The Project on Political Reform

Recent Programs and Events


Can Data and Technology Fix Government?

Governments seem unable to meet the needs of people living in increasingly complex modern societies.  Can data and technology save us?  Can they help improve public policy and decision-making…and restore confidence?  And are governments even capable of adopting the technologies that would help them improve? On October 26th, PPR held a panel discussion at Harris to address these critical questions. Panelists were Denise Turner Roth, Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), and Brett Goldstein, Harris Senior Fellow in Urban Science and former Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago. The event was co-sponsored by Women in Public Policy.  Learn more >>>


Clinton vs. Trump:  What’s Really at Stake in the 2016 Elections?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have radically different visions for America’s future. But how will the voters’ choice really impact economic policy, trade, national security, immigration, and other major policy areas. On November 2nd, PPR held a panel disucssion to drill down beyond the rhetoric and hyperbole and get to the bottom of ‘what’s really at stake?’ Panelists included former staff director of the Senate Budget Committee and Bipartisan Policy Center senior fellow Steve Bell, former HHS Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight director Jay Angoff, and Director of Urban Policy Iniatives at the Urban Institute Erika Poethig, MPP'96.  PPR director Professor William Howell, an expert on the presidency, moderated the discussion. In the photo below, Jay Angoff, who served as the Obama Administration's first implementation director for the Affordable Care Act, explains why most of Obamacare is here to stay regardless of who wins the presidency.  Looking on, from left to right, are Howell, Bell, and Poethig. Learn more or watch the entire discussion >>>