Ideas at Beeck

We are an incubator for scalable, leading-edge ideas.

We are incubating new tools, frameworks and approaches to better invest in outcomes. Guided by three key elements that become the lens with which all of our ideas revolve, we view policy as a key tool to help these ideas scale.

Finance

Financing for outcomes often means shifting incentives is key to lasting change

Data

Collecting, measuring, and using data for effective decision-making is what ultimately leads to better outcomes

Civic Voice

People are at the heart of what we do; building trust between institutions and that are meant to serve them will help create well-functioning systems

finance, data • Incubation

Inclusive Impact Investing – Opportunity Zones

The Beeck Center has been focused on the inclusive economy and how social innovation and access to opportunity can drive prosperity for all communities. The Center is a hub for Opportunity Zone conversation and aims to explore how Opportunity Zones can drive capital to communities in a way that truly benefits the individuals and families that currently live and work there.

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data, civic voice • Incubation

Rockefeller Foundation – Building a Network for Digital Transformation in Government

The Beeck Center recently received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to build a digital leadership network and research fund to help governments more effectively and ethically leverage digital tools for public service delivery. The network will create a trusted space to solve problems and champion digital government to pursue solutions that are ethical and scalable.

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data • Exploratory

Deloitte CDO Playbook

This past year, we worked with Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights on several high-level convenings of federal Chief Data Officers (CDO) and published an accessible CDO playbook for multi-sector actors.

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data, civic voice • Exploratory

Democracy Fund – Crowdsourcing Expert Capacity in Congress

Here at the Beeck Center, we envision a 21st century where Americans leverage technology and data to renew democracy. To that end, the Beeck Center has been conducting research on the potential for crowdsourcing expertise from communities for Congress. Our initial research agenda includes: developing case studies to understand what is already happening in Congress, piloting a new app to see if we can build trust between members of Congress, and testing how technology can garner effective constituent participation in the policy process.

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data • Exploratory

The Blockchain Ethical Design Framework for Social Impact

In June 2018, we launched the Blockchain Ethical Design Framework, a project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to ensure that privacy and ethics are incorporated into blockchain applications. The Framework provides an actionable tool for decision makers and practitioners to drive positive social impact and ethical intentionality into the design and implementation of blockchain technologies.

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Our Portfolio

We take on a select number of projects, ideally with learning partners, that are focused on delivering outcomes. We use the tools of finance, data and civic voice. We start with financing for outcomes. We believe data is critical to deliver on outcomes, but understand that how data is collected and from whom matters. Most importantly, we want to ensure civic voice is embedded in decision-making and the evaluation process. The finance, data and civic voice help us build new models for investing in outcomes. Scale is critical for success. All of our projects fall into one of three stages that show our intentionality toward scaling these efforts.

Stages for Scale

A three-pronged approach to scaling social impact.

We want to test, incubate and scale what works. We believe failure is just as important as success. 

Exploratory

We surface leading-edge ideas and models that could achieve outcomes.

Incubation

We incubate ideas to help them scale, by taking the initial risk, creating models, and catalyzing others to help scale.

Scale

We identify and collaborate with partners and networks to move the idea forward outside the Beeck Center.