Overcoming Barriers to Success in the Public Sector

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Overcoming Barriers to Success in the Public Sector

Lessons from the 2005 Innovations Finalists
May 11, 2006

Abstract

Every year since its establishment in 1986, the Ford-sponsored Innovations in American Government program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government recognizes innovative examples of practices addressing public sector problems. The idea behind the program is that government can be improved by identifying and disseminating examples that resolve public sector problems. Olivia Golden's paper, "Overcoming Barriers to Success in the Public Sector: Lessons from the 2005 Innovations Finalists," draws on the cases of the Innovations Awards 2005 finalists to address: (1) why the ineffective practices persisted until the innovation occurred; and (2) why the innovation happened at the time that it did.

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