LJAF works to develop and support 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. The goal is to ensure that limited resources are spent wisely on programs that produce meaningful, lasting improvements in people’s lives. We fund rigorous evaluations to determine whether programs are effective and work to incentivize the widespread adoption of approaches that have been shown to make a difference.
In addition, LJAF is bringing policymakers, researchers, and data experts from the public and private sectors together to strengthen the infrastructure and processes needed to support evidence-based decision making. We promote new government and philanthropic funding models that emphasize the use of evidence. We also facilitate strategic partnerships to accelerate progress and support efforts to expand access to privacy-protected data.