Created in November 2015, the Multnomah Idea Lab (MIL) is part of the Multnomah Department of County Human Services (DCHS). The MIL is charged with seeking policy and innovation solutions within the human services sector and local County government.

A learning lab to study and test new approaches to fight poverty and racism, the MIL seeks to positively change community conditions resulting from the intersection of poverty and race. The MIL’s work focuses on three areas:

  • practicing Human Centered/Collaborative Design (HCD);

  • seeking out Critical Thinking; and,

  • conducting Applied Research tests in the real world