Litmus is an interdisciplinary team that promotes innovation in the public sector. We work with public agencies across a range of policy issues to engage stakeholders, help identify and develop promising strategies, support constant process improvement, and foster organic innovation through ongoing iterative evaluation.
We create opportunities for research to be done with, rather than to, practitioners and the people they serve. We believe in the importance of people and place; we never adopt a one-size-fits-all approach to policies and practices.
Litmus changes the way knowledge is created in the public sector. We strive to nurture a culture of engagement and experimentation, empowering public agencies to test their own ideas in their own environments. In our efforts to support research and provide technical assistance, Litmus engages the experience, expertise, and initiative of our practitioner partners and their clients to help them identify and solve their own problems. We call this process “deliberative innovation,” and we apply the approach in all our work, including in our criminal justice efforts as “deliberative corrections.”