The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) North America recently announced the fifth round of the State and Local Innovation Competition. The competition supports US state and local governments in using rigorous research to generate new and applicable lessons about which policies and programs work, which work best, and why.

Selected state and local partners will receive up to one year of pro bono technical support from J-PAL North America staff, up to $50,000 in flexible pilot funding, matchmaking with researchers in J-PAL’s network, and opportunities to participate in J-PAL trainings and events. Past selected partners are currently conducting randomized evaluations on a range of programs and policies, including a professional mentor and social service navigator program in Rochester, New York and random assignment of Medicaid managed care plans in South Carolina. Learn more about the competition by visiting the J-PAL website and checking out their blog post on their recent State and Local Webinar Series.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2021. J-PAL is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 225 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. To receive future updates on the Innovation Competition and J-PAL North America’s work with state and local governments, sign up for their mailing list.