The 2009 winners of the Innovations in American Government Awards, given each year since 1986 by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance & Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, have been announced. They represent inventive public-sector programs that local, state, or federal governments might want to emulate. And they answer the question, “what government ‘innovations’ have proven to work?” Companies could also learn from their ideas, or at least seek them as public-private partners.
I wrote a story and slideshow featuring details on the 16 programs chosen as finalists for their novelty, significance, effectiveness, and transferability to other organization, earlier this year. The piece offered some context to the awards, including the fact that the Obama administration has tapped past winners. Here is the list of the 2009 honorees:
Commonwealth Health Connector Authority, Massachusetts
Data Feeds: Democratization of Government Data – Washington, D.C.
Higher Education Initiative – Kingsport, TN
Mapping Evapotranspiration – Idaho
New Leaders for New Schools – Chicago Public School District
Wraparound Milwaukee – Milwaukee County, WI
What comes next? The Bloomberg Businessweek Innovation and Design blog chronicles new tools for creativity and collaboration, innovation case studies in both the corporate and social sectors, and the new ideas that have the power to change the way things have always been done.