To be housed at the university's Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab (CEAL) will work with state officials to evaluate public policies, design improvements to existing programs, pilot new interventions, and scale proven solutions intended to benefit residents of the state. "We owe it to the citizens of our state to ensure that the programs we undertake not only deliver on what they set out to do but that they are high quality, measured, and push for improvement," said Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.
CEAL will be led by Barton Institute executive director David Miller, who has served as executive director of the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting and led the Denver Foundation for twenty years. Established in 2016, the institute seeks to address major social issues and improve society by promoting and enhancing traditional and new forms of philanthropy, social enterprise, and partnerships within and among the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors.
"The Barton Institute believes that the complex problems facing our community and our world can only be addressed successfully by all sectors working together," said Laura Barton, who donated $10 million to create the institute. "The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab truly does bring together the knowledge and expertise of the various sectors - academic researchers will be using scientific and business disciplines to analyze and evaluate government programs for the benefit of Colorado residents and Colorado taxpayers."