How We Work

We help policymakers turn facts into results for Americans — each and every day.

Here’s what we know:

We can’t improve if we can’t measure where we are or gauge 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 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 you need to identify answers and turn those answers into actionable steps to improve lives.

Behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology, about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.

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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?

Are labor training programs achieving their goals of reducing 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.