Tag Archives: New Research

The GovLab Index: Trust in Institutions (Updated and Expanded)

The GovLab Index: Trust in Institutions, (Updated) Please find below the next installment in The GovLab Index series inspired by the Harper’s Index. ‘The GovLab Index: Trust in Institutions — November 2013’ provides an update on our previous Trust in Institutions installment, in light of developments in the past few months including the U.S. government […]

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NEW Publication: “Reimagining Governance in Practice: Benchmarking British Columbia’s Citizen Engagement Efforts”

Over the last few years, the Government of British Columbia (BC), Canada has initiated a variety of practices and policies aimed at providing more legitimate and effective governance. Leveraging advances in technology, the BC Government has focused on changing how it engages with its citizens with the goal of optimizing the way it seeks input and […]

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The GovLab Index: The Data Universe

The GovLab Index: The Data Universe Please find below the next installment in The GovLab Index series, brought to you by GovLab Research and inspired by Harper’s Index. The GovLab Index: The Data Universe, highlights global trends in Big Data and the creation of and sharing of digital information. Previous installments included The Networked Public, Participation […]

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OMB Memo: Start measuring, learning and innovating

Before we, as a society, try to change how we solve problems and plan new initiatives we need to know what has worked already and what hasn’t.  Over the past few decades there have been renewed calls to measure the impact of societal initiatives in order to allocate resources wisely and understand what to continue, […]

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Toward Collaborative Governance – an interview with Beth Noveck

Recently, Beth Noveck,  founder and director of the GovLab, outlined her vision for collaborative governance in an interview with Joel Gurin, who has now joined the GovLab as a senior advisor.  Joel is the author of an upcoming book on Open Data, which he writes about at OpenDataNow.com. The interview focuses on new ways of […]

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How we set up the perfect policy lab?

In the The Guardian today Abhinay Muthoo and Siobhan Benita , both at the University of Warwick, are announcing the creation of a new attempt to align “academia with Whitehall”, called “The Warwick Policy Lab” (WPL). The vision behind WPL: “It will be driven by evidence, not ideology, and will therefore be able to apply […]

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Big Data and Academia: the launch of Rennselaer IDEA

“Big Data” is all over the news these days, and has gained both positive and negative connotations. The origins of the term “Big Data” are somewhat mysterious. In a paper examining the phenomenon, Francis Diebold, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, concludes that the term probably began to be used informally within the private […]

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“Groupy Once More”: J. Richard Hackman on Group Behavior and Performance

This week family and friends of the late Richard Hackman, who passed away in January, gather in Cambridge, Massachusetts to celebrate his life and work. He devoted his career as a social and organizational psychologist to studying what makes groups from spies to orchestras to sports teams (he was a huge fan of Harvard Women’s […]

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A new vocabulary for the 21st Century: “slacktivism”

Research featured in the New Scientists focuses on the impact of so-called “slacktivism”, or “low-cost, low-risk online activism”, on subsequent civic action.  A detailed analysis of  slacktivism was developed by Henrik Serup Christensen in his 2011 paper in First Monday where he defined the concept and its origin as follows: “Slacktivism has become somewhat of […]

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