Request for Letters of Interest

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The J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative is led by J-PAL North America, a research center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The State and Local Innovation Initiative supports US state and local governments in using randomized evaluations to generate new and applicable lessons about which policies and programs work, which work best, and why. Through this initiative, state and local governments can apply for project development awards, including:

  • Up to one year of pro bono technical support as they design randomized evaluations to inform critical policy questions;
  • Flexible funding to help get these evaluations off the ground; and
  • Connections with J-PAL’s network of leading academic researchers.

State and local governments that have partnered with a researcher from J-PAL’s network to design a high-quality randomized evaluation can apply for implementation funding to carry out the evaluation.

The state and local leaders selected to participate in this initiative serve as models for others across the United States, demonstrating that state and local governments can create and use rigorous evidence to address challenging social problems.

HOW TO APPLY

J-PAL North America is not currently inviting letters of interest. J-PAL North America typically announces a Request for Letters of Interest once each year. The instructions for the most recent Request for Letters of Interest (which closed on March 2, 2018) are available here.

For answers to common questions, see our Q&A.