Texas Policy Lab

The Texas Policy Lab brings expertise and leading-edge scientific research to partnerships with state and local agencies seeking to develop, implement or refine programs designed to address the state’s social and economic challenges and opportunities. By providing scientific insight and independent, timely evaluations of current social and economic programs and new initiatives in the state of Texas, the Texas Policy Lab increases the state government’s capacity to provide critical public services and successful outcomes for its constituents.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research Houston Education Research Consortium

The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) aims to produce research that is relevant, timely and useful for school district decision-making to address educational inequality in Houston and beyond.

Diverging from the traditional academic research model, HERC uses a partnership research model with the following features: a jointly developed research agenda that involves both university researchers and district leaders; a long-term, rather than project-based, collaboration that works to solve longstanding problems; a research agenda based on local questions and embedded in the local context and a focus on informing decision-makers directly.