Innovation Portals

Alliance for Innovation: Inspiring Innovation to Transform Communities is committed to fostering excellence and innovation in local government. Its Knowledge Network is an online community for local government professionals designed to share resources.


Andy Feldman’s Government Innovator  provides insights for results-focused public leaders to address our nation’s important challenges at the federal, state, and local levels. Its goal is to share useful practices and insights from public-sector innovators and experts. It is a personal, after-work and weekend project—a podcast hosted by Andy Feldman, a Special Advisor on the Evidence Team at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).


Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation explores the relationships between democratic governance and the persistence of urgent social problems with a particular focus on strengthening public participation, transparency, and technology as tools vital to the understanding of contemporary democracy. The Health and Human Services section focuses on new initiatives underway. Topics include access to services, elderly and long-term care, homelessness, mental health, public assistance, public health, social services, substance abuse, and violence interventions.


Innovations Center for Community and Youth Development  strives to unleash the potential of youth, adults, organizations, and communities to engage together in creating a just and equitable society.  The website includes Toolkits and Resources.


National Community Service Social Innovation Fund: The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and its grantees create a learning network of organizations working to implement innovative and effective evidence-based solutions to local and national challenges in three priority areas: economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development. The simple but vital goal is finding what works and making it work for more people.


Stanford University Business School Center for Social Innovation through research, education, and experiential learning strives to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to complex problems. The vision is one of a networked community of leaders actively working across sectors, frontiers, and disciplines to build a more just, sustainable, and prosperous world.


State Innovations in Horizontal Integration: Leveraging Technology for Health and Human Services is an issue brief that highlights examples of technology and service innovations that states are implementing in support of integration among health and human service programs. Common themes across efforts are discussed.


State Innovation Model Resource Center and SIM Initiative provide financial and technical support to states to design and test innovative, state-based, multi-payer health care delivery and payment system reforms.


The Center for Social Innovation (C4) promotes best practices that improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people, using state-of-the-art research, training, and technology to help individuals, agencies, and communities deepen the impact of their work. The focus is on complex public health problems such as homelessness, trauma, mental illness, and addiction.


The HHS IDEA (Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Action) Lab advances the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ innovation agenda by empowering ideas and collaboration that will lead to impactful solutions. The ultimate goal of the IDEA Lab is a more modern and effective government that is responsive to the needs and challenges of our times. You can subscribe for e-mails and updates.


The CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Innovation Center has a growing portfolio testing various payment and service delivery models that aim to achieve better care for patients, better health for our communities, and lower costs through improvement for our health care system.


White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation serves as a place to learn more about social innovation initiatives the Administration is embarking on to find new ways to solve old problems, and doing so in the public interest. Many are cross-cutting, including elements of two or all three of the mission areas seeking to promote service as a solution and create a new generation of leadership.


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