By Ariel Perkins, Research Associate, Beeck Center
We launched our Government Innovation work last summer to drive an action-oriented dialogue on how government, social sector, and philanthropy leaders can reimagine the public sector for the 21st Century. This summer, we have been hard at work and could not be more excited for what the fall will bring.
Our team spent the summer researching how to lead a radical transformation of the public sector harnessing the current energy around Pay for Success and other outcomes-focused and evidence-based initiatives. New data and technologies are presenting U.S. policymakers with an unprecedented opportunity to generate profound impact and accomplish more for citizens. Our work continues to embrace the challenge of finding solutions that move beyond incremental change and push the conversation forward on achieving transformative, systemic results. Here are some highlights from our summer:
Leading Policy Innovation. We are very excited to announce that the Beeck Center has co-authored a policy paper with Jim Shelton, Former Deputy Secretary and leader of outcomes-driven programs and innovation efforts at the U.S. Department of Education. This paper asks how the public sector can build an innovative government for the future; one that is able to respond to modern challenges and creatively seek out solutions to some of society’s greatest problems. It also builds on our report,Funding for Results, and policy convening from last fall, which you can read more about at driveimpact.org. Be sure to stay in touch. We will be publishing the paper on Oct. 28 and will lead a conversation with the White House on Outcomes financing!
Engaging Globally. In June, our Deputy Director, Marta Urquilla, spoke at a convening for the Organization of American States Advanced Inter-American Program on Policy Innovation and Management. Marta led a session for 30 government officials from across Latin America and the Caribbean on the role of government in incubating social innovation. Drawing on case studies from our report, Funding for Results, Marta facilitated an energized discussion with the participants, who were eager to explore innovative policy approaches to solving problems. We look forward to expanding our policy reach to an even broader international audience with upcoming publications and engagements.
Inspiring Students. We kept our student analysts busy this summer with research, events, and opportunities to join in on policy conversations. One highlight was a trip to the Hill for a briefing on the Social Impact Partnership Act, a key piece of pending legislation driving outcomes-based policy action. Take a look at two of our all-star students, Cristina Serra and Mallika Sen, posing outside of Rayburn House Office Building! Students worked behind the scenes on a number of key projects this summer, including researching, brainstorming, and drafting pieces of our policy work. Our summer cohort contributed to prepared testimony before the Democratic Caucus, analyzed research and pulled numbers to help our reports and presentations shine, and offered their own thoughts and insights through blogs, questions, and critical dialogue. We already miss them!
We have much more in the works for the fall and are always looking for bright, self-starting students to help with research, writing, events, communications, and much more! Find out how you can get involved here.