J-PAL Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition

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The J-PAL Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition supports health care organizations and government health agencies in the United States in developing compelling and reliable evidence of innovative programs.

The competition supports the design and implementation of randomized evaluations of promising health and social service programs to improve health outcomes and enhance the accessibility and affordability of quality health care.

The Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition is part of the J-PAL North America U.S. Health Care Delivery Initiative (HCDI), which supports randomized evaluations of strategies that aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care in the United States. 

Why Participate

Through this competition, health care organizations can apply to receive:

  1. Technical support in developing randomized evaluations to study innovative programs and answer important policy questions;
  2. Online and in-person training opportunities about evaluation methods; and 
  3. Partnerships with experienced researchers from J-PAL’s network to implement the evaluations.

Applicants who partner with a researcher from J-PAL’s network to design a high-quality randomized evaluation can jointly apply for evaluation funding, typically in the range of $150,000 to $300,000, through the HCDI Request for Proposals.

How to Apply

The deadline to submit letters of interest for the Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition was March 2, 2018. J-PAL North America is not currently inviting letters of interest. 


Letters of interest should be submitted by March 2, 2018.

December 6, 2017 - Request for letters of interest announced
March 2, 2018 - Deadline to submit letters of interest
Week of April 23, 2018 - Applicants notified


On Thursday, January 25th, J-PAL North America hosted a webinar to provide additional information about the Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition, review the application process, and answer questions. The webinar and slides are available here.

Learn More

Download a two-page overview of the initiative.

To see examples of how randomized evaluations can inform responses to important challenges in health care delivery, download the J-PAL Health Care Delivery Innovation Competition Policy Brief.

Partnership Examples

To date, studies funded by HCDI include studies of:

  • A pioneering care coordination program in Camden, New Jersey, in which social workers, nurses and community health workers provide high-utilizing patients with support for ongoing outpatient care and assistance in accessing social programs;
  • A flagship nurse home visiting program in South Carolina in which nurses support low-income, first-time mothers in having a healthy pregnancy and becoming knowledgeable and responsible parents; and
  • Interventions providing cost and quality information to consumers on the California and Colorado health insurance exchanges.


Amy Finkelstein (MIT, Scientific Director, J-PAL North America)


Support is provided by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Please email Competition Manager Anna Spier with any questions.

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