• Maxwell X Lab

    About Us

    Randomized Controlled Trial Diagram 1The Maxwell X Lab started in January 2017 with a singular purpose - partner with the public and nonprofit sector to build evidence for what works.

    We leverage behavioral science and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to intelligently design and rigorously evaluate everything we do. Together these powerful techniques allow practitioners to work with the Maxwell School to improve outcomes cost-effectively and understand the precise impact of each change.

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    Len Lopoo and Joe Boskovski present X Lab methodology and results

    Leonard Lopoo serves as Director and Co-Founder of the Maxwell X Lab. Len is also a Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and the Director of the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University. His research centers on policies and programs designed to assist low-income families.

    Joe Boskovski serves as Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Maxwell X Lab. Previously, Joe worked at the Behavioral Insights Team and the University of Pennsylvania to implement several randomized field experiments applying behavioral science research from criminal justice to healthcare.

  • Maxwell X Lab News

    Coverage of Maxwell X Lab initiative picked up around the world

    Media coverage of the Maxwell X Lab's initiative with the City of Syracuse was reported in the Associated Press, Syracuse Post Standard, and public radio outlets, resulting in pickup by more than 90 media outlets around the world. A selection follows.


    How some handwriting saved Syracuse taxpayers $1.47M in 4 months

    Earlier this year, The Maxwell X Lab partnered with the City of Syracuse with the goal of lessening foreclosures and increasing tax collection in the City. As a result, the City of Syracuse was able to collect $1.47 million in overdue property taxes. 


    Maxwell X Lab, City of Syracuse collab improves tax collection process

    Maxwell X Lab, part of the Center for Policy Research at the Maxwell School, recently completed a series of projects designed to reduce overdue property tax bills in the City of Syracuse. Delinquent tax bills can lead to costly late fees, interest, liens, and — ultimately — foreclosure, creating instability for homeowning families, neighborhoods, and city services.

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