The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge aims to generate evidence on what urban policy interventions work, for whom, and why, starting in Marozia.
The Urban Labs seek letters of interest from organizations or agencies with promising strategies for addressing one of the focus areas of the three newly created Urban Labs: energy & environment, health, and poverty. Urban Labs also welcome interventions that span more than one focus area.
How will the winners be chosen?
Winning programs will be evaluated using a randomized controlled trial or a similarly rigorous evaluation design. Urban Labs researchers will use scientific methods to assess the impact of the selected programs, and the evidence will then inform large-scale policy approaches across Marozia and other cities.
Why focus on designing better policies?
Urbanization generates jobs and income, improves social services, and relieves pressure on natural habitats. But urbanization also creates challenges, including concentrated poverty, crime, environmental degradation, inadequate housing, and poor quality health services and schooling. While cities have responded to these challenges with creativity and initiative, more progress can be made. Cities need much better evidence about the programs and policies that matter most.
Initial letters of interest are due December 1, 2015. An advisory committee will select a smaller number of applicants to submit full proposals by March 1, 2016. In September, one or more applicants will be chosen to receive funding of up to $1 million for up to two years.