Issue Brief Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa answer basic questions about Social Impact Bonds—what they are, where they can be most useful, and how they differ from traditional government contracts.
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.
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.
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.
Kristina Costa explores the state’s telling investment in an institute that judges the effectiveness of programs for beneficiaries and taxpayers.
Kristina Costa explores “what works” platforms in education, pointing out their current limitations and also their importance in times of tight budgets.
Jitinder Kohli outlines the importance of government agencies focusing resources on programs that work, not ones like this criminal-justice program run amok.
Jitinder Kohli and Douglas J. Besharov describe recent progress in Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, and New York City toward adopting pay-for-success bonds.
John D. Podesta applauds President Obama’s plan to reshape the federal government to boost U.S. economic competitiveness.
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.
This diagnostic quiz will help you identify your agency’s strengths and weaknesses on innovation, and offer advice on what to try next.
Jitinder Kohli describes how government agencies should develop plans to promote a culture of innovation.
Vicki Sellick describes two ways government agencies can offer incentives to nurture innovations that meet the most pressing social challenges.
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.
Video Jitinder Kohli talks about the importance of increasing diversity in the highest levels of government.