Prof. Kearney to Co-Chair New J-PAL Initiative
New initiative offers US policymakers funding and technical expertise to solve key social problems
J-PAL North America is launching the State and Local Innovation Initiative to pair US state and local governments with researchers to generate evidence-informed solutions to challenging social problems. Through the initiative, selected US state and local governments will receive funding, on-the-ground technical support, and access to J-PAL's network of affiliated professors from leading universities in the United States to help them design and implement randomized evaluations and use the evidence generated to inform their policy decisions.
The new initiative is co-chaired by J-PAL affiliates Jonathan Guryan (Northwestern University) and Melissa Kearney (University of Maryland) and is supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. It will enable the implementation of new randomized evaluations across a wide range of social issues including crime, education, employment, health, and housing.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for governments who want to better understand the impact of their programs,” says Linda Gibbs, Principal at Bloomberg Associates and former New York City Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services. “In working with many state and local governments, I've seen how difficult it can be to obtain the necessary funding and technical support to get useful testing and research up and running. This initiative is exactly what is needed to take evidence-based policy to the next level.”
Interested US state and local leaders are invited to join a webinar on December 9, 2015 from 3:30-4:30pm EST to learn more and get answers to their questions. Letters of interest should be submitted by February 16, 2016. Winners will be announced by June 6, 2016.