Our Mission

The Colorado Lab’s mission is improving the lives of Colorado residents by partnering with state and local governments to strengthen coordinated and efficient person-centered services.

Strategic Partnerships

We believe that smart, strategic partnerships with government have the potential to improve people’s lives.

State and Local Government

So we listen to our state and local government partners to understand the most pressing challenges they face.

Research Community

Then, we activate the research community to work with those partners to generate insights.

360° View

Together, we take a 360-degree view of problems, focusing on the needs of the whole person.

Drive Change

When we do this, we create powerful partnerships that drive change, improving the lives of Colorado residents.

Testimonials from state and research partners

"The Lab is the first program of its kind in Colorado. We owe it to the citizens of our state to ensure that the programs we undertake not only deliver on what they set out to do but that they are high quality, measured, and push for improvement.”
John Hickenlooper
former Governor of Colorado
"As a dean and a researcher, I am impressed by the Colorado Lab's success in linking academic researchers and methodologies to real world problems, with a focus on data integrity, and helping to make Colorado a better place to live and work."
Paul Teske
Dean of the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver
"We trust the Colorado Lab to engage with all levels of agency staff to ensure Lab-affiliated research is rigorous and relevant. The Lab serves as an invaluable bridge and translator between our staff and the research community."
Jerene Petersen
Deputy Executive Director of Community Partnerships, Colorado Department of Human Services

The Latest from the Lab

Concurrent Enrollment: A Pathway to Success

As the nation celebrates the class of 2020 and the resilience of graduates during a worldwide pandemic, it can be easy to forget that some students face huge challenges to high school graduation even in “normal” times. Living in foster care can make school feel like a perpetual marathon. In Jefferson County, a program called Fostering Opportunities helps them cross the finish line.

Recidivism and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Vicious Cycle

Calls for criminal justice reform ring loud in Colorado. Overburdening of the corrections system is a part of the problem, driven in large part by the state’s
rate of recidivism. Half of people convicted of crimes in Colorado return to the criminal justice system within three years.

Seeking a deeper understanding of the issue, researchers at the University of Denver partnered with the Colorado Division of Probation Services. Their study examined the significant link between recidivism and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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