Nava Labs

Prototyping systems change

Nava Labs is a new, philanthropically funded division within Nava PBC focused on prototyping policy and systems changes within government programs and advocating for their adoption. This interdisciplinary team leverages Nava’s deep delivery experience to identify critical wedges where philanthropy can add velocity to public interest projects and build more trustworthy public institutions.

Envisioning the future together

What we do:

Partner with government agencies, legislators, think tanks, non-profits, and universities

Deliver landscape reports, demo projects and pilots

Strengthen the loop between policy, programmatic mission, and implementation

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We can meet immediate needs while also reducing the systemic barriers to the change we want to see.

Kate Girard, Former Montana WIC Director on working with Nava Labs

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Let's talk about what we can build together.

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Unlocking technology for WIC

Nava Labs’ first focus area envisions a future where digital tools make it easier for families to receive and staff to administer benefits through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), helping 6 million parents and children and reducing infant mortality by 33 percent. Learn more about our work with WIC.

Decision Support Tools

Nava’s partnerships mark a first-of-its-kind exploratory project that seeks to answer if generative and predictive AI can be used ethically to help reduce administrative burdens for benefits navigators such as caseworkers, call center specialists, community health workers, and other community partners.