The many departments within any given municipal government share the common goal of making their city a better place to live. Unfortunately, it is all too common for each department to be so busy pursing that goal internally that they ignore a major resource available to them: their fellow agencies. The phenomenon of city departments … Continued
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. Walsh, Mayor of Boston. “Compass® CoPilot,” a proposal to … Continued
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
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
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
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: 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
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: 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
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 approaches utilizing technology, information systems, and telecommunications to make government more affordable, accessible, efficient, and less susceptible to fraud, waste, and abuse. Importantly, we seek ideas that are protective of individual rights.
Pioneer Institute’s 2014 Better Government Competition Awards
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to Deliver Keynote Address at September Awards Dinner
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
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