Government Innovators Network
Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation


The Government Innovators Network is a marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation for policy makers, policy advisors, and practitioners. Through our content - news, documents, descriptions of award-winning innovative programs, and events -- and our online communities of practice, we strive to stimulate new ideas and bring people and ideas together around innovations in governance.

The Government Innovators Network was developed at the Roy and Lila Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The Ash Institute fosters excellence in government around the world in order to generate and strengthen democracy. Through its research, publications, curriculum support, and Global Network, the Ash Institute explores critical issues in democratic practice and effective governance.

At the web portal, interested parties will find innovations resources in the form of: 

  • Invitations to online events, hosted by the Government Innovators Network and our partners focusing on a variety of policy areas; 
  • Relevant news vetted and updated daily; 
  • Documents from research centers at the Kennedy School and from trusted content partners; 
  • Descriptions of award-winning programs (since 1986, the Innovations in American Government awards program has awarded almost $20 million in grants); 
  • A calendar of professional events, national and international, to which you or your constituents may submit postings; 
  • An invitation to submit announcements of upcoming events and new publications to be considered for the Spotlight and What's New sections on our home page