Three funders recently announced funding opportunities to support the evaluation of services and programs’
effectiveness.

J-PAL North America is accepting off-cycle funding proposals for its Short-Term Research Management program (STReaM) to help research projects adapt to the evolving nature of research and evaluation needs. J-PAL’s STReaM initiative makes experienced research management staff available to help researchers navigate these challenges. Researchers conducting projects in North America are invited to request support. A downloadable file of the full RFP is available here.

The Economic Mobility Corporation (Mobility) is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations interested in conducting rigorous evaluations. The organizations selected will receive technical assistance based on programs that are likely to achieve impact and ability to structure evaluations for the greatest likelihood of success. Mobility will work with each organization to complete an evaluation readiness analysis and provide recommendations for five selected applicants. Matched by 1:1 support, applicants must commit $10,000 to the cost of the assessment and must be able to share individual-level program data. Proposals are due April 15, 2020 and the downloadable Request for Proposal (RFP) is available here.

A third, and ongoing, funding opportunity is available through Arnold Ventures. Arnold Ventures seeks proposals from government and other entities interested in conducting randomized controlled trials (RCT) to evaluate programs with highly promising prior evidence or for compelling policy reasons. Program operators seeking to replicate findings from prior rigorous evaluations that may have promising, but inconclusive findings due to limitations in the study, are encouraged to submit a brief letter of interest. For more information, the downloadable file of the full RFP is available here.