Work of the Future Initiative

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The J-PAL North America Work of the Future Initiative supports randomized evaluations of strategies and innovations that address the changing nature of work in North America.

These strategies and innovations may be related to programs designed to retrain or reskill workers; strategies to improve traditional and non-traditional educational institutions; innovative apprenticeship systems, sectoral employment programs, and alternative approaches for skill certification; strategies to facilitate worker transitions between occupations and industries; organizational practices that improve productivity, skills, earnings, or employment prospects; opportunities in alternative work arrangements; and the impact/opportunity of changing transportation modalities.

We work with nonprofits, government and industry leaders, academic researchers, and other organizations to understand what questions matter most to them and help them use rigorous evaluation to generate evidence on priority research questions related today’s rapidly shifting labor market.

Key Facts

  • Research RFP: Open
  • Partner RFP: Closed
Researcher RFP: Open to J-PAL affiliated professors, post-doctoral fellows, and invited researchers
Partner RFP: Nonprofit, public, or private organizations interested in testing innovative strategies to help workers
For Researchers

Request for Proposals

The Work of the Future RFP solicits proposals from J-PAL affiliates, invited researchers, and PhD students being advised by a J-PAL affiliate, for pilot studies and full randomized evaluations that aim to generate valuable insights about the changing nature of work. 

For Partners

Work of the Future Innovation Competition

Through our Innovation Competition, the Initiative partners with nonprofits, governments, and industry leaders to support the development of randomized evaluations of strategies to support workers in the face of the shifting labor market. 

Initiative Staff

Toby Chaiken, Policy and Training Manager
Jamie Simonson, Policy Associate

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