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’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.