Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University announced the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Award competition. These government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, federal, and tribal governments and address a host of policy issues including crime prevention, economic development, environmental and community revitalization, employment, education, and health care. Selected by a cohort of policy experts, researchers, and practitioners, four finalists and one winner of the Innovations in American Government Award will be announced in the fall. A full list of the Top 25 programs is available here.
“These Top 25 innovations in government offer real, tangible ways to
protect our most disadvantaged citizens, educate the next-generation
workforce, and utilize data analytics to enhance government
performance,” said Stephen Goldsmith,
director of the Innovations in Government program at the Ash Center.
“Despite diminishing resources, these government programs have developed
model innovations that other struggling agencies should be inspired to
replicate and adapt to their own communities.”
Included in the programs selected is the Department of Public Advocacy's Social Worker Program.
Alternative Sentencing Social Worker Program
Commonwealth of Kentucky
In the Alternative Sentencing Social
Worker Program, social workers—with public defenders—develop and present
individualized alternative sentencing plans to the court as options
other than incarceration. Persons who would normally be jailed or
imprisoned stay in the community, receive services, and become less
likely to reoffend.