Events

The J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative hosts an annual convening of participants that features state and local policymakers who have been leaders in building rigorous evidence in their jurisdictions and the researchers who have partnered with them to conduct feasible, high-quality evaluations. 

Mary Ann Bates, Executive Director, J-PAL North America, presents opening remarks on “Research to Policy” at the State and Local Innovation Initiative 2018 Participant Convening in Santa Clara, California.

Mary Ann Bates, Executive Director, J-PAL North America, presents opening remarks on “Research to Policy” at the State and Local Innovation Initiative 2018 Participant Convening in Santa Clara, California.

Past Events

Building Evidence, Advancing Policy, Impacting Lives: The 3rd Annual J-PAL North America State and Local Innovation Initiative Convening
Timeline: February 11, 2019 to February 12, 2019
Location: Samberg Conference Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The theme of the third annual convening is Building Evidence, Advancing Policy, Impacting Lives. Over the course of two days, panel and breakout sessions demonstrated how rigorous evidence can help state and local governments shape policy to improve the lives of the people they serve, and in particular those living in poverty. For additional event details and videos of each speaker from the conference, please see here

State and Local Innovation Initiative 2019 Webinar
Timeline: 
January 29, 2019
Location: 
Webinar
On January 29, 2019 at 1 p.m. EST, J-PAL North America hosted a webinar to provide additional information about the State and Local Innovation Initiative, review the application process, and answer questions. The webinar featured Jessica Orozco, Program Manager at the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing, and James Sullivan, Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame and co-founder of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, who discussed their partnership on an evaluation of a Rapid Re-Housing program for single adults in Santa Clara County. The recording of this webinar and the slides presented can be viewed here

J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative 2018 Participant Convening
Timeline: February 15, 2018 to February 16, 2018
Location: Santa Clara, California
State and local government leaders, leading scholars, and social service providers gathered in Santa Clara, California on February 15 and 16, 2018 to advance the use of data and evaluation in addressing key challenges related to poverty, particularly around homelessness. For additional event details and videos of each speaker from the conference, please see here. 

State and Local Innovation Initiative 2018 Webinar
Timeline: January 23, 2018
Location: Webinar
On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 J-PAL North America hosted a webinar to provide additional information about the State and Local Innovation Initiative, review the application process, and answer questions. The webinar featured Corinne Weaver, Director of Research and Evaluation at Catholic Charities Fort Worth, and Melissa Kearney, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. They discussed their partnership on an evaluation of Stay the Course, an innovative program aimed at increasing degree completion among low-income community college students. The recording of this webinar and the slides presented can be viewed here.

J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative Year 1 Participant Convening
Timeline: January 12, 2017 to January 13, 2017
Location: Cambridge, MA and live stream
State and local government leaders, leading scholars, and social service providers gathered in Cambridge on January 12th and 13th to share their first-hand experiences creating and using rigorous evidence to address key challenges related to poverty. Participants focused on highlighting examples of how governments and researchers have partnered to use evidence from randomized evaluations to reduce crime and violence, improve maternal and child health, and promote housing mobility. For additional event details and videos of each speaker from the conference, please see here. 

State and Local Innovation Initiative 2016 Webinar
Timeline: December 8, 2016
Location: Webinar
On Thursday, December 8th, 2016 J-PAL North America hosted a webinar to provide additional information about the State and Local Innovation Initiative, review the application process, and answer questions. The recording of this webinar and the slides presented can be viewed here.

State and Local Innovation Initiative 2015 Webinar
Timeline: December 9, 2015
Location: Webinar
On December 9th, 2015, J-PAL North America hosted a webinar to provide additional information about the State and Local Innovation Initiative, review the application process, and answer questions. The recording of this webinar and the slides presented can be viewed here.