About Data Labs

In collaboration with New Philanthropy Capital and with a grant from Digital Impact (formerly Markets for Good), the Governance Lab has developed a series of case studies to better our understanding of the existing landscape of policy labs, to learn from their successes and drawbacks, and to help inform those who might be interested in setting up their own labs. Based on interviews with directors and funders of these labs, the case studies look at the governance processes employed to share or access data and how these labs solicit expertise to enable program evaluation. We also published an essay on medium.com where we analyzed the various models of existing labs and the enabling conditions necessary to stand up a new policy lab. 
The goal is to provide data owners, particularly those that hold personally identifiable data, with a blueprint to securely, responsibly and ethically share that information to end of improving programs in the public interest.

About New Philanthropy Capital

NPC is a charity think tank and consultancy that occupies a unique position at the nexus between charities and funders, helping them achieve the greatest impact. This understanding of both sides of the funding equation is reflected in the variety of skills and knowledge of our people, and their backgrounds in charities and the public and private sector.

At NPC, we bring shared values and different skills to both charities and funders. By helping them use their resources more effectively, by inspiring through new thinking and by prioritizing impact, we are transforming the sector. For more information, visit thinknpc.org

About The Governance Lab

The Governance Lab’s mission is to improve people’s lives by changing the way we govern. Our goal at The GovLab is to strengthen the ability of institutions — including but not limited to governments — and people to work more openly, collaboratively, effectively, and legitimately to make better decisions and solve public problems. We believe that increased availability and use of data, new ways to leverage the capacity, intelligence, and expertise of people in the problem-solving process, combined with new advances in technology and science, can transform governance. We approach each challenge and opportunity in an interdisciplinary, collaborative way, irrespective of the problem, sector, geography, and level of government. For more information, visit thegovlab.org.