In recent years, consumers have developed a new reflex. Accepting “terms and agreements” for any sort of application, software, or website has become so instinctive that few stop to question their purpose. If one were to read the lengthy legal contract that stands between the user and his or her destination, they would understand that … Continued
2014 Winner: Increasing Productivity for Protective Services Agencies
Protective Services Agencies are burdened by paperwork and red tape. Learn how Northwoods’ Compass® application helps social workers use Cloud technology to increase productivity—which saves time and money and improves the quality of services provided to those in need.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to Deliver Keynote Address at Pioneer Institute’s 23rd Annual Better Government Competition Awards Dinner
BOSTON – Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce that “Compass® CoPilot,” a proposal to integrate data collection and reporting at state and county human services agencies, is the winning entry in the 23rd annual Better Government Competition (BGC). This year’s…
2014 Runner Up: An Online Portal for Handicap Parking Applications
Discover how one state's Department of Motor Vehicles is using technology to streamline the handicapped parking application process and virtually eliminate a backlog of permit requests.
2014 Runner Up: Online Database to Streamline the Sale of Public Lands
The US spends $1.7 billion each year on the maintenance of approximately 77,000 lots that sit empty and unused. Learn how an online database can save local governments money while generating economic development.
2014 Special Recognition: Creation of a Federal RMV Could Save States Millions
By consolidating state DMVs and RMVs, each state can save upwards of $3 million annually, while saving their citizens time and trouble. Learn more about how a Federal Registry of Motor Vehicles can improve labor force liquidity while helping law enforcement do their jobs.
2014 Special Recognition: MBTA Innovation Makes Smart Phones Even Smarter
Innovation at no cost? Learn how a mobile app can save MBTA riders and the Commonwealth money, time, and headaches on Commuter Rail and Ferry lines.
2014 Special Recognition: A Social Media Platform Connecting Elected Leaders and Their Constituents
Learn how Powerline, a web platform, seeks to increase civic engagement by connecting citizens and their leaders.
2014 Better Government Competition Guidelines: Leveraging Technology to Transform the Public Sector
Each year the Better Government Competition focuses on one of the country’s biggest challenges. The 2014 competition seeks technological solutions to create greater efficiency, transparency, cost-effectiveness, and higher quality service in the public sector. The Institute seeks creative ideas and…
Pioneer Institute’s 2014 Better Government Competition Awards
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to Deliver Keynote Address at September Awards Dinner
One of the central concerns surrounding government today is the difficulty of effectively including ordinary citizens in policymaking—more specifically, the barriers that restrict constituents from influencing the rulemaking process. Although rulemaking has a formally participatory structure, the numerous complex, technical documents typical in the process make effective, democratic participation difficult. As such, federal rulemaking is … Continued
The digital revolution has changed the way we look at government, and more specifically, government transparency. As an increasingly large percentage of citizens get their news and information from internet-enabled devices and electronic sources, it follows that achieving legislative transparency will require the use of these forms of technology to establish accessibility and usability sufficient … Continued