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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Our Work

Leader: Angela Hawken

Angela Hawken

Director  / NYU Marron Institute

Program Director  / Litmus

Professor of Public Policy  / NYU Marron Institute