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CrowdLaw: People-led Innovation in Urban Lawmaking

By Victoria Alsina Beginning today, the GovLab is organizing a three-day conference taking place in the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center located at the heart of Lake Como in Northern Italy. We start from the premise that crowdlaw, especially at the municipal level, could offer the potential for a two-way conversation that could channel more and […]

If You Build It, Will They Come? A Case for Demand-Driven Open Data

Anniversaries allow us to pause, reflect and consider plans for what can come next. The second annual NYC Open Data Week, taking place from March 3-10, 2018, provides a similar occasion for members of the burgeoning open data movement to take stock of the distance traveled and consider strategies for advancing to the next stage. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NEW book: Open Data in Developing Economies: Toward Building an Evidence Base on What Works and How

Yesterday, we launched in Washington DC our latest (open access) book on “Open Data in Developing Economies: Toward Building an Evidence Base on What Works and How“. Publisher African Minds “Recent years have witnessed considerable speculation about the potential of open data to bring about wide-scale transformation. The bulk of existing evidence about the impact […]