J-PAL North America’s Work of the Future Initiative
About - RFP - Innovation Competition - Projects -
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.
Organizations interested in evaluating the impact of their program are invited to submit letters of interest through our Innovation Competition. Selected partners receive technical assistance from J-PAL staff in designing an evaluation, matchmaking with J-PAL’s network of affiliated researchers, and flexible funding to get an evaluation off the ground. If you’re interested in learning more about working with J-PAL, please contact Initiative Manager Toby Chaiken.
Affiliated researchers can submit proposals for funding to conduct a randomized evaluation during our RFP cycles.
J-PAL North America Executive Director Mary Ann Bates gives opening remarks on why J-PAL North America decided to launch this initiative, and why the work of the future is a critical issue for organizations focused on reducing poverty.
Sarita Gupta, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice & Caring Across Generations; Lawrence Katz, J-PAL North America Co-Scientific Director; and Abigail Wozniak, Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute, participate in a lively discussion on how to make the future of work equitable and just for all workers.
A panel of academic researchers and nonprofit implementing partners discuss the merits of researcher-practitioner parnterships. Alexander Bartik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Bryan Stuart (George Washington University) discuss their ongoing research partnership with Ben Damerow and Michigan Works! Southwest, a nonprofit that provides job search assistance services to workers, among other activities. Sara Heller (University of Michigan) and Evelyn Diaz (President of the Heartland Institute) discuss their partnership to evaluate the impact of the City of Chicago's summer jobs program.