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2015 Better Government Competition: "Improving Public Safety and Controlling Costs in America’s Criminal Justice System"

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Enter the 2015 Better Government Competition: “Improving Public Safety and Controlling Costs in America’s Criminal Justice System”

Enter the 2015 Better Government Competition: “Improving Public Safety and Controlling Costs in America’s Criminal Justice System”

For 2015, Pioneer Institute seeks innovative ideas to reform America’s troubled criminal justice system by reexamining policies that have driven mass incarceration and resulted in significant fiscal and human costs. Competitive proposals will include creative approaches to reducing the state and federal prison population, reducing recidivism, and addressing racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Congratulations to Rich Bowlen of Northwoods, Winner of the 23rd Annual Better Government Competition

Congratulations to Rich Bowlen of Northwoods, Winner of the 23rd Annual Better Government Competition

Pioneer Institute Hosts 23rd Annual Better Government Competition Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Delivered Keynote at Awards Ceremony  Pioneer Institute recognized the winner and runners-up of its annual Better Government Competition at an awards dinner on Thursday, featuring a Keynote Address by Martin J.…

2014 Compendium of Winning Entries – Better Government Competition

2014 Compendium of Winning Entries – Better Government Competition

Read the winning proposals submitted for the 23rd annual Better Government Competition, whose theme was “Leveraging Technology to Improve the Private Sector”

2014 Winner: Increasing Productivity for Protective Services Agencies

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.

2014 Runner Up: A No-Cost Innovation to Increase Access to Health Care

2014 Runner Up: A No-Cost Innovation to Increase Access to Health Care

Learn how a legislative change could increase the number of independent practices across America, giving more citizens affordable and accessible health care.

2014 Runner Up: An Online Portal for Handicap Parking Applications

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

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 Runner Up: Increasing Accessibility and Accountability in the City of Boston

2014 Runner Up: Increasing Accessibility and Accountability in the City of Boston

Discover how a repurposed bomb squad truck can you save you time, hassle, and headaches. Learn more about how City Hall To Go is serving up 47 public services to Boston communities.

2014 Special Recognition: Creation of a Federal RMV Could Save States Millions

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…

2014 Special Recognition: MBTA Innovation Makes Smart Phones Even Smarter

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: Utilizing Technology to Help America’s Businesses

2014 Special Recognition: Utilizing Technology to Help America’s Businesses

Discover how collaboration within the federal government has produced an all-inclusive online portal designed to help businesspeople take advantage of government tools and benefits.

2014 Special Recognition: A Social Media Platform Connecting Elected Leaders and Their Constituents

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.

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Pioneer Institute’s 2014 Better Government Competition Awards

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Delivered Keynote Address at September Awards Dinner

The Open Data Analytics Initiative: Evaluating Online Delivery Systems

The Open Data Analytics Initiative: Evaluating Online Delivery Systems

The potential of virtual schools and other electronic-enabled channels for instruction is well-recognized in education reform circles today. Pioneer identified this potential in 2008, when it awarded the Florida Virtual School as the most innovative idea of that year’s Better Government Competition. With several proven models of success—the Florida Virtual School being one of the … Continued

The Promise of Big Data for the Public Sector

The Promise of Big Data for the Public Sector

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