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Announcing the Winners of the 23rd Annual Better Government Competition

Mayor of Boston to Deliver Keynote Address at September Awards Ceremony
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.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to Deliver Keynote Address at Pioneer Institute’s 23rd Annual Better Government Competition Awards Dinner

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: 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 enforcement do their jobs.

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.

2014 Better Government Competition Guidelines: Leveraging Technology to Transform the Public Sector

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…

2013 Compendium of Winning Entries – Better Government Competition

2013 Compendium of Winning Entries – Better Government Competition

These nine great ideas to help create and grow jobs were selected by a distinguished panel of judges commissioned by Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank. The winner received $10,000, and the runners up each received $1,000.

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Pioneer Institute’s 2014 Better Government Competition Awards

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to Deliver Keynote Address at September Awards Dinner

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

Civic engagement in rulemaking: an e-Government solution

Civic engagement in rulemaking: an e-Government solution

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

Innovations in legislative transparency

Innovations in legislative transparency

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