The New Practice of Public Problem Solving
A new class of innovators is advancing the public good by figuring out what people actually need and then testing, improving, and scaling solutions that may already be out there. Here are the four elements of their method.Tara McGuinness & Anne-Marie Slaughter | Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)
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Does your policy or solution work for the people it is intended to help or serve? This is the fundamental question that today’s problem solvers and policy makers must ask themselves. It is remarkable how often the answer is no.
Government officials across federal, state, and local levels are beginning to explore new ways to connect policies and people. Moreover, many activists, nongovernmental organizations, and social entrepreneurs have chosen to bypass the policy-making process altogether and experiment with direct-service solutions to tackle public problems such as homelessness, maternal and infant mortality, elementary and secondary education, and workforce development. These efforts are not just local charities trying to help those in need in their communities; nonprofit and government leaders are experimenting with ways to actually solve the problems that they see.
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