Digital Service Network

Highlights

  • Documenting methodologies of digital service teams in state, local, tribal, and territorial government.
  • Supporting a community of practice to share and replicate proven approaches to deliver services and carry out missions. Leading training and technical assistance on topics such as investing American Rescue Plan funds for data and technology infrastructure.

Governments are creating digital service units to transform how they deliver services and carry out missions by building up a digital infrastructure. These teams pioneer technological innovation while incorporating new roles into government, such as user researchers, human-centered designers, software developers, and data scientists. Our work documents their approaches to scale what works through our action-oriented network. 

Governments carry out policies and practices in a digital world. Many are investing resources and political capital in dedicated units to support digital transformation, but it’s still early days. It’s important to learn from the leading pioneers over the past 10 years to inform this work.

Since 2019, the Beeck Center has embedded researchers in leading state and local digital service teams to understand how they operate, prioritize, and are resourced and supported. We convened the Digital Service Network to share what works with a goal of replicating and scaling proven approaches. We help leading digital service teams continue to succeed and connect newcomers to training, technical assistance, and community support as they chart a new course in their governments.

Team

Next Project Event

Digital Services Deep Dives: Learning How Modern Government Works

Digital Services Deep Dives: Learning How Modern Government Works
September 27, 2022
4:00 pm

Virtual
Join us for this engaging webinar about the work of a digital service team at the state level, and the findings of the student researchers. Plus, learn more about how student research or “embedding” is an effective approach to telling the story about the important digital services work happening on complex issues in state and local government.

Project Updates

Project Reports & Resources

Creating Impact in Digital Government: Successes, Challenges and Strategy of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

Creating Impact in Digital Government: Successes, Challenges and Strategy of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

This case study documents how the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer analyzes challenges and opportunities and disseminates this information to benefit the people of New York City and their collaborators in other governments.

Jan. 7, 2022

What We've Learned So Far

  • Held eight workshops for over 50 state, local, and tribal governments to capitalize on billions in American Rescue Plan technology funding.

  • Paired Beeck Center researchers to document and publish case studies and guides that other governments can put into action.

  • Convened an active network for digital service teams to share and scale best practices and get training and technical assistance.