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Social Impact Bonds 101

Social Impact Bonds are an innovative new financing tool for social programs that allow government to focus on approaches that work—without paying a dime for unsuccessful programs, write Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Thursday, March 22, 2012

Principles for Postal Service Reform

It is possible to enact reforms that resolve the postal service’s financial crisis while minimizing negative effects in communities across our country, writes Kristina Costa.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, March 15, 2012

Streamlining the Business and Government Interface

Sean Pool explains why the new Business USA portal is a key first step in bringing scattered federal programs together in one place to be more effective and efficient in helping business.

By Sean Pool | Thursday, February 23, 2012

Washington State Shows What Works

Kristina Costa explores the state’s telling investment in an institute that judges the effectiveness of programs for beneficiaries and taxpayers.

By Kristina Costa | Friday, February 10, 2012

Finding ‘What Works’ in Education

Kristina Costa explores “what works” platforms in education, pointing out their current limitations and also their importance in times of tight budgets.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, February 9, 2012

Doing What Doesn’t Work

Jitinder Kohli outlines the importance of government agencies focusing resources on programs that work, not ones like this criminal-justice program run amok.

By Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, February 8, 2012

‘Pay-for-Success’ Bonds Gain Adherents: Innovative Social Service Financing to Be Put to the Test

Jitinder Kohli and Douglas J. Besharov describe recent progress in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and New York City toward adopting pay-for-success bonds.

By Jitinder Kohli and Douglas J. Besharov | Thursday, February 2, 2012

Obama’s Government Reform Plan

John D. Podesta applauds President Obama’s plan to reshape the federal government to boost U.S. economic competitiveness.

By John Podesta | Friday, January 13, 2012

Smarter, Better, Leaner, Greener

If Congress wants to improve its approval ratings and do positive work for our nation, it would do well to consider these 12 resolutions for 2012, writes Sally Steenland.

By Sally Steenland | Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Diagnostic Tool to Help You Innovate

This diagnostic quiz will help you identify your agency’s strengths and weaknesses on innovation, and offer advice on what to try next.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Developing a Plan to Change Agency Culture

Jitinder Kohli describes how government agencies should develop plans to promote a culture of innovation.

By Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Incentives and Responsiveness

Vicki Sellick describes two ways government agencies can offer incentives to nurture innovations that meet the most pressing social challenges.

By Vicki Sellick | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

An Open Agency Culture Is Key to Innovation

Kristina Costa takes a tour of successful social innovations and discovers that a common ingredient they share is “permeability,” or the willingness to be open to new ideas, technologies, and collaborative opportunities.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Diversity in the Senior Ranks of the Federal Government

play_alt icon Video Jitinder Kohli talks about the importance of increasing diversity in the highest levels of government.

By Jitinder Kohli | Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Importance of Leadership in Social Innovation

Jitinder Kohli discusses the role leaders must play to build an innovation culture in their agencies, encouraging calculated risk taking and challenging traditional approaches.

By Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, October 12, 2011