J-PAL North America’s State and Local Innovation Initiative virtual webinar series “Charting the Next Decade of Evidence Generation in State and Local Government” will explore pressing policy and research priorities facing state and local governments. Speakers in the series will discuss how state and local governments and researchers can develop and implement evaluations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, racial equity, and climate change and environmental justice. State and local governments are attuned to how these issues manifest for their communities and can provide an immediate, context-relevant response to the specific needs of their residents.

Current events have highlighted long existing inequalities, the need for policy changes, and the importance of examining the role of economics and evaluations in addressing critical policy issues. The series will share actionable insights for how state and local governments can use data and evidence to advance their policy priorities and how researchers can partner with state and local government to develop and implement randomized evaluations.

  • Incorporating qualitative research and interdisciplinary perspectives in randomized evaluations
  • State and Local Policy Responses to Climate Change
  • Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from randomized evaluations to increase uptake of testing
  • Evaluations and Racial Equity: Considerations for State and Local Policymakers and Researchers

All events are free, open to the public, and will take place from 11AM - 12:30PM Eastern Time (EST).