Building Evidence, Advancing Policy, Impacting Lives: The 3rd Annual J-PAL North America State and Local Innovation Initiative Convening

February 11, 2019 to February 12, 2019
Samberg Conference Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The State and Local Innovation Initiative supports US state and local leaders in using randomized evaluations to generate new and widely applicable lessons about which programs work, which work best, and why. Selected jurisdictions receive project funding, technical support and connections with J-PAL’s network of researchers to help them develop high-quality, feasible randomized evaluations.

The theme of the third annual convening is Building Evidence, Advancing Policy, Impacting Lives #BuildAdvanceImpact. Over the course of two days, panel and breakout sessions will demonstrate how rigorous evidence can help state and local governments shape policy to improve the lives of the people they serve, and in particular those living in poverty. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with the full life cycle of evidence generation and use, from developing and implementing randomized evaluations to the continued refining and testing of programs. The convening will kick off on February 11 with a keynote address by Dr. Nathaniel Hendren, J-PAL Affiliate, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and a founding Co-Director of Opportunity Insights. Both days will feature state and local policymakers who have been leaders in building rigorous evidence and using it to advance policy in their jurisdictions, and the researchers who have partnered with them to conduct high-quality evaluations.

*Additional details including an agenda will be added to website as they are confirmed*