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Evidence-Based Policy and Innovation Archive

Laura and John Arnold Foundation awards $1 million in research grants to help address opioid crisis

HOUSTON, TX—The opioid epidemic is now considered to be one of the worst drug crises in U.S. history. More than 28,000 people die every year from heroin and other opioids, and the number of fatal heroin overdoses alone has increased by 439 percent in the past two decades. The problem impacts individuals, families, and society … Read More

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 … Read More

Laura and John Arnold Foundation announces expanded funding for low-cost randomized controlled trials to drive effective social spending

Washington, D.C.—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced additional funding for low- or modest-cost randomized controlled trials (RCTs) as part of its effort to expand the evidence base for “what works” in U.S. social spending. LJAF has committed to funding all proposals for RCTs of $100,000 to $300,000 that receive high ratings from … Read More

Laura and John Arnold Foundation announces request for criminal justice research proposals

NEW YORK, NY—The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) today announced a request for criminal justice research proposals as part of its effort to build an evidence base about the approaches, innovations, and strategies that work best to improve public safety as well as fairness and efficiency in the criminal justice system. LJAF has committed … Read More

Laura and John Arnold Foundation awards research grants to study minimum wage increases

Houston, TX—Elected officials in a number of cities across the United States have approved increases to the local minimum wage in an effort to improve the well-being of low-income workers and families. In some communities, the minimum wage will increase by more than $5 an hour. Yet, not much is known about the impact of … Read More