Putting Social Science to Work for Society
The world’s biggest social problems are complex, multi-faceted, and stubborn. No academic center, company, or organization can solve issues like economic inequality, immigration, or political polarization alone. We need leaders with different kinds of expertise and experiences to come together to create fresh insights, evidence, and action to make progress. Stanford Impact Labs is a new university-wide model that transforms teaching, training, and investment in the social sciences in order to increase our public impact. We provide financial investment and mentoring to highly- motivated teams of researchers and practitioners from government, business, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropy. Our model creates new ways for them to jointly develop, test, and scale new solutions to social problems that affect millions of people worldwide.