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The Center for Effective Government (CEG) was founded in 2019 with an ambitious but vital mission: to strengthen democratic institutions and improve the capacity of government to solve public problems.
Founded within the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, CEG builds on a rich history of leveraging groundbreaking research to realize systemic change.
Since 1890, the University of Chicago has challenged conventional thinking and has been a force for social and political change. The Harris School of Public Policy brings social impact down to a science, driving innovative policy based not on ideology, politics, or pedigree, but on rigorous analysis. CEG builds upon this approach: we are non-partisan and scholarly, yet action-oriented and firmly grounded in reality.
The Center for Effective Government is home to the Civic Leadership Academy and activities previously run through the Project on Political Reform.
Today’s governing institutions impede and distort promising efforts to address policy challenges that stand before us. Government fails to take meaningful action on the pressing problems of our time, and when it does act, it produces ineffective, incoherent policies. As a result, Gallup polls show that public trust in the government’s handling of both domestic and international issues has reached record lows.
The Center for Effective Government builds bridges between scholars, students, practitioners, civic leaders, journalists, advocacy groups and others who are fighting to protect and strengthen democracy. This requires a multi-faceted theory of action that leverages:
Ideas: We conduct innovative and rigorous research to find the best solutions to ineffective government.Education: We give practitioners and aspiring leaders tools and training they need to effectively impact their organizations, their government, and their world. We share best practices and learn from each other.Engagement: We elevate issues of government ineffectiveness—and their potential solutions—to the public square through dialogue and discussion.
Our work is already bringing key players together and moving the needle to make our government better.
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