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. 

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Leader: Angela Hawken

Angela Hawken
Angela Hawken

Program Director  / Litmus

Professor of Public Policy

Featured Blog Posts

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/ Jul 20,2018

Bridging the Academic-Practitioner Divide

Angela Hawken Talks with Milan Vaishnav about BetaGov

/ Jun 15,2018

Rapid Cycle Innovation in the Public Sector

New Course for Fall 2018 with Professor Angela Hawken

/ Jan 11,2018

Text Message Probation Appointment Reminders

A BetaGov Trial with Santa Barbara County Probation

/ Oct 24,2016

Graduated Reintegration

Angela Hawken's Presentation at the Hamilton Project

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Alaska Public Media
/ Jun 23,2017

Litmus advises Alaska DOC and ACLU

Alaska looks to reform its solitary confinement practices