The Open Governance Research eXchange (OGRX) expands to include 999 Papers and 18 Partners – Help us meet new milestones in 2018!

The Open Governance Research eXchange (OGRX) began with a few ideas and a few key partners seeking to develop answers and solutions to an important question: How to make  governance innovation more evidence based by making key findings on what works and why more accessible? An ever-changing landscape not only requires innovation in how we […]

City Challenges: Collaborative Governing for Public Problem Solving

By Beth Simone Noveck and Dinorah Cantú-Pedraza. Originally posted on Forbes. DesafiosSP: An Experiment in Collaborative Urban Governance City Councilmember Graciela Reyes was elected as one of Mexico’s first independent councillors for the Municipality of San Pedro, an affluent mid-sized community of about 150,000 outside the Mexican city of Monterrey about two hours from Texas. […]

Our Opportunity for More Data-Driven Nonprofit Program Evaluation

By Tracey Gyateng and Beth Simone Noveck. Posted originally in SSIR on January 24, 2018 Last November, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 (HR 4174), and it looks slated to pass the Senate this year. In an era known for the absence of legislative consensus, this bipartisan bill […]

Congress Is Broken. CrowdLaw Could Help Fix It

Originally posted on Forbes on January 23, 2018. The government was closed for business this weekend. It is, thus, hardly any surprise that the American public lacks trust in its legislature. Just eight percent of people say they have a great deal of confidence in the institution, according to a recent poll. A late-night government shutdown, […]

Solving Urban Challenges Through People-Led Innovation

More and more people live in urban settings. At the same time, and often resulting from the growing urban population, cities worldwide are increasingly confronted with complex environmental, social, and economic shocks and stresses. When seeking to develop adequate and sustainable responses to these challenges, cities are realizing that traditional methods and existing resources often […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Data, Gender, and Mobility

By Michelle Winowatan, Andrew Young, and Stefaan Verhulst 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. This selection of readings is […]

The Social Dynamics of Open Data

New (Open Access) Book by Francois van Schalkwyk, Stefaan Verhulst, Gustavo Magalhaes, Juan Pane & Johanna Walker (eds): “The Social Dynamics of Open Data is a collection of peer reviewed papers presented at the 2nd Open Data Research Symposium (ODRS) held in Madrid, Spain, on 5 October 2016. Research is critical to developing a more rigorous and fine-combed […]

Book Review: How to Mobilize Group Intelligence

Cross-posted from Nature (vol 551) Nov 30, 2017 Beth Simone Noveck reviews Geoff Mulgan’s new book, Big Mind: How collective intelligence can change our world Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14, Dana Lewis got used to hassle: using a portable glucose monitor to measure her blood sugar levels, and then calculating […]

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 […]

Legislature 2.0: CrowdLaw and the Future of Lawmaking

By Beth Noveck, Gabriella Capone and Victoria Alsina Re-Imagining Lawmaking With rates of trust in government at all-time lows, the legitimacy and effectiveness of traditional representative models of lawmaking, typically dominated by political party agendas and conducted by professional staff and politicians working behind largely closed doors, are called into question. But technology offers the […]