Management

Data Evangelists Spread the Word on Boosting Government Performance

A recent gathering of state and local officials had the feel of an old time revival.

Management

Laboratories of Democracy in Action: Investing in What Works

The mere availability of information is not enough to get policy makers to actually use it.

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Learning to be a Leader

A professional development seminar series open to all federal employees has helped thousands of feds connect across government.

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When Performance Goals Backfire

Ambitious goals can be motivational, but they also can incentivize unethical behavior.

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Why Agencies Need to Tap the Revolutionary Potential of Behavioral Science

Traditional policy tools, such as taxes, subsidies and regulations, are not always very effective in changing social behavior.

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Creating a Critical Mass of Talent and Resources

There are people at all levels of government experienced in using behavioral science to improve program effectiveness. Officials need to seek them out.

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Nudge in the City: Using Science to Improve Public Services

Cutting-edge technology is nice, but sometimes just changing the size of a mailing envelope can determine whether a program is successful.

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How a CDC Program Is Changing Behavior to Reduce Mine Worker Injuries

Thousands of miners are injured each year; scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sought to learn why, and then do something about it.

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After Federal Officials Sent Letters to Over-Prescribing Docs, Prescriptions Fell and Patient Safety Rose

A small office at GSA is helping agencies apply behavioral science to reap big improvements in program effectiveness.

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People Don’t Always Behave Rationally—Agencies are Learning to Plan for That

Officials are increasingly leveraging the power of behavioral science to enhance program performance.

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Decoding the Language of Behavioral Science for Government Officials

Before the techniques can be used to improve program outcomes, it’s helpful if we can agree on what the terminology actually means.

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How Behavioral Science Could Improve Federal Programs

The private sector has been using psychological insight for years to promote certain outcomes.

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Why the Future of Work Is a Challenge for Government

The federal workforce needs to be reskilled. Expect major disruptions ahead.

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How to Give Employees Effective Feedback

Managers often create more problems than they solve when discussing performance with staff.

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Why Engagement Matters and How to Improve It

The results of past employee viewpoint surveys haven’t been very useful to most frontline managers trying to address challenges specific to their organizations.

Management

Federal Foresight Community of Interest Turns Five

An intrepid band of analysts from across the federal government is working hard to identify the long-term challenges that should concern today’s decision makers.

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How Regional Partnerships Are Tapping Talent to Solve Public Problems

Federal, state and local governments are working with universities to tackle things from opioid abuse to crumbling infrastructure.