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This newsletter features three new reports, "Federal Ideation Programs: Challenges and Best Practices" by Gwanhoo Lee, "From Data to Decisions III" by the Partnership for Public Service, and "Cloudy with a Chance of Success: Contracting for the Cloud in Government" by Shannon Tufts and Meredith Weiss. In his report on ideation, Lee outlines ideation tools and offers four case studies of how these tools are used to create successful ideation programs. The Partnership for Public Service highlights five mature analytic efforts at federal agencies and provides a series of lessons learned. In the final report, Tufts and Weiss review five public sector contracts for cloud services and develop a series of recommendations for government organizations to guide them in the writing and negotiating of contracts for cloud services.
Author: Gwanhoo Lee
Professor Lee presents strategies and tactics that can help agencies develop and implement successful ideation programs. To help readers understand ideation programs, the report outlines three distinct phases: idea generation, evaluation and selection, and implementation. The report concludes with a series of seven recommendations to sustain a federal ideation program, including institutionalizing the activity and creating a lasting organizational unit.
Author: The Partnership for Public Service
This report examines long-standing analytic programs, which offer a better understanding of how they have advanced and evolved over time to be a sustainable component of a program’s operation. It highlights five analytic efforts that were begun, in one case, more than 25 years ago. These include cases from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Defense Department, the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Veterans Health Administration. Based on these cases, the authors identify a series of lessons that they saw as important if analytics are to be successfully embedded in an agency’s culture.
Authors: Shannon H. Tufts, PhD and Meredith Leigh Weiss
Shannon Tufts and Meredith Weiss present a detailed analysis of 12 major issues that need to be addressed in all cloud contracts. In addition to traditional issues such as pricing, cloud computing contracts require that a variety of data assurance issues be addressed, including data ownership, access to data, disposition of data, data breaches, and data storage location.
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