Creative Benchmarking improves policy and programs through comparative analysis of other service providers.
Unlike most government benchmarking, we don't simply compare, say, police departments to other police departments, but rather break the service delivery of a police department down and compare each component part with practice leaders in that area.
Example: In conducting a benchmarking study on behalf of Provo how best to utilize and manage volunteers. We looked to cities with volunteer programs, yes, but also to hospice services which are required to utilize volunteers, and therefore must find the best way to manage, recruit, and maintain quality assurance.
The PolicyHacking Lab assists local and state policy-makers in the development of data-driven, user-centered policy. Through user-centered research methods, and broad comparative analysis, helps ensure that policies operate as intended, are narrowly tailored to address the specific issue, mitigate against unintended consequences, and produce a user-friendly experience upon implementation.
Harnessing the future-facing vision of leading science fiction authors, Futurescapes uses the power of story to envision future solutions to pressing public problems, their unintended consequences, and the best path toward positive change.
Example: In 2007, Futurescapes published its first anthology, Futurescapes: Cities of Empowerment, featuring stories from new authors as well as leading lights in the field such as Fran Wilde and David Brin. Copies of the anthology were then distributed to civic leaders and policymakers from across the country.
More info at futurescapescontest.com