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By Sandford F. Borins

The suggestions in American govt Awards software started in 1985 with a furnish from the Ford beginning to the Kennedy university of presidency at Harvard to behavior a application of awards for options in nation and native govt. the basis s aim used to be formidable and, in an period of "government is the matter" rhetoric, determinedly proactive. It sought to counter declining public self assurance in govt by way of highlighting cutting edge and potent courses. Over 20 years later, study, popularity, and replication are the resource of this system s carrying on with effect and its power. what's the way forward for executive innovation? How can innovation increase the standard of lifestyles for voters and enhance democratic governance? concepts in executive: study, popularity, and Replication solutions those questions via offering a accomplished method of advancing the perform and examine of innovation in executive. The authors talk about new learn on innovation, discover the influence of a number of courses that realize innovation, and think about demanding situations to the replication of thoughts. individuals contain Eugene Bardach (University of California—Berkeley), Robert Behn (Harvard University), John D. Donahue (Harvard University), Marta Ferreira Santos Farah (Center for Public management and govt, Funda?§??o Getulio Vargas), Archon Fung (Harvard University), Jean Hartley (University of Warwick), Steven Kelman (Harvard University), Gowher Rizvi (Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University), Peter Spink (Center for Public management and govt, Funda?§??o Getulio Vargas), and Jonathan Walters (Governing).

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Qxd 1/24/08 9:54 PM Page 23 highlighting excellence in government 23 included programs such as Wisconsin’s welfare-to-work effort, which would become a model for the welfare overhaul undertaken by the administration of Bill Clinton; CompStat, for computer comparison statistics, the data-driven approach to fighting crime in New York City, which would lead to a wave of “stat”-based change in public management in policy and program areas ranging from social services (“JobStat”) to contracting out (“VendorStat”) to managing entire cities (“CitiStat”); and Vermont’s Restorative Justice Program, an early exemplar of a diversion-from-incarceration program that offered alternative sentencing for nonviolent minor offenders.

Furthermore, most of the Kennedy School school research literature is distant from the frontiers of contemporary social science methodology. One particularly serious problem that is particularly prevalent in this literature is so-called best practices research using only successful innovations (in particular, innova- 5. This includes one book by non–Kennedy School faculty but sponsored by the Innovations in American Government Program. 6 This creates a problem with “selection on the dependent variable” (Lynn 1996).

Permanent bureaucracies, which never stand for election . . should be closely supervised by elected officials and held accountable for strict adherence to precisely drafted laws. Out of these two premises grows a system for managing in the public sector centering on extensive use of rules and hierarchical clearances, which hurts innovativeness in particular and public performance in general. qxd 30 1/24/08 9:55 PM Page 30 steven kelman funded, often involving customer choice to choose a private provider, and by separating control from customer-service activities.

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