State and local governments invited to apply for support to develop rigorous evaluations.

MIT’s J-PAL (Poverty Action Lab) North America will provide funding and support to help selected partners test urgent and important policy questions.

J-PAL North America, a research center in the MIT Department of Economics, has announced the fourth round of its State and Local Innovation Initiative, which supports state and local governments in using rigorous evaluation to answer critical questions about what works to reduce poverty.

January 29, 2019 - Webinar for prospective applicants

April 1, 2019 - Deadline to submit letters of interest

State and local leaders across the United States are actively experimenting with new approaches to better serve their constituents. Increasingly, they are looking to data and evidence to inform their decision-making.   

Through J-PAL North America’s State and Local Innovation Initiative, state and local governments can apply for support in using randomized evaluations to better understand the impact of policies and programs in their jurisdictions. Selected partners receive pro bono technical support from J-PAL North America staff, flexible project funding, and connections with J-PAL’s network of leading academic researchers.

State and local governments that are interested in using rigorous impact evaluations to answer policy questions are encouraged to submit a letter of interest by April 1, 2019. Detailed instructions on how to apply to the State and Local Innovation Initiative can be found on the initiative webpage

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