Jorrit de Jong is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School. His research and teaching focus on the challenges of making the public sector more effective, efficient, equitable and responsive to social needs. A specialist in experiential learning, Jorrit has taught strategic management and public problem solving in degree and executive education programs at HKS and around the world.
Jorrit is the Faculty Director of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a joint program of Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, funded by and executed in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. It is the world’s most comprehensive effort to advance effective problem-solving and innovation through executive education, research, curriculum development and fieldwork in cities.
He is also Academic Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. In that capacity, he launched the Innovation Field Lab, an experiential learning, executive education, and action-oriented research project working with 15 cities in Massachusetts and New York to help them leverage data, community engagement and innovation to revitalize distressed and underinvested neighborhoods. He also founded the Organized Crime Lab and Human Trafficking Field Lab, facilitating diverse, multidisciplinary crime-fighting teams in collaborative innovation work.
Before coming to Harvard, Jorrit co-founded the Kafka Brigade, a social enterprise in Europe that helps governments diagnose and remedy bureaucratic dysfunction. Before that he was director of the Center for Government Studies at Leiden University and founding co-director of a consulting firm for the public sector in Amsterdam.
Jorrit holds a PhD in Public Policy and Management (VU Amsterdam), a Master in Philosophy (Leiden) and a Master in Public Administration (Leiden). He has written extensively, including the books The State of Access: Success and Failure of Democracies to Create Equal Opportunities (Brookings 2008, co-edited); Agents of Change: Strategy and Tactics for Social Innovation (Brookings 2012, co-authored); and Dealing with Dysfunction: Innovative Problem Solving in the Public Sector (Brookings, 2016). Jorrit wrote over 25 teaching cases and designed numerous simulation exercises on collaborative governance, organizational behavior and innovation.
His research has been published in various academic journals, including Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, International Journal of Public Administration, and the Journal of Public Health Management and Policy.
Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Sponsored projects include research, training, convening, and other initiatives externally funded through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. Funding sources can include the US federal government, state and local agencies, private foundations, corporations, and foreign entities (public and private).
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Outside Professional Activities For Jorrit de Jong
In order to learn from and have an impact on the practice of public policy and management, I occasionally take on research, training and speaking assignments with public sector clients. All these activities are within the limits of HKS and Harvard University policies for outside professional activities. None of these assignments limit my academic freedom in any way or form. On the contrary, they are sources of inspiration and opportunities to disseminate research findings and put ideas into practice. In the interest of transparency I choose to fully disclose these activities.
Dutch National Government
– National Police, Public Prosecution Service and Local Government - Organized Crime Field Lab
- Workshops for Senior Executive Service (Algemene Bestuursdienst) on strategic management and public leadership.
- Occasional Lectures
OECD Public Sector Innovation Observatory Advisory Board - member
MaRS Solutions Lab Toronto, Canada - Member Advisory Board
- Stichting Lezen en Schrijven (non profit organization fighting illiteracy) - Research