RIPL

RESEARCH IMPROVING PEOPLE'S LIVES

RIPL

- \'ri-pel\ - ripple effect

Repercussions of an event experienced far beyond its immediate location.

Policies For Action cites new RIPL Research
On November 13, research by RIPL Faculty Associates Justine Hastings and Jesse Shapiro was posted on Policies for Action, a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of their evidence base for learning how national, state or local policies can promote lifelong health and health equity.
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RIPL is evolving!
We are growing! We started in Rhode Island with our successful prototype lab, the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL). We are expanding our work by building new public and public-private partnerships to increase economic opportunity in Rhode Island and in states and counties across the country. Our new name reflects our continued mission to provide fact-based, proven solutions to improve people's lives. The mission hasn't changed!

Our Mission

We use data and science to impact policy and improve people’s lives.

Impact and improvement can be abstract concepts. We’re committed to making them real.

Imagine a social support system for America’s struggling families and communities that is more efficient, more effective and more accountable. A system where we know what works and why. A system that provides an achievable path from poverty to prosperity for all.

All Americans deserve a chance to pursue their dreams. Yet, opportunity and economic mobility are elusive for many Americans living in persistently poor and disadvantaged communities. Opportunity gaps emerge at birth, with vulnerable infants facing health outcomes equivalent to those in the developing world, and continue into education, earnings, adult health, and life longevity.

To make meaningful change, we must think bolder, spend smarter, and invest in solutions that deliver measurable results by breaking down the barriers that keep people from reaching their full potential. We are devoted to helping policymakers, communities, and stakeholders make the best and most-informed decisions to achieve these goals.

How We Work

We are leading the effort to use data and science to build superhighways from poverty to prosperity.

Our unique approach turns facts into results by combining high-powered research, policy expertise, and technical know-how to give governments the tools they need to better serve their communities.

We believe success comes from partnership every step of the way. We help our partners develop a culture of asking the right questions and using data to objectively answer them. We deliver the tools needed to identify answers and turn those answers into actionable steps to improve lives.

Measurement in the moment

Relational databases for government insight.

We take large-scale, difficult-to-use data from across county, state and federal agencies, and transform them into relational databases which put the facts you need at your fingertips.

Is prenatal health insurance improving outcomes for previously uninsured mothers?

Can labor training programs help reduce recidivism?

How are elementary school students impacted by parental incarceration?

By turning unwieldy administrative record systems into reliable data for insights, we help our partners ask and answer the questions they need to improve policy and provide better services to their communities.

Measuring what works and why

Research results that matter.

We use our scientific expertise, and technical know-how to turn your data into insights. Our passion is measuring cause and effect so that we know what works and why.

From uncovering the predictors of opioid misuse to understanding what policies from birth improve school academic performance for at-risk children, we use the best research methods and analysis to uncover the roots of inequality and design solutions proven to cause lasting improvements in people’s lives.

Turning facts into action

Policy improvement from start to finish.

We turn research into results using market research, behavioral science, economics, and data to figure out what will improve lives, and then make it into reality.

Our interdisciplinary team of economists, data scientists, and policy experts work directly with our partners from the start to finish of policy improvement. We work with our partners to develop policy improvements, design implementation plans, pilot the policy, and measure success.

What We Do

We help policymakers turn facts into results for everyday Americans, every day.

Here’s what we know: we can’t improve if we can’t measure where we are or how far we are from where we want to be.
That’s why we are leading the effort to use data and science to build superhighways from poverty to prosperity. Our unique approach turns facts into results by combining high-powered research, policy expertise, and technical know-how to give governments the data-driven tools they need to better serve their communities.

INITIATIVE ONE

CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

providing all children with the opportunity to reach their full potential.

INITIATIVE TWO

SOCIAL PROGRAM INNOVATION

Improving Policy Impact To Alleviate Poverty And Deliver Economic Opportunity

INITIATIVE THREE

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Improving Criminal Justice Programs To Prevent Crime And Reduce Recidivism

INITIATIVE FOUR

REGULATION THAT WORKS

Ensuring Regulations Meet Valuable Goals While Minimizing Negative Impacts

Who We Are

We are problem-solvers with a measurable track record of excellence in public policy solutions.

We are a nonprofit organization with a track record of excellence in public policy solutions. We use advanced data analytics, rigorous research, and strong, lasting collaborations with government and private-sector partners to design meaningful and measurable policy solutions which improve equity and economic opportunity for all American families.
We draw from a network of expert researchers at universities across the country to form partnerships and deliver expertise and proven results.

Using data and science to impact policy and improve lives.