J-PAL North America partnering with state and local governments to tackle key policy challenges

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We are excited to announce that we are now inviting Letters of Interest from U.S. state and local governments that are interested in partnering with J-PAL North America through our J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative. This initiative, which we launched last year, supports state and local leaders who want to use randomized evaluations to generate rigorous evidence about the effectiveness of their policies and programs. You can read our official announcement here.

State and local governments across the U.S. are tackling challenging social problems, almost always with very limited resources. The state and local leaders we speak with are eager to learn what’s worked in other jurisdictions and to test which of their own approaches are most effective. The goal of the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative is to provide them with the support they need to be able to answer these questions.

The state and local governments selected through the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative will receive pro bono technical support from J-PAL staff, flexible pilot funding of up to $100,000, and connections with leading academic researchers from J-PAL’s network to help them design high-quality, feasible randomized evaluations. State and local governments can later apply in partnership with a researcher for larger amounts of funding, typically $250,000-$500,000, to carry out the evaluation.

If you’re interested in learning more, please visit www.povertyactionlab.org/stateandlocal. You can also register for a webinar that we’re hosting on December 8th. If you have further questions or would like to discuss a specific proposal, feel free to contact me at jchabrier@povertyactionlab.org.

We look forward to receiving your letters, learning more about the innovative work being done by state and local governments across the U.S., and finding new ways to support state and local leaders in using rigorous evidence to improve their effectiveness and ultimately the lives of their residents.

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