MLD-621M: Innovation Field Lab: Public Problem Solving in Three Massachusetts Cities

Semester: Spr Mod4

Credit: 0.5

Faculty: Jorrit de Jong


Day Time Location
First Day 3/23
Meet Day T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM HKS 1BA 401


Many cities are challenged by both insufficient resources and increasingly high expectations from residents for better quality services, value for tax money and more responsiveness to pressing public problems. City leaders are looking to meet those demands by innovating government programs and operations. This module seeks to offer help to Massachusetts cities and give students the opportunity to do real work on real problems and learn about the practice of public sector innovation. The Innovation Field Lab will be facilitated by Dr. Jorrit de Jong (Lecturer at HKS), Joe Curtatone (Mayor of Somerville and Senior Fellow at HKS), and Janice Delory (Senior Fellow at HKS and former Chief of Staff of Mayor Curtatone). Student teams will be assigned to three nearby cities to work on a common problem. About half of the time will be spent in the field, and half of the time will be spent on campus. Class sessions will include case discussion, design work, simulation, peer consulting, and discussion of literature on public sector innovation. In addition to that, this module requires a considerable amount of work outside of class in the city teams. Prerequsite: Taking Module 3 MLD-620M: “Urban Innovation: Concepts and Practices” is required, but exemptions are possible for students with experience with innovation and/or local government.






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