Litmus promotes innovation in the public sector. We work with public agencies and the people they serve to develop and rigorously test new ideas for improving the performance of the public sector.

Litmus creates opportunities for research to be done with, rather than on, public sector practitioners and the people they serve. We believe in the importance of people and place, and we never adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to policies and practices.

Whether working with agencies focused on criminal justice, education, healthcare, or social services, Litmus aims to change the way that knowledge is created in the public sector. We facilitate “deliberative innovation”—a process of engagement and experimentation that empowers public agencies to test their own ideas, on their own terms, with the full confidence that our team will support them on the analytical details. 

Join the Marron Institute's newsletter to learn more about Litmus

Leader: Angela Hawken

Angela Hawken
Angela Hawken
Program Director / Litmus
Professor of Public Policy

Angela Hawken, Ph.D., is a Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and director of the Litmus program. She is the founder and director of BetaGov, a resource center for practitioner-led trials that provides tools to develop and conduct experimental tests of practices and policies in order to increase the pace of innovation in criminal-justice and other policy areas. She is also the founder and director of Segregation Solutions, which supports stakeholder-led innovation and research in reducing the use of solitary confinement. Additionally, she is the principal investigator of several studies that test “Swift Certain Fair” (SCF) strategies to reduce recidivism and incarceration; she led the advisory teams to the Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) in its statewide rollout of Swift and Certain and to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) in its RESET parole-reform effort. She works with agencies in 14 states that are implementing and evaluating SCF in community corrections and in custody. Dr. Hawken completed a bachelor’s degree, an honors degree, and graduate coursework in economics at the University of the Witwatersrand, as well as a Ph.D. in policy analysis at the RAND Graduate School.

Featured Blog Posts

View all blog posts
/ Oct 24,2016

Graduated Reintegration

Angela Hawken's Presentation at the Hamilton Project

more on: public safety