Innovation Criteria Is a Model for Feds
More agencies are giving bigger grants for better evidence
Better evidence could mean more money for federal education and social programs, if a wide-scale interagency initiative proves successful.
Six new federal programs, including the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation Fund, or i3, set aside different pots of money based on the level of research evidence that undergirds a project. The idea is to encourage developers to scale up proven programs and strategies while at the same time seeding research on less-tested ideas.
Developed as part of the 2009 fiscal-stimulus law, the i3 program has just received a strong application pool for its second, $150 million grant competition for fiscal 2011. ( "Demand Strong for $150 Million in Latest 'i3' Cash," ...
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