Announcing the Partnership’s Research Advisory Council
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Announcing the Partnership’s Research Advisory Council

February 2, 2022

At the Partnership, research is at the core of how we design our programming, engage with federal leaders, advocate for new policy solutions, and identify issues that will affect government’s ability to solve problems and serve the public. To ensure that our research is relevant, accessible and effective, we have brought together a group of experts from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to form a Research Advisory Council.

This remarkable group of practitioners, advocates and scholars will advise on the Partnership’s research agenda and challenge us to explore new questions, partnerships and opportunities around rethinking the way government works.

Here are the members of our new Research Advisory Council:

Angela Bednarek, Pew Charitable Trusts

Beth Simone Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, State of New Jersey

Cori Zarek, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University

Dan Chenok, IBM Center for the Business of Government

danah boyd, Microsoft Research

Efraín Gutiérrez, Center for Evaluation Innovation

Elizabeth Linos, The People Lab, University of California, Berkeley

Eric Giannella, Code for America

Ian Bassin, Protect Democracy

Jenna Ben Yehuda, Truman National Security Project and Truman Center for National Policy

Jim Cook, MITRE

John Kroger, Rodel Leadership Institute

Laura Lucas Magnuson, Obama Foundation

Nick Hart, Data Foundation

RaJade M. Berry-James, National Academy of Public Administration and North Carolina State University

Russell Robinson, Amplified Research and Consulting

Sadia Sindhu, University of Chicago Center for Effective Government

Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink

Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University

The Partnership investigates several core research questions to yield new insights on government effectiveness and solve long-standing public sector management challenges, including:

  • How can government leaders serve with integrity and champion innovation?
  • How can agencies and leaders successfully leverage technology tools and talent to make government more effective?
  • How can government recruit a new generation of public servants to fill critical talent gaps?
  • How can government deliver easily accessible, consistent, purposeful and secure services to all possible customers?
  • What investments are necessary for government to become more data-driven and evidence-based?
  • What policies, processes and legislative reforms are necessary to ensure a smooth presidential transition and a successful start for a new administration?

Answering these questions is critical not only to our goal of building a better government, but also to our efforts to change the way people see their government.

As we enter 2022, public trust in government has continued to decline, aggravated by a recent election cycle that challenged democratic norms in unprecedented ways. Effective government depends on a shift in both how we think about government and how government understands its role, relationships and opportunities.

With that in mind, our research agenda will work to shift popular narratives about government and create new frameworks it can use to measure success. Our priorities will include assessing key trends that will shape the future of how government operates; exploring the public’s changing views of government; rethinking how to measure key elements of an agency’s organizational health; and imagining and identifying new collaborative opportunities for federal agencies to solve major challenges. We see these topics as keys to a much-needed paradigm shift that will help government work better for everyone.

Our Research Advisory Council will play a crucial role in shaping this work and identifying opportunities to elevate our findings. In all, the council will support our efforts to generate ideas that will lead to a more dynamic and innovative federal government that effectively serves our diverse nation.

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