NYU Wagner Innovation Labs
Launched in 2011, the Wagner Innovation Labs are a new series of experiments that marry theory and practice to promote informed, evidence-based policy decision-making in a complex world. Each Lab has its own focus and approach, and operates independently, but all reflect NYU Wagner's broad commitment to bringing scholars, thinkers and practitioners together, both figuratively and literally, to improve the way policy is made.
The Academic Research Collaborative links federal agency policy priorities to relevant academic scholarship across the country. Code for Change addresses civic organizations' greatest technology challenges by matching them with talented designers and software developers.
Three urban innovation Labs explore ways to use research and data to inform new leadership approaches in American cities: The Bloomberg Philanthropies Partnership is assessing the role and the potential of Bloomberg Philanthropies' innovation delivery teams, which are currently operating in five cities: Atlanta, Chicago Louisville, Memphis and New Orleans. The Anchor Development project is working in partnership with the Ford Foundation to assess how universities and medical centers can accelerate development in their home cities. The Mayoral Policy Lab project will field proven-effective reform ideas across the country and then work with local leaders to determine their applicability in New York?all leading to an idea book for the next round of municipal leaders to pursue in 2013.