Data-Driven Innovation for the Public Good
We are a team of policy researchers and practitioners who partner with government and community to design pilot scale data-driven innovations for the public good.
Through ongoing collaborations, the Lab is pioneering innovative ways to center community perspectives and expertise in public policy: by working directly with diverse stakeholders to foster engagement, empowerment, and equity.
Communities most directly harmed by broken systems are often left out of conversations about how to make change. Developing new ways to ensure communities have a meaningful voice in the policies that affect them can move us towards a more holistic, stakeholder-engaged reimagining of our public systems.
When government changemakers and community members are equipped with skills, networks, and data, they are in a unique position to problem-solve together: identifying pain points, sourcing potential solutions, testing promising interventions, and inviting continuous innovation and recalibration.
Data-driven policy making can ensure that all communities are well-served by their government, by rising above ideological arguments of the political moment, shining a light on disparities and systemic inequalities, and helping policymakers avoid unintended consequences that disproportionately affect marginalized communities.
We are data-driven idealists who believe we can make a significant impact through our work. Based at the University of California, our interdisciplinary team works with partners across the country to produce rigorous research to improve people’s lives.
Our Approach to Policy Innovation Brings Together:
Our Partners Include:
We pioneer innovative ways to center community perspectives and expertise in public policy.
2023 BY THE NUMBERS
Too often we think about public policy as a thing government does. But in a democracy, it’s really a thing we as a society do, together.
It's not about who gets a seat. Let's make a bigger table.
When it comes to civic engagement, don't just check the box. Think outside it.
News and Updates
Possibility Lab, Oakland Community Organizations, Release New “Firsthand Framework” Report and Multimedia Project Exploring How Oakland Residents Assess Public Safety
The findings are from a two-year partnership that brought together a diverse group of Oakland-based residents and asked: how do communities themselves assess public safety?