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How Cities Can Improve their Procurement of Goods and Services

October 4, 2016
GPL Assistant Director Hanna Azemati and Professor Liebman coauthored a chapter in the Manhattan Institute's newly published book, Retooling Metropolis. Based on the Government Performance Lab's work with cities, this chapter discusses cities' top ten contracting and procurement challenges as well as how cities can address these by treating procurement as a strategic priority and managing contracts in an active and performance-focused way. Case studies of exemplary approaches to procurements and contracts include Boston's problem-focused website redesign procurement, Seattle's reform of the... Read more about How Cities Can Improve their Procurement of Goods and Services

DC Water Closes Historic Deal

September 29, 2016
"The DC Water and Sewer Authority closed on a historic deal Thursday, issuing the nation's first Environmental Impact Bond to fund the initial green infrastructure project in its DC Clean Rivers Project." DC Water Closes Historic Deal. Bond Buyer Magazine.

DC Water Launches Nation's First Environmental Impact Bond

September 29, 2016
On September 29th, the DC Water and Sewer Authority issued the nation's first Environmental Impact Bond. This $25 million bond issuance will fund the initial green infrastructure installation in DC Water's Clean Rivers Project _ a project that aims to reduce combined sewage overflows (CSOs) into the Anacostia River, Potomac River, and Rock Creek tributaries. Read more.

Connecticut Launches PFS Project

September 28, 2016
On September 28th, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced the launch of the Department of Children and Families' PFS project. The project will expand treatment by Family Based Recovery (FBR) clinicians providing substance use recovery and parenting support services to approximately 500 families in order to increase family stability and prevent removals of children from their homes. Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner Rafael Lopez, DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, and Social Finance CEO Tracy Palandjian participated in the launch event round table along with FBR case... Read more about Connecticut Launches PFS Project

City of Seattle Launches Results-Driven Contracting Project to Address Homelessness

September 27, 2016
The City of Seattle is implementing a results-driven contracting project with five homelessness service providers. With technical assistance from the GPL, Seattle has rewritten its contracts to focus on the goals of achieving permanent housing stability for homeless individuals and families. On September 29th, 2016, the City of Seattle and the GPL co-hosted a convening introducing the project and featuring panels with representatives from Seattle's Office of the Mayor and Human Services Department and officials from the cities speaking on the challenges and successful strategies for... Read more about City of Seattle Launches Results-Driven Contracting Project to Address Homelessness

Michigan Launches PFS Project

September 23, 2016
Michigan formally announced the launch of a PFS project, developed with GPL technical assistance, to expand the Strong Beginnings program, an initiative that provides expanded home visiting services to high-risk pregnant women, with additional services for children extending from infants to age 2. The project partners held their first Executive Committee meeting this week. Read more.

Professor Liebman Participates in Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

September 9, 2016
Professor Liebman, who was named to the congressional Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking in April, attended the second meeting of the Commission on September 9th. As part of its work to strengthen the government's evidence-building efforts, the Commission heard from experts presenting on federal and state approaches to privacy, confidentiality, and data security issues.

Editorial: Using Data for Better Services in St. Paul

September 7, 2016
Scott Cordes, St. Paul's Director of Innovation and Budget, discusses how the Bloomberg Philanthropies 'What Works Cities' initiative is working in St. Paul. "Editorial: Using data for better services in St. Paul" Twin Cities Pioneer Press.