Innovations in Automatic Benefits for Citizens

  • Online
  • For Certification
Starts the week of

August 29, 2016

Course ends on

November 7, 2016

Application Deadline

August 19, 2016

Passionate about Reducing Government Red Tape to Improve Lives?

  • Are you working on a project to streamline the delivery of government or nonprofit benefits to citizens?
  • Are you seeking to use technology to aid citizens in discovering the benefits for which they are eligible? In accessing, renewing or delivering those benefits?
  • Are you trying to help government or other organizations better determine who is eligible for which services in order to increase efficiency and fairness?
  • Are you working on a project where you want to learn more about how to use technology and open source tools to make work on benefits more effective and have greater impact?
  • Do you want to learn from peers and experts about what works?

Course Description

For many low-income citizens, getting access to benefits for which they are already eligible requires them to negotiate a minefield of forms, websites and duplicate documentation. Technology can improve government and organizational efficiency and ensure that thousands of citizens don’t lose out on benefits simply by enabling the automation of enrollment and renewal of people into the system. Recertifications can be automatic rather than arduous, eliminating repetitive paperwork and allowing people to get what they need and the government to reduce administrative costs.

Innovations in Automatic Benefits for Citizens is a ten week online coaching program designed to convene government, social and civic entrepreneurs (both individuals and teams) who are developing projects around the automation and delivery of benefits and services for citizens. With expert guidance from Councilmember Ben Kallos, Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations of the New York City Council, we will help you to understand the operational flow of government as well as how to start building free and open source tools and/or bridge them with resources like OpenFisca and CiviCRM.

Whether your project is nonprofit or for-profit, this program aims, through peer-to-peer support and expert coaching and mentoring, to help innovators design, implement, scale, and assess effective projects.

Course Format

1 faculty-led session every other week for 2 hours (one hour is with a guest expert and one hour is an all-group session); and a personalized schedule of peer-to-peer and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Online sessions will be held Mondays, 8/29, 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 11/7 from 5 - 7pm EST.

Course Duration: 10 weeks

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