We’re excited to announce today that J-PAL North America has selected Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Puerto Rico, Rochester, and South Carolina as the first cohort of state and local governments to receive funding and on-the-ground technical support through the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative. Over the coming months, these governments will work with J-PAL staff and academic researchers to design randomized evaluations that can inform their policy questions and to build their own capacity to create and use rigorous evidence. For more information, read the MIT News story about the announcement here.
J-PAL North America is proud to partner with these governments to test innovative ways to improve the effectiveness of their social policies and programs. Our hope is that these evaluations will generate insights that can be applied in these jurisdictions and shared with others facing similar challenges. We also hope that our partnerships with these state and local governments will provide useful lessons for both policymakers and researchers about how to design and implement high-quality, feasible randomized evaluations.
We received 25 applications in this first round of the competition, and we were excited to see such strong interest from state and local governments across the United States. We’re already looking ahead to the next round of our competition, which we expect to announce in fall 2016. If you’re considering preparing a proposal, please feel free to email me, or visit povertyactionlab.org/stateandlocal to sign up to receive updates.