Developing human capital within government

Better Government Lab aims to work with government agencies to improve their effectiveness and make programs and services more accessible to people through the use of data analytics, rigorous evaluations and insights from the social and behavioral sciences.

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Contracts: BGL is available to work with public organizations to provide data science solutions, conduct rigorous program evaluations, apply and test behavioral insights to increase government effectiveness, or conduct administrative burden audits.

Speaking: Our co-directors are available to give presentations or keynotes on a broad range of topics, including program access and administrative burdens, discrimination in policy implementation, evidence-based policy-making, program evaluation in government,  performance management, behavioral insights and “nudging”, and social policy interventions

Training: If your team is interested in learning more about how to use behavioral insights to increase government effectiveness, reduce administrative burdens, please contact us.

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Pre-doctoral research fellowship 2022 (Deadline May 15)
At the Better Government Lab (BGL), we aim to offer pre-doctoral research summer fellowship opportunities.  These fellowships are different from paid on-the-job training that students do to gain work experience. It is also not an employment relationship. Instead, the BGL pre-doctoral fellowships are aimed to mentor students (including Georgetown students, but also those from other institutions) who are consider pursuing doctoral research within the substantive field of BGL. Fellows will be expected to pursue their own research with the support and mentorship of a BGL affiliated faculty mentor. The aim of the fellowship research would be to produce a research manuscript that could be submitted for peer-review in an academic journal. This crucial research experience would increase the competitiveness of fellows when applying for doctoral studies, and is qualitatively different from the typical Research Assistance work performed by graduate students and not an employment relationship.

Please send your application letter (explaining your motivation to join BGL), a most recent CV and 1 letter of reference to

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