Pepperdine University
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To support Dr. Angela Hawken's BetaGov project.

Good Ventures, with input from GiveWell, awarded a grant of $200,000 to Pepperdine University in December 2013 to support Dr. Angela Hawken's BetaGov project. BetaGov aims to generate knowledge about what works in the public sector (in areas including but not limited to criminal justice) by serving as a repository for practitioners' ideas to be tested, providing a toolkit so that practitioners can conduct their own RCTs, and serving as a database of results to facilitate learning across studies. The goal of BetaGov is "to massively increase the number of randomized controlled trials conducted on public policies and programs to guide policy solutions for our most challenging health and social problems." We made the grant as part of our exploration of criminal justice reform, an area we've prioritized for deeper investigation through learning grants.

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