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 to be housed at the Barton Institute For Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. 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.

The Colorado Lab is one of several “policy labs” across the country, including Chicago, Washington, D.C., and California. 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.

Pictured L-R: former Gov. John Hickenlooper; former Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, and Laura Barton, lead funder of the Barton Institute. 

Read the news release and view photos from the June 19, 2017 press conference and announcement event.

The Colorado Lab began partnering with Governor Jared Polis’s administration as soon as he took office in January 2019. Colorado Lab leadership regularly attends Cabinet Working Group meetings to ensure our support is aligned to their priorities. The Lab will support actionable research under the following priorities:

Bold Four Priorities:

  • Foster an economy that works for everyone
  • Fulfill every child’s potential regardless of zip code
  • Move electric grid to renewable sources by 2040 
  • Save Coloradans money on healthcare

    Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise

    The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab is a part of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver. The Barton Institute’s mission is to develop or enhance projects that demonstrably improve life for people in Colorado facing difficult challenges in their communities. Visit the Barton Institute’s website to learn more!