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The GovLab Selected Readings on Open Data for Developing Economies

By Andrew Young, Stefaan Verhulst, and Juliet McMurren This edition of the GovLab Selected Readings was developed as part of the Open Data for Developing Economies research project (in collaboration with WebFoundation, USAID and fhi360). Special thanks to Maurice McNaughton, Francois van Schalkwyk, Fernando Perini, Michael Canares and David Opoku for their input on an early draft. Please contact […]

Creating Simpler, More Effective Government Services for Everyone

The GovLab, Pivotal and the 21st Century Democracy and Technology Meetup recently hosted a talk by Jen Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, on deploying simpler, more effective government services for everyone. Pahlka shared insights gained from her time leading efforts to improve government services […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Data Collaboratives (Updated and Expanded)

By Neil Britto, David Sangokoya, Iryna Susha, Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. In […]

Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX) Announces New Partners and New Publications

Launched in April, the Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX) seeks to improve the evidence base on how to change the way we solve problems and make decisions by curating and making accessible a diversity of findings on innovations in governance. We are delighted to share some recent updates: CONTENT: The site has since expanded substantially […]

New Project: Data Collaboratives to Improve Children’s Lives

As public problems grow in complexity and increasingly require new insights, decision-makers both inside and outside government have begun exploring ways to be more data-driven and collaborative. Several of society’s greatest challenges—from addressing climate change to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals—require greater access to data, ability to analyze particular kinds of datasets, and collaboration between […]

NEW Platform for Sharing Research on Opening Governance: The Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX)

Today,  The GovLab, in collaboration with founding partners mySociety and the World Bank’s Digital Engagement Evaluation Team are launching the Open Governance Research Exchange (OGRX), a new platform for sharing research and findings on innovations in governance. From crowdsourcing to nudges to open data to participatory budgeting, more open and innovative ways to tackle society’s […]

Studying Data-Driven and Collaborative Innovation in Governance

By Andrew Young and Stefaan Verhulst Two years ago, the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance was launched to build an empirical foundation and fundamental understanding of how the redesign of democratic institutions influences effectiveness and legitimacy in governance, to the end of improving people’s lives. Much has changed since. Interest in open government has increased […]

Out to Tinder: Beth Simone Noveck on using citizen expertise in government

By Gavin Freeguard, cross-posted from Institute for Government Government needs to be better at ‘dating’ its citizens and match demand to supply like Tinder, according to Professor Beth Simone Noveck. But rather than being a match of the romantic variety – the dating app’s speciality – this is about matching citizen expertise to the challenges government […]

New #ODimpact Release: How is Open Data Creating Economic Opportunities and Solving Public Problems?

Proponents of open data have long argued that the release of government information to the public could result in meaningful impact for citizens. To date, though, little evidence has demonstrated the real-world impacts of open data. Indeed, the field has lacked a taxonomy or framework to help measure and assess the effects of the broad […]

The Innovation the Grantmaking Process Needs

By Beth Simone Noveck and Andrew Young Cross-posted from Governing The way governments give out money to solve problems is stuck in the past. Challenge.gov, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this fall, is a federal website that showcases requests by government agencies for the public to tackle hard problems in exchange for cash prizes and other […]