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Criminal Justice

LJAF’s Criminal Justice initiative aims to reduce crime, increase public safety, and ensure the criminal justice system operates as fairly and cost-effectively as possible.

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Education

LJAF’s investments in K-12 education seek to advance the portfolio model of school governance, an alternative structure that promotes a decentralized administration, more school choice for families, and increased flexibility and accountability for educators.

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Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation

LJAF supports initiatives that encourage governments and nonprofit organizations to help build the evidence base for social interventions and to consider reliable evidence as one of the primary factors in their decisions.

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Research Integrity

LJAF’s Research Integrity initiative aims to improve the reliability and validity of scientific research across fields that inform governmental policy, philanthropic endeavors, and individual decision making.

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Sustainable Public Finance

LJAF’s Sustainable Public Finance initiative works to promote fiscal sustainability and the effective oversight of public funds.

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New Initiatives

LJAF pursues a number of high-leverage philanthropic opportunities that fall outside of our existing programmatic areas.

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Press Release

Laura and John Arnold Foundation launches $15 million competition to use evidence-based programs to “move the needle” on major social problems

HOUSTON, TX—As part of its effort to encourage governments to make decisions based on rigorous research and reliable evidence, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today launched the Moving the Needle Competition, which will provide funding for state and local governments and nonprofit organizations that implement highly effective social programs in an effort to “move the needle” on pressing problems such as poverty, education, and crime.   Go to Press Release→

Press Release

Matt Alsdorf to serve as vice president of criminal justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation

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Blog Post

Why journalists should stop publishing studies conducted with mice

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Laura and John Arnold Foundation's core objective is to address our nation's most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches.