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The GovLab’s mission is to improve people’s lives by changing the way we govern. Its goal is to strengthen the ability of institutions – including but not limited to governments – and people to work more openly, collaboratively, effectively and legitimately to make better decisions and solve public problems.

The GovLab believes that increased availability and use of data, new ways to leverage the capacity, intelligence, and expertise of people in the problem-solving process, combined with new advances in technology and science, can transform governance. Their team approach each challenge and opportunity in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way, irrespective of the problem, sector, geography and level of government. The GovLab develops and tests prototypes for new platforms to enable open and collaborative problem-solving inside a variety of organizations. The organization assesses and disseminates information and analysis about governance innovations successes and failures globally and their impact on people’s lives. Its team trains entrepreneurs to tackle public interest challenges using open innovation to take projects from idea to implementation.