Entries by Editorial Staff

Inmate Vocational Training, Improved Re-entry Programs and Officer Magnet School Win 2015 Better Government Competition

Top Criminal Justice Reform Proposals To Be Highlighted at June Awards Gala Featuring Mass. Governor Charles Baker and Former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis BOSTON – Pioneer Institute’s 24th annual Better Government Competition received over 150 entries from non-profits and community groups, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers across the U.S. on the topic, “Improving Public […]

2015 Better Government Competition Awards Gala Featuring Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis & Mass. Governor Charlie Baker

Former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to Keynote 2015 Better Government Awards Gala 35-Year Law Enforcement Veteran to Address Criminal Justice Reform and Public Safety; Massachusetts Governor to Provide Welcome Remarks at June 24th Awards Dinner Edward F. Davis, security consultant and former Boston police commissioner, will deliver the keynote address, and Massachusetts Governor Charles […]

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

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 […]

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.

A State-Local Partnership to Improve Public Service Outcomes

Jim Gelbmann The Minnesota Board of Government Innovation and Cooperation   Introduction Education, police protection, care for the sick and the elderly, road and highway maintenance, public health services, parks and recreational opportunities—few people question the need for our governments to provide these and other public services for the benefit of society. At the same time, few people would dispute that there […]

Fixing Civil Service in Massachusetts John P. O’Leary Former Chairman, Massachusetts Civil Service Commission 2 0 0 4 B e t t e r G o v e r n m e n t C o m p e t i t i o n C0-WINNER THE PROBLEM “The only thing more destructive than a […]