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Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab

Several structural barriers make it difficult for government officials and academic researchers to engage collaboratively in evidence-based policymaking. These include a lack of common language for discussing programs, limited methodological strategies for establishing causation without randomized control trials (RCTs), and data-sharing restrictions. The Causal Inference for Social Impact Lab (CISIL) finds solutions to these barriers and enhances academic-government collaboration.

The Lab is led by 2018-19 CASBS fellow Jake Bowers, 2017-18 CASBS fellow Carrie Cihak, and CASBS program director Betsy Rajala.

CISIL has received funding from SAGE Publishing, the Knight Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For more information, please contact CASBS program director Betsy Rajala (

Past Activities

CISIL Overview