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HKS researchers report on the impact of Chelsea Eats, a cash assistance program that supported residents of Chelsea, Massachusetts, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers found that cash card recipients spent about 65% of the money they received at places where food was the primary product, such as grocery stories, local food markets, wholesale clubs, and restaurants. 

The Harvard Kennedy School Applied Field Lab Experience

For more than 15 years, Professor Linda Bilmes has led the Harvard Kennedy School Applied Field Lab, a course in which Harvard graduate students partner with cities and local governments to tackle some of their most complex financial and operational challenges.

Big data makes better cities

Professor Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Data-Smart City Solutions Project at the Kennedy School’s Ash Center, describes how city and state governments can improve service to citizens by harnessing new technologies.

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