The Texas Policy Lab (TPL) aims to change how policy is developed, implemented and evaluated in the state of Texas by providing rigorous, unbiased, timely, evidenced-based research to the key players in the decision-making process. TPL partners with state and local governments of Texas to evaluate the impact of select policies and programs. With the guidance and help of the Rice University faculty, TPL generates scientific evidence and knowledge that assist the Texas government bodies to tackle social and economic problems. These partnership will improve Texas state and local governments’ capacity to utilize data, research and technology in policymaking and resource allocation. TPL’s projects are initiated through a close partnership with government bodies and are guided by the pressing problems that our partners wish to solve.