Participedia's research goal is to develop a large article and database that will support evidence-based answers to the question: What kinds of participatory processes work best, for what purposes, and under what conditions? We hope that you and other practitioners, academics, and students from across the globe will be part of this endeavor, through either contributing content or sharing your analysis of the data found on this site. MoreÂ»
Democracy in Hard Places goes beyond current theory on the empirical evidence of democracyâ€™s value to look at the structural relationships in democratic practices in the developed and developing world. This area of study explores potential trade-offs between human rights and economic development, and evaluates why this form of government can work so well in some countries while failing in others. MoreÂ»
The Transparency Policy Project constructs a framework for assessing the sustainability and effectiveness of government-mandated systems designed to provide the public with critical information to improve public health and safety, reduce risks to investors, minimize corruption, and improve public services. MoreÂ»
The Ash Center and USAID have entered into a partnership to work together to strengthen public policy analysis capacity in the countries of the Lower Mekong Regionâ€”including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnamâ€”by planning new policy research projects focused on some the most vexing dilemmas in the region, including promoting knowledge-intensive economic activity, stewarding natural resources, and forging more effective regional cooperation mechanisms. A special emphasis is placed on protecting the regionâ€™s shared water resources, including the Mekong River watershed.
Data-Smart City Solutions is working to catalyze adoption of data projects on the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field. The projectâ€™s research focus is the intersection of government and data, ranging from open data and predictive analytics to civic engagement technology MoreÂ»
The project is a five-year, multi-country study on the impact of community-led transparency and accountability initiatives on health outcomes. In phase one of the project, the Transparency for Development team is working with local civil society organization partners in Indonesia and Tanzania to design an intervention that will be evaluated using a randomized controlled trial impact evaluation. The study will expand into additional countries for phase two of the project.
The Myanmar Program, in partnership with Proximity, is engaged in producing informed and opinionated research for those who want to transform Myanmar from a poor, conflict-ridden, authoritarian state to a democratic, united, and thriving nation. This is as complicated as Myanmarâ€™s history and current situation, in which many groups have been oppressed and marginalized. Such research requires the deep knowledge and connections which Proximity offers and requires contacts with government, legislative, ethnic, opposition, business, and other groups. MoreÂ»
The Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative (AESI) leverages the Ash Centerâ€™s depth in the study of governance and policy innovation in Asia, the Belfer Centerâ€™s expertise in energy technology and energy policy, and draws on the Sustainability Science Programâ€™s system-based analysis of sustainable development. MoreÂ»
With the arrival of Somerville, MA Mayor Joseph Curtatone and his former chief of staff, Janice Delory, as fellows at the Center, we will launch an ambitious opportunity for HKS students in which their experiential learning in the field becomes the basis for new academic research on the process of innovation. Ash assistant professor Quinton Mayne is designing the research model to collect data and analyze the results of the intervention, identifying common data points across the three cities, significant contextual differences in each cityâ€™s approach to the innovation, and the ingredients of success and failure.