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The Maxwell X Lab, a component of the Center for Policy Research, opened in January 2017 to capitalize on two powerful undercurrents in social science and public sector innovation: behavioral science and randomized evaluations.

Years of behavioral science research has shown that people respond differently than traditional economic models might predict, and researchers and practitioners have found that incorporating more realistic models of human behavior can substantially improve outcomes.

The public sector is also insisting on rigorous evaluations to inform their decisions, and increasingly randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are the powerful technique of choice to measure the impact of programs and interventions.

Taken together, this means the X Lab partners with government agencies and nonprofit organizations directly to design and implement behaviorally informed interventions and rigorous evaluations that are both practical and scalable.

Read about how the Maxwell X Lab innovates policy making through behavioral science in Maxwell News.

For more information or to discuss possible collaborations,  contact Joe Boskovski.