Workshop or Training

J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative: Year 2 Participant Convening

February 15, 2018 to February 16, 2018
Santa Clara, California

For more details about the conference, please see the final agenda.

This convening featured state and local policymakers who have been leaders in building rigorous evidence in their jurisdictions and the researchers who have partnered with them to conduct feasible, high-quality evaluations.

February 15th featured state and local policymakers spearheading efforts to produce rigorous evidence to address policy challenges. Policymakers, researchers, philanthropists and nonprofit leaders will discuss new mechanisms for enabling evaluations and institutionalizing evidence-based practices.

February 16th was a focused workshop on conducting randomized evaluations of programs and policies designed to address homelessness. The day included a series of short presentations showcasing Santa Clara County’s innovative work on homelessness followed by small group working sessions, with the goal of accelerating progress on common challenges. This second day of the event was targeted at policymakers currently working on these projects and their research partners.


Click on the links in the talk titles below to view video recordings of the sessions

Opening and Closing Remarks
Mary Ann Bates, Executive Director, J-PAL North America: “Research to Policy” (slides)

Welcome Address
Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Supervisor, Fifth District 

Keynote Address
Linda Gibbs, Principal, Bloomberg Associates and Senior Fellow, Results for America: “Data as a Public Good” (slides)

Partnering for Policy: Government Research Partnerships

  • Gustavo Bobonis, University of Toronoto (Moderator)
  • Commander Ralph Ennis, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington DC and Anita Ravishankar, the Lab @ DC (slides)
  • Bill Evans, University of Notre Dame, and Henry Fitts, City of Rochester (slides)

Building Bridges: Cross-Sector Partnerships for Data-Driven Policy

  • Melissa Kearney, University of Maryland (Moderator)
  • Erica Brown, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  • Tracy Colunga, City of Long Beach (slides)
  • Janey Rountree, California Policy Lab at UCLA (slides)

Bringing It Home: Evidence-Informed Decision Making

  • Julia Chabrier, J-PAL North America (Moderator)
  • Anjali Chainani, City of Philadelphia (slides)
  • Carrie Cihak, King County (slides)
  • Michael Wilkening, California Health and Human Services Agency

State of the Streets: Evidence on Reducing Homelessness (no video)
Bill Evans, University of Notre Dame (slides)

Community Resources

J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative Resources

J-PAL Research Resources

Other Resources

Watch all the talks in the playlist below:

For more information, contact Jatnna Amador ([email protected]).