Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator

J-PAL North America’s work on homelessness seeks to expand the base of rigorous evidence on strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness. A key aspect of this goal is supporting organizations working to end homelessness in using randomized evaluations to generate new and widely applicable lessons about which strategies are most effective at reducing homelessness and promoting housing stability.

Why Apply?

Through the Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator, organizations can apply for:

  • Pro bono technical assistance from J-PAL’s staff of policy and research experts to develop an evaluation idea;
  • Flexible proposal development funding of up to $50,000; and
  • Connections with J-PAL’s network of leading academic researchers.

J-PAL’s network of researchers includes affiliated professors at more than forty universities around the world who use randomized evaluations to design, test, and improve programs and policies aimed at alleviating poverty. Organizations that have partnered with a researcher from J-PAL’s network to design a high-quality randomized evaluation can apply for funding, typically in the range of $150,000-200,000, to carry out the evaluation.


Organizations in the North America region interested in answering policy-relevant research questions on strategies to reduce homelessness are invited to apply. This may include nonprofit service providers, government agencies or offices, public housing authorities, Continuums of Care, and other organizations that operate programs or policies aimed at reducing homelessness, preventing eviction, and promoting housing stability. These policies or programs may be related to:

  • Short-term financial assistance for individuals and families at imminent risk of experiencing homelessness;
  • Legal representation in housing court for individuals and families at risk of eviction;
  • Project-based transitional housing;
  • Rapid re-housing;
  • Permanent supportive housing;
  • Broader housing subsidies, such as Housing Choice Vouchers, public housing, and low-income housing tax credits;
  • Rent control;
  • Evaluating whether housing first programs reduce the public costs of homelessness;
  • The long-term benefits of homelessness reduction programs, on a broad range of outcomes from housing stability to well-being and health;
  • Whether coordinated entry successfully matches people to the right programs;
  • How existing programs can be designed, targeted, and bundled to be most effective.

This list is not exhaustive: any proposal that explores forward-looking mechanisms to prevent homelessness, or interventions and services for people experiencing homelessness is potentially in scope. For a comprehensive review of open academic research questions on reducing and preventing homelessness, please see our Evidence Review, “Reducing and Preventing Homelessness: Lessons from Randomized Evaluations.”

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact Rohit Naimpally.


J-PAL North America will release a call for Letters of Interest in early 2020. Finalists will be invited to submit a full application in Summer 2020.

Stay Informed

Please reach out to us to schedule a call with our staff to learn more! Contact Rohit Naimpally at [email protected] to connect.

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