On June 19, 2017, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne announced the launch of the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, an innovative government-research partnership that will be housed at the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. The Colorado Lab works with state officials to evaluate public policies, design improvements to existing programs, and pilot new interventions intended to benefit Colorado residents.
The Colorado Lab is modeled after other “policy labs” in various regions across the country, including California, Washington, D.C., Michigan, Rhode Island, and Houston, Texas. Policy labs are government-research partnerships that seek to integrate evaluation into policy-making by pairing experienced researchers with state and local officials in order to study problems and scale proven solutions.