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Partners in Innovation



The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion.

The Center’s Innovations in Government Program is comprised of individual projects that work together to produce a cohesive marketplace for the exchange of best practices and successful innovations in the public sector. The Program highlights exemplary models of government innovation and advances efforts to address the nation’s most pressing public concerns through the Innovations in American Government Awards Program, the Government Innovators Network, and a number of other initiatives designed to foster creative and effective problem-solving in government.

The Innovations in American Government (IAG) Awards Program is the nation’s preeminent program devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. After a rigorous process of identification and evaluation of applicants, a national selection committee of distinguished scholars and practitioners chooses the winning programs, which receive grant funding and significant press coverage.

The IAG Awards Program has received over 27,000 applications and recognized nearly 500 winners and finalists, as well as many more promising practices and “Bright Ideas,” since it was established in 1985 with funding from the Ford Foundation. 

The program further supports the growth of our online community with the Government Innovators Network, an online marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation for policymakers and practitioners. In addition to housing a database of winners and finalists of the IAG Awards, the Network stimulates new ideas through its webinars, newsletter, and other publications. The Government Innovators Network also supports the Global Public Innovation Network, a collaboration of awards programs from around the globe dedicated to recognizing and disseminating local government innovations.

For more information on these and other activities of the Ash Center, please visit www.ash.harvard.edu.

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