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Human-Centered Policymaking

| April 2020

Human-centered design (HCD) is a complementary discipline that has its roots in industrial design, the discipline that crafts physical products like phones, guitars, and potato peelers. It leverages the qualitative research methods honed in the social sciences—such as ethnography, contextual inquiry, and targeted observations and interviews—to better understand people and interactions. HCD also considers environments, processes, systems, and tools outside of the digital realm. Practitioners often map out customer “journeys” to understand customer experiences across an entire system or ecosystem, not merely a single interface or piece of software. As in agile software development, practitioners of human-centered design iteratively develop solutions to the challenges they uncover, and they rigorously test their solutions with real “users.”

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Data, Not Documents: Modernizing the Regulatory State

| March 2019

This report starts with a brief primer about the federal regulatory process, including how regulatory agencies collect information from businesses and regulated parties. We then explore potential benefits of data collection modernization—including newer models of regulators harvesting openly published data—and highlight the importance of regulators working with regulated parties to design data collection processes that work for both government and the regulated party.

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Big Data, Meager returns?

| Nov. 28, 2018

On October 12th, we brought together specialists, academics and activists to investigate the main points arising from the “Data, Artificial intelligence and the Global South” conversation. The purpose of the workshop was to explore economic fairness and the Global South. This post shares the questions we asked, some of our findings, and what we need to consider next.

Report - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

2018 State of Digital Transformation

| October 2018

On June 12-13, 2018, digital HKS welcomed public sector digital services teams from around the world to share stories of success, talk about lessons learned, and discuss the challenges they face in transforming government. The teams convened all agreed on North Star goals of building platform services and putting users at the center; what remains much more difficult is identifying how teams in very different political and technology contexts should think about how to reach that end-state. In this report, digital HKS shares best practices we gleaned from this group, to start a broader conversation for digital services groups around the world about what comes next.

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Nepali Ambassador Visits Harvard

| Dec. 05, 2013

Only two weeks after national elections in Nepal, the country’s Ambassador to the US, Dr. Shankar P. Sharma, addressed an audience of Nepali ex-patriots, Harvard Kennedy School students and expert faculty at a presentation jointly hosted by the Kennedy School’s India and South Asia Program, the South Asia Institute and the Center for Public Leadership in an “off-the-record” presentation on December 3, 2013.

Minister Khurshid addresses an audience at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Jim Smith

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Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid visits Harvard

Oct. 04, 2013

Minister Khurshid addressed a crowd of students, faculty and guests at the Harvard Kennedy School as part of the India & South Asia Program’s international speaker series, co-sponsored by Harvard’s South Asia Initiative. His comments on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, followed a series of meetings at the United Nations in New York.

South Asia Week Brings Together Experts to Discuss Regional Affairs

Sharon Wilke

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South Asia Week Brings Together Experts to Discuss Regional Affairs

    Author:
  • Charles Hobbs
| Feb. 22, 2012

From February 16th to 24th, 2012, the India and South Asia Program, in partnership with the Future of Diplomacy Project and the South Asia Initiative, hosted South Asia Week, an extended program of events focusing on international relations and domestic policymaking in South Asia, a region of rapidly expanding global importance.

Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran Discusses Indian Foreign Policy in a Transitional Era

Erik Kruthoff

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Former Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran Discusses Indian Foreign Policy in a Transitional Era

    Author:
  • Charles Hobbs
| Feb. 19, 2012

Fisher Family Fellow Shyam Saran spent nearly a week with the Future of Diplomacy Project as part of South Asia Week, an eight day long series of panels, discussions, and lectures about the role of the subcontinent in 21st century international affairs.