Innovation in Government Initiative

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J-PAL’s Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI) funds technical assistance to governments to adapt, pilot, and scale evidence-informed innovations with a strong potential to improve the lives of millions of people living in poverty.


Many governments around the world are eager to use evidence to improve the effectiveness of their social programs and policies, especially when it comes to essential services like education, health, and social assistance. Meanwhile, universities and research organizations are producing and synthesizing evidence from rigorous impact evaluations that can be used to design and improve these programs. However, demand from governments and good research are not enough to change lives. Using evidence to inform change at scale also requires a deep understanding of context and systems, coupled with political will, a policy window, and implementation capacity. Identifying these opportunities and building strong partnerships to apply evidence takes time and resources.

For more than a decade, the J-PAL network and our partners have built long-term partnerships with governments around the world to increase the use of evidence in policy, and adapt, pilot and scale programs informed by evidence. Together we work with government partners on their policy priorities, helping to determine whether and how evidence is relevant to their context, supporting them in piloting programs leveraging this evidence, and building systems for data-enabled program delivery and monitoring at scale. We believe supporting governments during this middle phase is critical to bridge the gap between the generation of promising evidence and the effective delivery of evidence-informed programs at scale.

IGI builds on the success of its predecessor initiative, the Government Partnership Initiative (GPI).

Key Facts

J-PAL Global
  • Partner RFP: Open
Open to all J-PAL affiliated researchers and eligible invited researchers (see RFP for detailed eligibility conditions) working with a government partner.


Request for Proposals

Fall 2021 RFP

J-PAL’s Innovation in Government Initiative (IGI) Fall 2021 request for proposals (RFP) is now open. IGI funds technical assistance to governments to adapt, pilot, and scale evidence-informed innovations. We encourage highly scale-relevant proposals in its priority sectors of education, health, and social assistance. As part of a special area of interest for this RFP, we especially encourage proposals focusing on scaling and improving the delivery of government cash transfer programs and cash benchmarking. Compelling proposals in all other sectors are also welcome. Short letters of interest (LOIs) are due on November 4, 2021 and full proposals are due on December 3, 2021. Funding decisions will be announced in February 2022. 

Initiative Staff

Anne Healy, Senior Advisor
Anirudh Krishnan, Senior Policy Associate

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