This just in from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School: Ash Center Launches Award to Recognize Innovation in Public Engagement in Government

As part of its tenth anniversary series examining challenges to American democracy, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special $100,000 award in public engagement and participation.

It’s nice to see a special focus on digital engagement (emphasis mine):

The Award for Public Engagement in Government will highlight government programs, policies, and initiatives aimed at encouraging public participation in a range of budgetary, regulatory, and policy decisions. The center also intends to recognize those efforts that successfully employ digital technology and crowdsourcing techniques to broaden public involvement in government decision-making and drive problem-solving.

“Digital platforms are revolutionizing the manner in which citizens interact with and engage government,” observes Stephen Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Awards Program. “By leveraging the prominence of the Innovations Awards, we are able to promote the issue of public engagement in government in a way we never have before,” said Goldsmith.

Award criteria include novelty, effectiveness, significance, and transferability as well as other factors such as “the number of people reached, the diversity of people engaged, the extent of public input on public policy and on quality of governance, and the level of citizen engagement in finding solutions to public problems.”

Applications are due June 20, 2014.