We are guided by a set of shared values and principles:


  • Ambition to improve human wellbeing through problem-focused partnerships that create new evidence, ideas, and solutions to pressing social problems;
  • Humility about the university’s role as only one part of what is required to make progress; 
  • Diversity of views, experiences, and perspectives in our work and operations;
  • Equity and inclusion in our programs and our practices;
  • High risk-tolerance for new approaches and ideas, recognizing many investments may generate meaningful progress without definitively solving a social problem;
  • Transparency and openness about our work and what we learn;
  • Scientific rigor and high standards for evidence and research; 
  • Curiosity and collaboration across disciplines, schools, and institutions; and
  • A relentless focus on outcomes that improve people’s lives.