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Results for Development Institute;
Given the reality of increasingly limited development resources from external funders, being able to weigh the full costs of open government initiatives is critical to ensuring that governments are allocating and using resources in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms presents and tests a methodology for doing just that. This report highlights work led by Results for Development and supported by the World Bank between August 2016 and June 2017 that has sought to overcome a major gap in understanding the value of open government programs globally.
Provides results from a survey of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin residents. Includes views on the impact of money in state politics and the choice of available candidates, and support for education, healthcare, and jobs reform.
Global Alliance For The Future of Food;
This Guide to Government Action is part of a suite of materials that presents how narratives, policies, and practices across the food-health nexus can be transformed to promote human, ecological, and animal health and well-being. It is the result of a stakeholder-led engagement process that gathered insights and feedback from a diverse array of individuals and organizations within and across many contexts, scales, cultures, and geographies. This document is supported by Systemic Solutions for Healthy Food Systems: Approaches to Policy & Practice — a diverse catalogue of global case studies that can be used to further inform the recommendations set out in this guide. Users are also encouraged to read Food Systems Transformation — Promoting Human, Ecological, & Animal Health & Well-being: A Shared Vision & Narrative, which articulates a new vision and narrative for food systems that promote health.
Pew Research Center;
Government reformers and advocates believe that two contemporary phenomena hold the potential to change how people engage with governments at all levels. The first is data. There is more of it than ever before and there are more effective tools for sharing it. This creates new service-delivery possibilities for government through use of data that government agencies themselves collect and generate. The second is public desire to make government more responsive, transparent and effective in serving citizens -- an impulse driven by tight budgets and declining citizens' trust in government.The upshot has been the appearance of a variety of "open data" and "open government" initiatives throughout the United States that try to use data as a lever to improve government performance and encourage warmer citizens' attitudes toward government.This report is based on the first national survey that seeks to benchmark public sentiment about the government initiatives that use data to cultivate the public square. The survey, conducted by Pew Research Center in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, captures public views at the emergent moment when new technology tools and techniques are being used to disseminate and capitalize on government data and specifically looks at:People's level of awareness of government efforts to share dataWhether these efforts translate into people using data to track government performanceIf people think government data initiatives have made, or have the potential to make, government perform better or improve accountabilityThe more routine kinds of government-citizen online interactions, such as renewing licenses or searching for the hours of public facilities.
National Council of Nonprofits;
This report reviews the creation, recommendations, and implementation activities of joint government nonprofit contracting reform task forces in nine states to identify trends and insights that can be applied elsewhere. It is the latest publication in an ongoing series from the National Council of Nonprofits that identifies solutions to a national crisis: broken and antiquated contracting processes that waste limited resources and frustrate the ability of governments and charitable nonprofits to achieve their missions. This report provides proven ways for governments and nonprofits to collaborate to save money for taxpayers and donors while maintaining or even improving client-based outcomes and enhancing accountability.
This study examines the extent to which The Atlantic Philanthropies' approach of working with government to influence policy and practice, with a particular focus on public service reform, can be considered innovative and successful. The study focuses on the period from 2003 to 2014.
Center for American Progress;
Examines why the DCAA's audits of government contractors sometimes fail. Proposes reforms to strengthen oversight, including giving auditors authority to subpoena contractor records and shifting from limited to risk-based audits and random checks.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute;
Climate change threatens to force population displacement on a scale never seen before. Unfortunately, many governments, international organizations, and institutions are currently ill-prepared and unequipped to respond to this challenge. To buffer the United States from these potentially seismic shifts, it is advisable that the plight of environmental migrants receive serious consideration and advanced planning.
American Civil Liberties Union;
This report details marijuana arrests from 2010 to 2018 and examines racial disparities at the national, state, and county levels. The report reveals that the racist war on marijuana is far from over. More than six million arrests occurred between 2010 and 2018, and Black people are still more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people in every state, including those that have legalized marijuana. With detailed recommendations for governments and law enforcement agencies, this report provides a detailed road map for ending the War on Marijuana and ensuring legalization efforts center racial justice.
Americans generally oppose high government spending and believe spending should be cut. Moreover, many Americans feel that government often spends on the wrong programs, or at best on a mix of the right and wrong programs, and that taxpayers would do a better job spending taxpayer money wisely. However, when it comes to instituting spending cuts, Americans are tentative. The majority support cuts over time and small cuts to a variety of programs rather than large cuts to just a few, if given the option. While high government spending is unpopular, more sustainable spending is unfamiliar, and the path to it may seem daunting to Americans. This alloyed view of government spending may put off or confuse those who would seek to put federal spending on a more sustainable track.There are number of paths for building a positive, exciting vision for lower government spending. Americans are highly distrustful of government -- and its role in spending -- and respond well to Congress closing loopholes, increasing transparency and accountability, and setting and enforcing clear, honest, reasonable budgets. Americans see a strong connection between the health of the broader economy and their own personal prosperity. Accordingly, messages connecting lower spending to the strength of the economy perform very strongly. Importantly, both messages are even stronger when connected to the deeply personal benefits of "providing for your family" or "improving your family's quality of life". "It's the economy, stupid" is half right. To deepen the emotional connection, it is more effective to connect the economy to the impact it is having on people's lives. There are other benefits to lowering spending that can be tied back to personal benefits for an overall strong message, as with the economy. Connecting lower spending and reduced taxes to Americans' ability to provide for their families and have peace of mind can build a strong message. Similarly, joining lower spending and increased economic opportunity to a better quality of life and greater security helps Americans envision the positive impact to their own lives if government spending were under control.
Midwest Democracy Network;
Presents findings from a survey in five Midwestern states of the level of trust in state government, issues of concern, attitudes toward corruption, hope in reform efforts, and proposals for better government. Compares data to 2006 survey results.