State and Local Innovation Initiative

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State and Local Innovation Initiative

The J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative supports US state and local leaders in using randomized evaluations to generate new and widely applicable lessons about which programs work, which work best, and why.

Through this initiative, state and local government leaders can apply for:

  • Technical support as they develop randomized evaluations to inform critical policy questions;
  • Flexible funding to help get these evaluations off the ground; and
  • Partnerships with experienced researchers from J-PAL’s network to implement the evaluations.

The state and local leaders selected to participate in this initiative will serve as a model for others across the United States, demonstrating that state and local governments can create and use rigorous evidence to address challenging social problems.

LEARN MORE

A two-page overview of the initiative is available here.

To learn how randomized evaluations can inform important policy questions, see the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative Policy Brief.

For practical guidance on how to identify opportunities for randomized evaluations, feasibly embed randomized evaluations into the implementation of a program or policy, and overcome common challenges, see our Guide to Implementing Randomized Evaluations in Government: Lessons from the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative.

HOW TO APPLY

The deadline to submit letters of interest for the third round of the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative is March 2, 2018. J-PAL North America will invite a small number of applicants to prepare full proposals, and winners will be announced in Summer 2018. 

To read the Request for Letters of Interest please click here.

For answers to common questions, see our Q&A.

WEBINARS

On Tuesday, January 23rd at 1:00pm Eastern, J-PAL North America will host a webinar to provide additional information about the State and Local Innovation Initiative, review the application process, and answer questions. The webinar will feature Corinne Weaver, Director of Research and Evaluation at Catholic Charities Fort Worth, and Melissa Kearney, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. They will discuss their partnership on an evaluation of Stay the Course, an innovative program aimed at increasing degree completion among low-income community college students. To participate in our webinar, please sign up here

The webinars from the previous rounds of the State and Local Innovation Initiative can be viewed here

OUR PARTNERS

J-PAL North America is currently supporting the development of high-quality, feasible randomized evaluations in the City of Baltimore, Maryland; King County, Washington; and Santa Clara County, California. In the prior round of the Initiative, J-PAL North America partnered with Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the City of Rochester, New York. Learn more about our work with these partners here.

CONTACT

If you have further questions about the application process or would like to discuss a potential proposal, please email Initiative Manager Julia Chabrier.

CO-CHAIRS

Mary Ann Bates (Executive Director, J-PAL North America), Jonathan Guryan (Northwestern University), and Melissa Kearney (University of Maryland) are co-chairs of the State and Local Innovation Initiative.

FUNDING

Support is provided by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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