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Solving Public Problems with Data: Empowering Public Entrepreneurs to Use Data in Their Everyday Work

By Dinorah Cantú-Pedraza and Sam DeJohn This month, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 (HR 4174). In a year distinctive for the absence of legislative consensus, this bipartisan bill was based on the recommendation of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking whose 15 expert members declared in […]

Meet us in Paris?

For the third consecutive year The GovLab is getting ready to participate in the Open Government Partnership Global Summit. This year’s OGP Summit will be held in Paris, France on December 7th-9th. The annual event’s international collection of representatives from across sectors will once again “gather to share their experiences and best practices and push […]

Introducing PolicyAtlas – An Encyclopedia for Public Policy

Guest post by Neil Reilly, GovLab Academy Coaching Programs Alumnus. Project: an online, wiki-based, encyclopedia of public policy concepts from which policymakers can find ideas. How it Works: individual, genericized policy concepts receive their own, user-contributed entries that cover issues like: What is the policy? What are its tradeoffs? Who are its supporters and opponents? […]

Demos for Democracy featuring, Por Mi Barrio

The GovLab presents Demos for Democracy, an ongoing series of live, interactive online demos featuring designers and builders of the latest innovative governance platforms, tools or methods to foster greater openness and collaboration to how we govern. On February 24, 2016, we hosted an interview and demo with Fernando Uval of Data Uruguay’s Por Mi […]

Crowdsourcing Innovations in Disaster Management for Cotopaxi

The City of Quito, Ecuador needs help to prepare for the likely eruption of the Cotopaxi Volcano situated 30 miles from Quito. Cotopaxi is currently spewing ash (latest images here). The last large-scale eruption was in 1877, and it is believed that another one is now inevitable. If it erupts, some communities will have less than […]

Intellibins LLC Announces Launch of Private Beta Mobile App

A mobile app designed to revolutionize public recycling by providing users with step-by-step navigation NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK – June 18, 2015 – Intellibins LLC, a New York City based start-up, announces the private beta release of Intellibins™, available on the iOS and Android market. The Intellibins app is an easy-to-use, location-based mobile app giving […]

From the Classroom to the Community: A Student’s Journey post-Solving Public Problems Using Technology

By: Laura E. Patterson Like many Millennials, I’ve always had an interest in creating a project that I believed could change the world in some small way. After graduation from undergrad, I accidentally ended up building a career in education, a field that I had an interest in, but I had always seen as a […]

GovLab Academy Coaching Programs Updates!

At the end of the first session of the Academy’s Coaching Program on Citizen Science, Francois Grey recommended that all participants read Tim Berners-Lee’s Information Management: A Proposal, the foundational document of the World Wide Web. When asked why, he noted there was real value in seeing the future through the eyes of someone who is about to make […]

Demos for Democracy, featuring Topi

The GovLab presents Demos for Democracy, an ongoing series of live, interactive online demos featuring designers and builders of the latest innovative governance platforms, tools or methods to foster greater openness and collaboration to how we govern. Topi: connecting people in a random world February 26, 2015, we had a conversation withTopi’s founder and CEO, […]

Demos for Democracy, featuring Screendoor

The GovLab presents Demos for Democracy, an ongoing series of live, interactive online demos featuring designers and builders of the latest innovative governance platforms, tools or methods to foster greater openness and collaboration to how we govern. Screendoor: supercharged forms online On February 12, 2015 we had a conversation with Joshua Goldstein, CEO of the Department […]