The BetaGov team has a great deal to be grateful for. To the public agencies we partner with, we are humbled by your dedication to improving the lives of those you serve. Thank you for allowing us to learn from you and with you.
We are grateful to our academic institutions. Thank you Pepperdine for providing our initial home, the can-do attitude of the School of Public Policy and by the Office of Sponsored Programs gave us the early roots that allowed us to grow; although we have moved on the friendships we made with you all will endure. Thank you to New York University, especially Paul Romer and later Clay Gillette, for recognizing the potential of BetaGov and for providing our new academic home to expand our work. The intellectual curiosity and creativity of the NYU faculty and researchers is matched by their spirit of collaboration, helping us create tools for assisting public agencies that we had never imagined possible.
None of our work would be possible without financial support from philanthropic organizations. We are so grateful to our funders. You have done more than write checks. That you believed in our big idea to transform how knowledge is created in the public sector, gave us the confidence to dream about transformational change. And with your support those dreams are being realized and felt in dozens of agencies across the country. Thank you to Give Well and Good Ventures for the seed money that got us started. And to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for the subsequent funding that allowed us to expand and recruit an interdisciplinary team of problem solvers targeting innovation within criminal justice. Thank you to the Smith Richardson Foundation for allowing us to take these same ideas of innovation and testing into K-12 education.
Thank you to our BetaGov-trained Pracademics. You are a rapidly growing community. Thank you for stepping up! Each of you is a spark of light in the public sector and together you are creating a transformative blaze.
Thank you to our families who have supported us through the long nights, back-to-back trips, and coffee benders of this formative year.
Happy Thanksgiving from the BetaGov team.