The Policy Labs We Urgently Need
When it comes to evidence-based policymaking, states are out ahead of the feds. These efforts to turn data into insights should be expanded.
An associate fellow at the Governance Lab at New York University, Anirudh Dinesh conducts research on governance innovation. He is a member of the team designing and piloting experiments for new models of public engagement, what the GovLab calls people-led innovation, to improve the legitimacy and effectiveness of policymaking and solve urgent problems.
In addition, Dinesh is a member of the data labs research team looking at how governments can create the infrastructure, including the necessary skills and governance rules, to facilitate the use of administrative data for evaluating and improving public programs. With a grant from Markets for Good, he is collaborating with New Philanthropy Capital in the United Kingdom to craft a series of case studies about data labs and explore how they can enable charities as well as government to conduct more data-driven impact evaluations.
Dinesh holds a master's degree in computer engineering from New York University and an undergraduate degree in electronics and communication engineering from the Visvesvaraya Technological University in India. While studying there, he interned at the Defence Research and Development Organization, where he implemented the autonomous indoor navigation of a quadcopter.