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Betsy Gardner


Betsy Gardner is a research assistant and writer for digital platforms and practitioner content for the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Before joining the Ash Center, Gardner worked in a variety of roles in higher education, including as research programs manager at Emerson College and as assistant director of training at Northeastern University. She also researched and presented on government spending and transparency for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. She holds a master's degree in urban and regional policy from Northeastern.

Critics of the smart city movement raise some valid concerns that local officials should pay attention to, but it’s not a case for antiquated municipal systems and procedures.
A collaborative of civil rights organizations is using geospatial data to help in the effort to improve response rates among the populations that are hard to count.
Designed around the user and not the bureaucracy, an innovative Philadelphia program uses data-matching so applicants won't have to fill out multiple forms for different assistance programs.