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Converting Ideas Into Action: Next Steps for Smarter Crowdsourcing Against Corruption

August 16th, 2017

Over the past eight weeks, The GovLab, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Mexico’s Secretariat of the Civil Service (Secretaría de la Función Pública, or SFP), held a series of online conferences to generate new, actionable ideas in the fight against corruption in Mexico. Using The GovLab’s Smarter Crowdsourcing method, a collaborative […]

The GovLab Welcomes a New Director of Communications

August 7th, 2017

Innovative Action-Research Center Expands Communications Team to Amplify Its Work in Open Data and Open Governance The Governance Lab is pleased to announce that Timi Lewis has joined as Director of Communications. Timi will lead public relations, social media, digital media, and external engagement for the action-research center based at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. […]

Why We Should Care About Bad Data

August 2nd, 2017

At a time of open and big data, data-led and evidence-based policy making has great potential to improve problem solving but will have limited, if not harmful, effects if the underlying components are riddled with bad data. Why should we care about bad data? What do we mean by bad data? And what are the […]

The GovLab Releases Groundbreaking Report Detailing Why and How Open Data Matters for Developing Economies

July 19th, 2017

New Report Provides Framework to Understand Evidence and Improve Future Open Data Initiatives; Expands Insights and Practices Gathered from 12 Case Studies of Developing Economies; Identifies 27 Success Factors in a Unique Periodic Table of Open Data; and Offers Recommendations BROOKLYN, New York –Today, The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering has […]

Moving Toward Automatic Benefits in New York City

June 30th, 2017

On Tuesday, GovLab’s director, Professor Beth Simone Noveck, appeared at a hearing of the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare to provide expert testimony in support of a bill aimed at easing the process of applying for public benefits. This bill, entitled “Notification of Public Assistance Eligibility,” was introduced originally in 2015 by Councilmember […]

The GovLab Index: Collective Intelligence

June 27th, 2017

By Hannah Pierce and Audrie Pirkl Please find below the next installment in The GovLab Index series inspired by the Harper’s Index. Following the 2017 Collective Intelligence Conference, this installment highlights outcomes, impacts and trends related to efforts to tap into collective intelligence toward solving public problems. We begin with a selection of statistics across […]

Data, Solidarity and Philanthropy

June 19th, 2017

By Natalia Adler (UNICEF) and Stefaan G. Verhulst (GovLab) How do you tackle the world’s most complex socio-economic problems at a time of big data? It is widely recognized today that using data can greatly improve decision-making, optimize operations, and lead to new insights to address increasingly complex problems such as migration, obesity, urbanization, climate […]

Announcing the Data Collaboratives Research Network: Understanding how public value can be generated from private data

June 14th, 2017

by Iryna Susha and Stefaan G. Verhulst Last week the CUNY College of Staten Island, NY welcomed participants in the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o). This year’s dg.o conference hosted a keynote plenary panel titled “Data Collaboratives: How to Create Value from Data for Public Problem Solving?” The panel brought together academics […]

Smarter Crowdsourcing Against Corruption

May 25th, 2017

“Introducing the Smarter Crowdsourcing Against Corruption Initiative,” reposted from The Smarter Crowdsourcing Blog by Dinorah Cantu and Beth Simone Noveck The GovLab: “To identify and implement innovative approaches for fighting corruption, we at The Governance Lab (GovLab) are partnering with Mexico’s Secretaría de la Función Pública (Secretariat of the Civil Service) and the Inter-American Development Bank… […]

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