Real Time Policy Experimentation

LEEP is premised on the idea that process is policy and that experimentation is the key to successful policy in a world of uncertainty. We look for conditions of possibility, for places where interesting things are happening, where creative idea work is underway, and where collaborative processes are taking hold. We start with the concrete and operate inductively. Policy innovation is what emerges out of these processes. We focus on supporting and understanding how this happens in particular places – often in unpredictable ways. All of LEEP’s projects are directly involved in or connected to real-time policy processes. And all of them are also designed as experiments, with particular attention to measuring and learning from results. We believe that a recursive approach to policy design and problem solving is much more realistic in a bottom-up world and much more conducive to developing effective solutions and lessons for other ongoing processes.

Current Projects

Governors’ Climate and Forests (GCF) Task Force is LEEP’s largest policy experimentation project. In 2017, the GCF Task Force reached 38 member states and provinces that encompass more than 1/3rd of the world’s tropical forests. Each member is committed to using innovative approaches to reach the goals of the Rio Branco Declaration and reduce deforestation by 80% by 2020. Learn More.

Clean Energy for El Alto aims to make El Alto, Bolivia’s first “solar” city by promoting a vision among city leaders and developing institutional capabilities at the local level. Clean Energy for El Alto unites clean energy development experience from the University of Colorado (CU) with local expertise and political leadership in the municipality of El Alto. LEEP is currently focused on implementing ten pilot solar installations (five this year) to showcase clean energy solutions in largely public spaces. Learn More.