Call for Letters of Interest – External Research Teams to Conduct Rigorous Evaluations of Programs/Services under Colorado’s Family First Strategy

The Colorado Department of Human Services has partnered with the Colorado Lab to coordinate rigorous evaluations of
programs/services prioritized by the state for Family First. As the designated Family First Evidence-
Building Hub, the Colorado Lab is accepting Letters of Interest from research teams interested in receiving funding to design and conduct a rigorous evaluation.

Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Policymaking: Understanding and Creating an EBDM Culture

Colorado’s five-year vision for Evidence-Based Decision-Making (EBDM) in policymaking was created collaboratively by members of the executive and legislative branches, non-governmental partners, and the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (Colorado Lab). EBDM is recognized as an important means to drive smart state investments, continuous quality improvement, innovation, and meaningful outcomes.

Webinar: Exploring Opportunities for Evaluators and Implementation Practitioners To Work Together To Create Sustainable and Equitable Change

On September 19, the Colorado Lab’s Kristin Klopfenstein and Lauren Gase, along with Allison Metz from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work and Just Learning Systems’ Kirsten Kainz, presented the webinar “Exploring Opportunities for Evaluators and Implementation Practitioners To Work Together To Create Sustainable and Equitable Change.”

Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Policymaking: A 5-Year Vision for Colorado

Colorado is a recognized leader nationally in evidence-based policymaking. Consistent use of data and research is increasingly understood to be key to achieving policies that are equitable, efficient, and effective. The Colorado Lab received philanthropic support to facilitate the development of a commonly accepted vision for Colorado’s approach to evidence-based decision-making.

Colorado Lab Essential Elements: Sustain Change

Throughout this past year, in recognition of the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab’s 5th anniversary, we have lifted up elements of our work essential to achieving our mission—using data to inform solutions to critical social problems. There is a strong likelihood that solutions will be sustainable over time and may well grow in scale.