobson, and Film Director Ben Moses will speak at a panel discussion moderated by HKS Professor Tarek Masoud about democratic movements in authoritarian regimes on January 28 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University directly following a film screening of A Whisper to a Roar. MoreĀ»

Egyptian Democratic Academy Activist Esraa Abdel Fattah, Slate Magazine Journalist Will Dobson, and Film Director Ben Moses will speak at a panel discussion moderated by HKS Professor Tarek Masoud about democratic movements in authoritarian regimes on January 28 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University directly following a film screening of A Whisper to a Roar. MoreĀ»

October 26, 2012 - MyFairElection Allows Voters to Rank Their Voting Experience on Election Day 2012  
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Today the Ash Center unveiled MyFairElection.com, a new crowd sourced election monitoring platform that allows voters across the United States to rate the quality of their voting experience during Election Day on November 6, 2012. MyFairElection empowers voters to take a more active role in monitoring their polling places and in improving the quality of elections and ballot access in the United States. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center unveiled MyFairElection.com, a new crowd sourced election monitoring platform that allows voters across the United States to rate the quality of their voting experience during Election Day on November 6, 2012. MyFairElection empowers voters to take a more active role in monitoring their polling places and in improving the quality of elections and ballot access in the United States. MoreĀ»

September 25, 2012 - Harvard's Ash Center Announces 111 Bright Ideas in Government  
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Today the Ash Center recognized 111 innovative government initiatives as Bright Ideas. This yearā€™s cohort hails from all levels of governmentā€”including school districts, county, city, state, and federal agencies as well as public-private partnershipsā€”and demonstrates a creative range of solutions to issues such as urban and rural degradation, environmental problems, and the academic achievement of students. Programs were evaluated and selected by a team of policy experts from academic and public sectors. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center recognized 111 innovative government initiatives as Bright Ideas. This yearā€™s cohort hails from all levels of governmentā€”including school districts, county, city, state, and federal agencies as well as public-private partnershipsā€”and demonstrates a creative range of solutions to issues such as urban and rural degradation, environmental problems, and the academic achievement of students. Programs were evaluated and selected by a team of policy experts from academic and public sectors. MoreĀ»

July 13, 2012 - Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center and USAID to Cooperate in Promoting Policy Innovation in the Mekong Region  
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Today the Ash Center and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced they will cooperate to support innovative policy research on the development challenges confronting the countries of the Lower Mekong Region and promote institutional innovation in higher education. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced they will cooperate to support innovative policy research on the development challenges confronting the countries of the Lower Mekong Region and promote institutional innovation in higher education. MoreĀ»

June 20, 2012 - Leading Academics & Practitioners Convene at Harvard to Discuss US-China Relations  
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Designed to encourage candid conversation and meaningful collaboration on key topics related to United States-China relations, the fourth Globalization Forum convened leading academics, advisors, and policymakers for a closed conference held June 18-20, 2012, at Harvard Kennedy School. Through both public addresses and panel discussions, participants explored a range of pertinent issues including international security and soft power, economic globalization, management of environmental resources, and the future of global governance. MoreĀ»

Designed to encourage candid conversation and meaningful collaboration on key topics related to United States-China relations, the fourth Globalization Forum convened leading academics, advisors, and policymakers for a closed conference held June 18-20, 2012, at Harvard Kennedy School. Through both public addresses and panel discussions, participants explored a range of pertinent issues including international security and soft power, economic globalization, management of environmental resources, and the future of global governance. MoreĀ»

May 10, 2012 - Ash Center Funds Student Experiential Learning Summer Projects  
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Today the Ash Center announced it will fund 23 students through experiential learning projects this summer. Students were selected as Summer Fellows in Innovation, HKS Indonesia Student Research Grantees, and Vietnam Program Interns and will collectively receive $106 thousand in support to defray research, travel, living costs. ā€œThe Ash Center is committed to supporting students throughout their time at HKS and best equipping them with the tools to succeed in the world of practice upon graduation,ā€ said Tony Saich, Ash Center director. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center announced it will fund 23 students through experiential learning projects this summer. Students were selected as Summer Fellows in Innovation, HKS Indonesia Student Research Grantees, and Vietnam Program Interns and will collectively receive $106 thousand in support to defray research, travel, living costs. ā€œThe Ash Center is committed to supporting students throughout their time at HKS and best equipping them with the tools to succeed in the world of practice upon graduation,ā€ said Tony Saich, Ash Center director. MoreĀ»

May 9, 2012 - Ash Center Announces 2012 Challenges to Democracy Grantees  
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Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced the recipients of its annual ā€œChallenges to Democracy Grantā€ program. In its inaugural year, this grant program devotes $350,000 in support of HKS faculty as well as doctoral and post-doctoral student research that explores both the ideals of democracy and its often imperfect practice in the real world. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced the recipients of its annual ā€œChallenges to Democracy Grantā€ program. In its inaugural year, this grant program devotes $350,000 in support of HKS faculty as well as doctoral and post-doctoral student research that explores both the ideals of democracy and its often imperfect practice in the real world. MoreĀ»

April 20, 2012 - Harvard Kennedy School Executive Program Aims to Better Coordinate National Guard and Coast Guard Crisis Response  
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With that goal in mind, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is hosting a group of 50 high-level National Guard and other senior leaders from various military and homeland security agencies from around the country for an Executive Education program designed to effect more coordinated and effective responses following natural disasters and other domestic emergencies. The General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar will take place in Cambridge on April 24-27. MoreĀ»

With that goal in mind, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is hosting a group of 50 high-level National Guard and other senior leaders from various military and homeland security agencies from around the country for an Executive Education program designed to effect more coordinated and effective responses following natural disasters and other domestic emergencies. The General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar will take place in Cambridge on April 24-27. MoreĀ»

February 27, 2012 - Ash Center Publishes Innovative Approaches to Helping Veterans  
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Today the Ash Center unveiled an array of innovative approaches to help veterans. The Better Welcome Home video library is aimed to educate the public about how to get involved. It represents the work of a diverse group of public and nonprofit organizations that took part in the Centerā€™s November conference, A Better Welcome Home: Transformative Models to Support Veterans and Their Families. Visit the video library here on the Ash Centerā€™s YouTube channel. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center unveiled an array of innovative approaches to help veterans. The Better Welcome Home video library is aimed to educate the public about how to get involved. It represents the work of a diverse group of public and nonprofit organizations that took part in the Centerā€™s November conference, A Better Welcome Home: Transformative Models to Support Veterans and Their Families. Visit the video library here on the Ash Centerā€™s YouTube channel. MoreĀ»

February 12, 2012 - Center for Economic Opportunity Wins Harvard Innovations in American Government Award  
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Today New York Cityā€™s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was announced as the winner of the Innovations in American Government Award by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. CEO was established by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to design, implement, and evaluate unique initiatives that combat urban poverty among New York Cityā€™s low-income workers, at-risk youth, and families with children. MoreĀ»

Today New York Cityā€™s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) was announced as the winner of the Innovations in American Government Award by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School. CEO was established by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to design, implement, and evaluate unique initiatives that combat urban poverty among New York Cityā€™s low-income workers, at-risk youth, and families with children. MoreĀ»

November 9, 2011 - Innovations in American Government Award Finalists Announced  
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Boston Public Schoolsā€™ Teacher Residency; Littleton, Coloradoā€™s Economic Gardening; New York Cityā€™s Center for Economic Opportunity and NYC Service; Oregonā€™s Statewide Land Use Program; and San Franciscoā€™s Healthy San Francisco were selected as finalists of the Innovations in American Government Award by public policy experts and practitioners from Harvard and other institutions around the country. These six government initiatives demonstrate creative problem solving to some of our nationā€™s most pressing issuesā€”education, economic development, poverty, civic services, and healthcareā€”and will compete for the Innovations in American Government Award to be announced in early 2012. MoreĀ»

Boston Public Schoolsā€™ Teacher Residency; Littleton, Coloradoā€™s Economic Gardening; New York Cityā€™s Center for Economic Opportunity and NYC Service; Oregonā€™s Statewide Land Use Program; and San Franciscoā€™s Healthy San Francisco were selected as finalists of the Innovations in American Government Award by public policy experts and practitioners from Harvard and other institutions around the country. These six government initiatives demonstrate creative problem solving to some of our nationā€™s most pressing issuesā€”education, economic development, poverty, civic services, and healthcareā€”and will compete for the Innovations in American Government Award to be announced in early 2012. MoreĀ»

November 3, 2011 - Ash Center Hosts "A Better Welcome Home"  
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As the country prepares to welcome large numbers of service men and women home from Iraq this winter, the A Better Welcome Home: Transformative Models to Support Veterans and Their Families conference at Harvard Kennedy School showcased a variety of innovative approaches to help veterans connect to their communities and leverage their strengths in a tough job market. ā€œThe good news is this country did learn the lesson of Vietnam: whether you are happy about the mission, you should always admire the service,ā€ said Dean David Ellwood in his opening remarks. MoreĀ»

As the country prepares to welcome large numbers of service men and women home from Iraq this winter, the A Better Welcome Home: Transformative Models to Support Veterans and Their Families conference at Harvard Kennedy School showcased a variety of innovative approaches to help veterans connect to their communities and leverage their strengths in a tough job market. ā€œThe good news is this country did learn the lesson of Vietnam: whether you are happy about the mission, you should always admire the service,ā€ said Dean David Ellwood in his opening remarks. MoreĀ»

October 4, 2011 - Ash Center Welcomes 64 New Fellows  
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The Ash Center for Democratic announced over 60 student and research fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year. Such fellows hail from around the world to study at the Ash Centerā€”from as far away as Malawi, Japan, and China to Palestine, Germany, Italy, and India. Their research topics mirror the diversity of the countries they represent: from clean water scarcity in rural Africa and environmental activism in Japan to challenges to Chinaā€™s governance policies and the automotive industry in Mexico. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic announced over 60 student and research fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year. Such fellows hail from around the world to study at the Ash Centerā€”from as far away as Malawi, Japan, and China to Palestine, Germany, Italy, and India. Their research topics mirror the diversity of the countries they represent: from clean water scarcity in rural Africa and environmental activism in Japan to challenges to Chinaā€™s governance policies and the automotive industry in Mexico. MoreĀ»

October 2, 2011 - Ash Center Hosts Fifth Annual China Goes Global Conference  
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The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia will host the fifth annual China Goes Global conference Sunday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Held at Harvard Kennedy School, this international research conference will convene over 100 participants from government, academic, nonprofit, and business sectors to present original, multi-disciplinary research on Chinaā€™s globalization. MoreĀ»

The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia will host the fifth annual China Goes Global conference Sunday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Held at Harvard Kennedy School, this international research conference will convene over 100 participants from government, academic, nonprofit, and business sectors to present original, multi-disciplinary research on Chinaā€™s globalization. MoreĀ»

September 14, 2011 - Harvard Kennedy School and Natixis to Host China Panel  
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Natixis Global Asset Management and Harvard Kennedy School will host a high level discussion on the factors driving the rapid expansion of Chinaā€™s economy and its current and future impact on the nation and regionā€™s economic climate. The IMF predicts Chinaā€™s economy will surpass that of America by 2016, and Americaā€™s share of the world output will fall to 17.7 percent, the lowest in modern times. MoreĀ»

Natixis Global Asset Management and Harvard Kennedy School will host a high level discussion on the factors driving the rapid expansion of Chinaā€™s economy and its current and future impact on the nation and regionā€™s economic climate. The IMF predicts Chinaā€™s economy will surpass that of America by 2016, and Americaā€™s share of the world output will fall to 17.7 percent, the lowest in modern times. MoreĀ»

May 2, 2011 - Top 25 Innovations in Government Announced  
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The Top 25 Innovations in Government represent the best in creative problem solving of local, state, and federal municipalities around the country and were selected from a pool of over 500 qualified government applicants. The programs offer unique solutions in health and wellness, social services delivery, the environment, economic development, and education policy areas. MoreĀ»

The Top 25 Innovations in Government represent the best in creative problem solving of local, state, and federal municipalities around the country and were selected from a pool of over 500 qualified government applicants. The programs offer unique solutions in health and wellness, social services delivery, the environment, economic development, and education policy areas. MoreĀ»

March 29, 2011 - Harvard Announces Bright Ideas in Government  
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This year's cohort of Bright Ideas addresses a host of pertinent issues including health care, education, performance management, civic engagement, and service delivery, and represents the creative and innovative programming of school districts, county, city, state, and federal agencies, as well as public-private partnerships. MoreĀ»

This year's cohort of Bright Ideas addresses a host of pertinent issues including health care, education, performance management, civic engagement, and service delivery, and represents the creative and innovative programming of school districts, county, city, state, and federal agencies, as well as public-private partnerships. MoreĀ»

October 4, 2010 - China Goes Global Conference Convenes at Harvard  
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The fourth annual China Goes Global conference will be held at HKS on October 6-8, 2010. Hosted by the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at the Ash Center, this event will convene scholars, business executives, and students from around the world to present original research on the political, economic, cultural, and social dimensions of the Chinaā€™s globalization. MoreĀ»

The fourth annual China Goes Global conference will be held at HKS on October 6-8, 2010. Hosted by the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia at the Ash Center, this event will convene scholars, business executives, and students from around the world to present original research on the political, economic, cultural, and social dimensions of the Chinaā€™s globalization. MoreĀ»

September 29, 2010 - New Bright Ideas Program Recognizes Innovative Government Programs  
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Today the Ash Center announced 173 government programs selected for its newly-created Bright Ideas program. In its inaugural year, Bright Ideas is designed to recognize and share creative government initiatives around the country with interested public sector, nonprofit, and academic communities. MoreĀ»

Today the Ash Center announced 173 government programs selected for its newly-created Bright Ideas program. In its inaugural year, Bright Ideas is designed to recognize and share creative government initiatives around the country with interested public sector, nonprofit, and academic communities. MoreĀ»

August 30, 2010 - New Ash Center Report Lauds Successes, Proposes Reforms for Indonesia  
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Formerly an authoritarian state, Indonesia has made impressive gains over the last 10 years as the worldā€™s first majority Muslim, multi-party democracy. The countryā€™s successes and challenges as a new democracy are the subject of the new report titled ā€œFrom Reformasi to Institutional Transformation: A Strategic Assessment of Indonesiaā€™s Prospects for Growth, Equity, and Democratic Governance.ā€ MoreĀ»

Formerly an authoritarian state, Indonesia has made impressive gains over the last 10 years as the worldā€™s first majority Muslim, multi-party democracy. The countryā€™s successes and challenges as a new democracy are the subject of the new report titled ā€œFrom Reformasi to Institutional Transformation: A Strategic Assessment of Indonesiaā€™s Prospects for Growth, Equity, and Democratic Governance.ā€ MoreĀ»

August 30, 2010 - Ash Center Welcomes New Fellows  
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The Center welcomes its inaugural Democracy Fellow, five Ford Foundation Mason Fellows, two Roy and Lila Ash Fellows in Democracy, and 19 Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia Fellows for the 2010-2011 academic year. MoreĀ»

The Center welcomes its inaugural Democracy Fellow, five Ford Foundation Mason Fellows, two Roy and Lila Ash Fellows in Democracy, and 19 Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia Fellows for the 2010-2011 academic year. MoreĀ»

July 29, 2010 - Improving Child Well-Being Forum Convenes City Policymakers  
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The policy impact forum ā€œImproving Child Well-Being: What Cities Can Doā€ will be held on Thursday, August 5 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. This half-day forum will examine innovations in child well-being policies and emphasize increasing and improving municipal responses to the needs of young children and their families. MoreĀ»

The policy impact forum ā€œImproving Child Well-Being: What Cities Can Doā€ will be held on Thursday, August 5 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. This half-day forum will examine innovations in child well-being policies and emphasize increasing and improving municipal responses to the needs of young children and their families. MoreĀ»

May 26, 2010 - Students Selected for Ash Summer Fellowships & Internships  
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Through Ash Center support, 21 students from Harvard Kennedy School and throughout the Harvard community will take part in on site research projects and public policy analyses in the U.S. and southeast Asia. MoreĀ»

Through Ash Center support, 21 students from Harvard Kennedy School and throughout the Harvard community will take part in on site research projects and public policy analyses in the U.S. and southeast Asia. MoreĀ»

May 10, 2010 - New Ash Center Report Charts Course for Assuring Transition to Next Generation Air Transportation System  
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How to leverage Americaā€™s current leadership in global aviation to assure primacy in the 21st century is the focus of a new report prepared by the Ash Center in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton. The report, ā€œAssuring the Transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System,ā€ synthesizes discussions and findings from a 2009 Executive Session held at HKS. MoreĀ»

How to leverage Americaā€™s current leadership in global aviation to assure primacy in the 21st century is the focus of a new report prepared by the Ash Center in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton. The report, ā€œAssuring the Transition to the Next Generation Air Transportation System,ā€ synthesizes discussions and findings from a 2009 Executive Session held at HKS. MoreĀ»

April 6, 2010 - Ash Center Unveils New Website  
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The enhanced site now reflects the integration and program development that the Center has accomplished over the past two years. Detailed content and graphics illustrate the Centerā€™s research and programs advancing excellence in governance and strengthening democratic institutions worldwide. MoreĀ»

The enhanced site now reflects the integration and program development that the Center has accomplished over the past two years. Detailed content and graphics illustrate the Centerā€™s research and programs advancing excellence in governance and strengthening democratic institutions worldwide. MoreĀ»

March 12, 2010 - Ash Center Hosts "Neighborhood Stabilization Boot Campā€  
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As foreclosure crisis worsens, national and local leaders convene to define game-changing solutions for stabilizing hard-hit communities and leveraging Federal funding. MoreĀ»

As foreclosure crisis worsens, national and local leaders convene to define game-changing solutions for stabilizing hard-hit communities and leveraging Federal funding. MoreĀ»

January 6, 2010 - Ash Center Receives $20.5 Million Gift from the Rajawali Foundation  
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At a time of tremendous economic growth and political transformation throughout East Asia, the Ash Center has announced a $20.5 million gift to launch an important new initiative designed to expand and strengthen the Schoolā€™s support for policy research and educational programming in Asia. MoreĀ»

At a time of tremendous economic growth and political transformation throughout East Asia, the Ash Center has announced a $20.5 million gift to launch an important new initiative designed to expand and strengthen the Schoolā€™s support for policy research and educational programming in Asia. MoreĀ»

September 30, 2009 - Harvard Hosts China Goes Global Conference  
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Convening academics, business leaders, and public officials from around the world, the conference will explore the increasingly global presence of Chinese firms and the resulting social, political, and economic influences of such globalization. MoreĀ»

Convening academics, business leaders, and public officials from around the world, the conference will explore the increasingly global presence of Chinese firms and the resulting social, political, and economic influences of such globalization. MoreĀ»

September 15, 2009 - 2009 Innovations in American Government Award Winners Announced  
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This yearā€™s award winners demonstrate unique solutions to some of our nationā€™s most pressing issues including economic development, education, mental health, health insurance, government transparency, and water scarcity. MoreĀ»

This yearā€™s award winners demonstrate unique solutions to some of our nationā€™s most pressing issues including economic development, education, mental health, health insurance, government transparency, and water scarcity. MoreĀ»

September 15, 2009 - District of Columbia's Data Feeds Wins Innovations Award  
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Designed to increase civic participation, government accountability, and transparency in D.C. government practices, D.C.'s Data Feeds: Democratization of Government Data is the first initiative in the country that makes virtually all current district government operational data available to the public in its raw form rather than in static, edited reports. MoreĀ»

Designed to increase civic participation, government accountability, and transparency in D.C. government practices, D.C.'s Data Feeds: Democratization of Government Data is the first initiative in the country that makes virtually all current district government operational data available to the public in its raw form rather than in static, edited reports. MoreĀ»

September 15, 2009 - Kingsport's Higher Education Initiative Wins Innovations Award  
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In order to reverse Kingsport's impending economic crisis, Kingsport launched a successful ā€˜Educate and Growā€™ campaign to attract new business investment to the region by upgrading the quality of its workforce. MoreĀ»

In order to reverse Kingsport's impending economic crisis, Kingsport launched a successful ā€˜Educate and Growā€™ campaign to attract new business investment to the region by upgrading the quality of its workforce. MoreĀ»

September 15, 2009 - Mapping Evapotranspiration Wins Innovations Award  
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In collaboration with the University of Idaho, Idahoā€™s Department of Water Resources is the first government agency in the nation to develop and use satellite-based evapotranspiration imagery to enhance the understanding of agricultural water usage in the state. MoreĀ»

In collaboration with the University of Idaho, Idahoā€™s Department of Water Resources is the first government agency in the nation to develop and use satellite-based evapotranspiration imagery to enhance the understanding of agricultural water usage in the state. MoreĀ»

September 15, 2009 - Massachusetts Health Reform Wins Innovations in American Government Award  
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As the country explores ways to expand access and reduce costs to health care, Massachusettsā€™ innovation is a key focus of the national debate. This independent state authority increases the pool of citizens with health insurance in Massachusetts, a central mandate of the stateā€™s health reform law of 2006. MoreĀ»

As the country explores ways to expand access and reduce costs to health care, Massachusettsā€™ innovation is a key focus of the national debate. This independent state authority increases the pool of citizens with health insurance in Massachusetts, a central mandate of the stateā€™s health reform law of 2006. MoreĀ»

September 15, 2009 - New Leaders for New Schools Wins Innovations Award  
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New Leaders for New Schools is built on the premise that any student can succeed under the supervision of supportive school leadership. The program attracts high caliber individuals from both academic and corporate sectors to lead historically underserved and underperforming urban schools. MoreĀ»

New Leaders for New Schools is built on the premise that any student can succeed under the supervision of supportive school leadership. The program attracts high caliber individuals from both academic and corporate sectors to lead historically underserved and underperforming urban schools. MoreĀ»

September 15, 2009 - Wraparound Milwaukee Wins Innovations Award  
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As part of Milwaukee Countyā€™s Department of Health and Human Services, Wraparound Milwaukee is the first government-operated managed care service designed to treat emotionally disturbed youth in the home setting. MoreĀ»

As part of Milwaukee Countyā€™s Department of Health and Human Services, Wraparound Milwaukee is the first government-operated managed care service designed to treat emotionally disturbed youth in the home setting. MoreĀ»

May 18, 2009 - Three Children and Family Service Initiatives Named Among Nation's Most Innovative Government Programs  
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Selected by social services policy experts and practitioners from Harvard and institutions around the country, these three government initiatives demonstrate a commitment to public sector reforms that benefit disadvantaged children and families. MoreĀ»

Selected by social services policy experts and practitioners from Harvard and institutions around the country, these three government initiatives demonstrate a commitment to public sector reforms that benefit disadvantaged children and families. MoreĀ»

May 18, 2009 - Innovations in American Government Finalists Announced  
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These 16 programs represent innovations at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government and were selected from a pool of over 600 initial applicants after rigorous rounds of evaluation. MoreĀ»

These 16 programs represent innovations at the city, county, state, and federal levels of government and were selected from a pool of over 600 initial applicants after rigorous rounds of evaluation. MoreĀ»

May 15, 2009 - Ash Center Announces Summer Fellows  
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The Ash Center today announced its student fellows for the 2009 summer term. Nine Harvard Kennedy School degree students will participate in Innovations, Urban Policy, or Latin American Government on-site summer fellowships. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center today announced its student fellows for the 2009 summer term. Nine Harvard Kennedy School degree students will participate in Innovations, Urban Policy, or Latin American Government on-site summer fellowships. MoreĀ»

March 31, 2009 - Ash Center Announces Top 50 Innovations in Government  
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Representing the work of city, county, state, federal, and tribal government agencies, the Top 50 were selected from over 600 applicants. MoreĀ»

Representing the work of city, county, state, federal, and tribal government agencies, the Top 50 were selected from over 600 applicants. MoreĀ»

March 31, 2009 - Semifinalists for Annie E. Casey Innovations in Children and Family System Reform Award Announced  
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The Ash Center today announced the semifinalists for the 2009 Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform. These six programs offer meaningful public sector reforms that benefit disadvantaged children and families. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center today announced the semifinalists for the 2009 Annie E. Casey Innovations Award in Children and Family System Reform. These six programs offer meaningful public sector reforms that benefit disadvantaged children and families. MoreĀ»

February 12, 2009 - Ash Center Welcomes Rajawali Fellows  
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The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today announced 11 new fellows for the spring 2009 term. MoreĀ»

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today announced 11 new fellows for the spring 2009 term. MoreĀ»

February 5, 2009 - Ash Hosts Inaugural Panel on Democratic Governance  
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ā€œThis is one of the defining moments of the school,ā€ Dean David Ellwood announced at Wednesdayā€™s (Feb. 5, 2009) Ash Center inaugural panel ā€œDemocracy in the 21st Century: Global Challenges and Opportunities.ā€ MoreĀ»

ā€œThis is one of the defining moments of the school,ā€ Dean David Ellwood announced at Wednesdayā€™s (Feb. 5, 2009) Ash Center inaugural panel ā€œDemocracy in the 21st Century: Global Challenges and Opportunities.ā€ MoreĀ»

November 13, 2008 - Ash Center Announces Major Initiative on Effective Governance  
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Under the new plan, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) will focus on the study, teaching, and dissemination of solutions to real world problems facing democratic governance. MoreĀ»

Under the new plan, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) will focus on the study, teaching, and dissemination of solutions to real world problems facing democratic governance. MoreĀ»

October 16, 2008 - Institute for Asia Inaugurates Masterā€™s in Public Policy Program at Vietnamā€™s Fulbright School  
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Today the Rajawali Institute for Asia of the Ash Center announced the launch of its two-year Masterā€™s in Public Policy (MPP) program at the Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. MoreĀ»

Today the Rajawali Institute for Asia of the Ash Center announced the launch of its two-year Masterā€™s in Public Policy (MPP) program at the Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. MoreĀ»

April 1, 2008 - Ash Center Announces Results of Innovations Awards Survey  
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Over 87 Percent Report Significant Impact Due to Award; 78 Percent Have Replicated Innovation in Multiple Jurisdictions. MoreĀ»

Over 87 Percent Report Significant Impact Due to Award; 78 Percent Have Replicated Innovation in Multiple Jurisdictions. MoreĀ»