innovation lab

Innovation labs take a gamble to improve city government


Institutions seeking new ideas in government often fizzle out before their projects find solid footing. But their champions say that risk is the entry cost to realizing substantive change.

Washington, D.C.'s new data team is using social science to hone policy


A new office operating under the mayor will analyze data and conduct surveys to understand how city policies on things like police body cameras, rent subsidies and emergency services policies affect residents and government operations.