Research and Results

Research and Results

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Evaluation of the Digital Media & Learning Competition

This evaluation found that the Competition has made considerable progress in shaping the digital media and learning landscape, spurring national conversation around “hot topics,” and has contributed to emerging networks around gaming for education and digital badges. More
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Report Details Global Impact Investing in 2014

A report by the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative showcases the use of public policy tools to expand the reach of impact investing across a range of developed and developing countries and regions.  More
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Learning Labs Becoming Innovation Spaces for Teens

A report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services details the growing impact that learning labs in libraries and museums across the country are having on teen learning. More
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Evidence-Based Policymaking: A Guide for Effective Government

A report outlines a comprehensive framework to assist policymakers in building a system of evidence-based government, helping them to achieve substantially better results by funding and operating public programs that are proven to work. More
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Report Finds Multifamily Lending Still Lagging in Cook County Neighborhoods

Cook County’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, which saw the greatest impact from the foreclosure and economic crisis, are still struggling when it comes to securing lending for multifamily housing. More
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A Nationwide Scorecard on Juvenile Records

According to a national scorecard released by Juvenile Law Center, most states are failing to protect sensitive information contained in juvenile court records, creating barriers to education, employment, and opportunities for many American youth.  More
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Civil Society Organizations Face Onslaught of Cyber Attacks

Civil society organizations working to protect human rights around the world are being bombarded with persistent and disruptive computer espionage attacks, according to a report from The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.  More
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Assessing Public Opinion on Immigration

A report shows that the surge of unaccompanied child migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border in the summer of 2014 had little effect on a 20-year trend of decreasing public concern over immigration. More
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Analyzing Maternal Mortality Across India

A network of civil society organizations in India have released an analysis of 124 maternal deaths from across the country in an effort to elucidate the circumstances under which women die in pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum.  More
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Assessing Interventions in Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health

A report from John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health identifies effective interventions to improve young people’s sexual and reproductive health.  More
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Youth Perspective on Being Tried as Adults

A report from the John Howard Association of Illinois explores how young people who have been tried, convicted and imprisoned as adults understand and perceive the process, and makes a number of recommendations for improving it. More
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Deportation and Discretion: Reviewing the Record and Options for Change

Since 1996, the U.S. has formally deported more than 4.6 million noncitizens, with about 3.7 million of these occurring since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, according to a new report. More
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Texas Juvenile Justice Reform Laws Successful

New data from the Texas Office of Court Administration reveals that two state laws passed in 2013 have fueled an 83 percent decline in the number of schoolchildren prosecuted in adult court for minor infractions. More
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Taking Stock of the Children’s Health Insurance Program

A report shows that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a joint state-federal partnership, covered 8.1 million children at a cost of more than $13 billion in 2013. More
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Report Finds Striking Differences In Partisans' Media Habits

When it comes to getting news about politics and government, those with consistent liberal or conservative views have information streams that are distinct from individuals with mixed political views — and very distinct from each other, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.  More
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Human Rights and Technology

A study by Partners for Human Rights Information, Methodology, & Analysis seeks to help funders make strategic investments to harness technology in the service of human rights. More
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Assessing City Fiscal Conditions

The National League of Cities’ 28th annual survey of city finance officers reveals improvement in both the overall economy and in city fiscal conditions. More
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Campaign Spending in the States

Since 2010, outside spending in state elections has increased dramatically, according a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, a MacArthur grantee.  More
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Non-Candidate Spending On the Rise In State Elections

Non-candidate spending has increased in state elections since 2010, in part because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, according to “Who’s Calling the Shots in State Politics?”  More
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Update: Fifth Threat Assessment of Nigeria 2015 Election Security

A fifth threat assessment by the CLEEN Foundation in advance of Nigeria’s 2015 general election articulates increasing concerns about high levels of insecurity and violence anticipated during and immediately after the election. More
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Workshop Explores Changes in Public Science Engagement

Storytelling, standup comedy, and use of the arts are just some of the ways of mainstreaming science, according to a report about contemporary public science engagement. More
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Midwest Immigration Integration Initiatives on the Rise

A report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs provides an overview of state, city, and metropolitan immigration integration programs in the Midwest. More
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Advancing the Use of Evidence in Social Policy

A brief from the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy outlines an increasing demand for and uptake of evidence-based approaches to policymaking, especially in the federal government. More
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Study Finds Precincts with More Minorities Experienced Longer Voting Lines in 2012

Precincts with fewer poll workers and voting machines and more minorities experienced longer voting lines in the 2012 presidential election, according to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. More
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Improving Outcomes for Youth Involved with the Justice System

Reports from the Council of State Governments Justice Center offer state and local governments recommendations to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. More
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Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Public Policies

A new online resource provides policymakers with an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various programs as rated by eight national research clearinghouses.  More
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Book Maps Possibilities at the Intersection of Law and Neuroscience

A book released by The MacArthur Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is designed to be the definitive reference for judges, lawyers, and students on the intersection of law and neuroscience. More
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Mobility Among Highly Creative People: What Data About MacArthur Fellows Reveal

Data compiled for the first time show that creativity blossoms everywhere; MacArthur Fellows were born in 64 countries, 47 states, and Washington, DC, and they are far more mobile than the general population. More
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Why Juvenile Justice Matters to Counties

Briefs from the National Association of Counties assert the critical importance of juvenile justice reform to protecting communities, improving opportunity for youth, and reducing costs for counties. More
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New Mexico’s Evidence-based Approach to Better Governance

A brief highlights the accomplishments of New Mexico’s work with the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative to use sophisticated cost-benefit analysis to inform policy and budget decisions. More
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Report Finds Ongoing Voting Rights Discrimination in the United States

African American, Latino, Asian American, and Native American voters are more likely to face discrimination in this year’s elections than at any point in recent decades, according to a new report. More
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Task Force Recommends Ways to Improve Transnational Security

The task force recommends ways government and industry can more effectively promote both security and economic competitiveness for sustainable public-private partnerships. More
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Comparing State Spending on Employee Health Insurance

Spending on health insurance for state employees was up slightly in 2013 over the previous two years, with the cost varying widely from state to state, according to the State Health Care Spending Project. More
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Report Examines Resilience of Multifamily Housing

The challenges of retrofitting New York City’s multifamily housing stock against future climate threats, including the potential effect on the city’s limited stock of affordable housing, are examined in a report by the New York University Furman Center. More
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Assessing the Impact of Immigration Law in Mexico

A Spanish-language report illustrates the obstacles faced by Central American migrants living in Mexico in obtaining and renewing temporary residency visas. More
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Assessing the DACA Population Nationally and by State

This report provides the most up-to-date estimates of the current and prospective Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals population and shows wide variation in application rates across states and national-origin groups. More
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Law Enforcement Leaders Key to Juvenile Justice Reform

Law enforcement leaders possess strong but untapped potential to improve their agencies’ response to juvenile justice, according to a report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. More
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Mapping Project Quantifies Peru’s Carbon Stocks

Scientists unveiled the first high-resolution map of carbon stocks stored on land throughout the entire country of Peru using a new methodology with implications for managing future market-based carbon economies. More
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How State and Local Governments Can Improve Outcomes for Youth

Two publications break down what state and local governments can do to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. More
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Website Captures the Global Human Rights Funding Landscape

The report shows that 745 foundations in 34 countries made over 17,000 grants totaling $1.7 billion in human rights funding in 2011, the latest year for which data is available. More
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Grantees’ Work Prompts Systemic Reforms to Immigration Courts

Federal immigration courts have adopted two reforms that will expand access to legal protection for unaccompanied child migrants.  More
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Case Studies Look at Housing Preservation Efforts

The studies explore the history of properties and how they came to be preserved in Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. More
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Assessing State Prison Health Care Spending

Health care for prison inmates accounts for about a fifth of state correctional budgets, according to a report released by the State Health Care Spending Project. More
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E-book Series Explores Digital Media and Learning

These free e-books go behind the research in the field of digital media and learning to show how young people learn, play, and participate in the world around them, applying new tools, values, and ideas. More
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Update: Nigeria 2015 Election Security Threat Assessment

The use of federal force in crushing opposition may be the greatest threat to the success of Nigeria’s 2015 general election, according to an updated election security threat assessment from the Cleen Foundation.  More
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Tracking Key Health Indicators

The amount a state spends on health care services is not necessarily correlated with better or worse health status, according to a report released as part of the State Health Care Spending Project. More
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Assessing State Medicaid Spending

The State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation, released a 50-state study on Medicaid spending and enrollment trends. More
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Retrofit Program Results in Energy and Water Savings in Multi-Family Units

A green retrofit program implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reduced energy consumption in multifamily properties in Illinois by 18 percent, and water consumption by 26 percent, according to a report. More
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Immigration Counters Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest

Immigration is a demographic lifeline for metropolitan areas throughout the 12-state Midwest region, according to a report released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. More
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At Nuclear Facilities, Danger Lurks Within

Insider threats are the most serious challenge confronting nuclear facilities in today's world, according to a report by Matthew Bunn of Harvard University and Scott Sagan of Stanford University. More
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Study Finds New Voting Restrictions in 22 States

The study provides an in-depth look at U.S. voting restrictions that have been passed since 2010, laws that will be effective for the first time in 2014, and major ongoing lawsuits. More
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Task Force Calls For Safe, Private, Student-Centered Learning

The report lays out steps for implementing five essential principles seen as critical to this shift: student-centered learning networks, equity of access, interoperability, digital literacy, and learner safety, privacy, and trust.  More
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DACA Recipients See Increase in Economic Opportunity

Two years after the initiation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, beneficiaries of DACA have experienced a pronounced increase in economic opportunities, according to a national survey. More
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Survey Finds Growing Polarization Affects Politics and Everyday Life

Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades, according to a nationwide 10,000-person survey. More
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Survey Examines Expectations for Regional Power and Order in Asia

The survey asked non-governmental experts who help shape the debate on Asian security about their regional security perceptions and expectations. More
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Housing Challenges Real For Many Americans, Finds 2014 How Housing Matters Survey

This second-annual national survey found that while there are some indicators that the American public’s views about the housing crisis are shifting toward the positive, large proportions of the public are not feeling the relief. More
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Landscape management in Chocó-Darién priority watersheds

The report finds that addressing the threats and drivers of biodiversity loss in this ecoregion is important in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change and preserve the lives and traditions of indigenous communities.  More
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Report Examines Social Impact of Corporate Investing

Some leading corporate venture capital funds are investing in deals that provide financial return as well as social and/or environment impact, according to Volans. More
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Civic Federation Warns Against Using Extended Tax Increase for New Spending in Illinois

The report calls on the state to use any increased revenue generated in the budget to stabilize state finances by significantly reducing the massive backlog of unpaid bills. More
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Women's and Children's Health: A New Global Investment Framework

An additional investment of $30 billion per year in countries with high maternal and child mortality rates could prevent approximately 5 million maternal deaths and 147 million child deaths by 2035, according to a study by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health More
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Rapid Growth in U.S. Incarceration Rate

The rate at which people in the United States are incarcerated has increased fivefold over the past 40 years, according to a report from the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice.  More
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HUD Secretary Sees Need For Housing Finance Reform

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan discussed the need for reform of the nation’s housing finance system during an event organized by the Bipartisan Policy Center. More

How Housing Matters Research Briefs

A series of briefs that capture the essential findings and insights of research completed as part of the How Housing Matters to Families and Communities initiative. More
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Update: Assessing Security Threats in Nigeria Prior to 2015 Elections

An update from the CLEEN Foundation provides an assessment of security threats as Nigeria’s 2015 elections approach.  More
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Connected Learning Among LittleBigPlanet 2 Players

This case report examines the popular video game that allows players to create their own costumes, games, and worlds and finds that player demographic differences, among other factors, can enable and constrain learning opportunities.  More
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States Performed Better in 2012 Elections

Overall, states did better elections performance in 2012 than they did in 2008, according to the Elections Performance Index from the Pew Charitable Trusts.  More
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Guiding Justice Officials to Maximize Migrant Rights Protection

A set of guidelines for officials who preside over cases that affect migrants and persons subject to international protection has been published by the Mexican Supreme Court. More
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Preventing Fraud in Migrant Worker Recruitment

In response to high levels of fraud and abuse by recruiters of migrant workers seeking employment in the U.S., four MacArthur grantees launched a campaign to support workers in Mexico. More
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Insuring the Uninsured: Evaluating the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment

The brief evaluates the Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research’s Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, which expanded Medicaid coverage to a limited number of individuals selected by a lottery. More
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Benefit-Cost Analysis in Support of Children, Youth, and Families

Benefit-cost analyses hold great promise for influencing policies related to children, youth, and families, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences. More
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Data Analysis Helps Protect African Wildlife

Conservationists have developed a more efficient way to protect the heart of Africa's wildlife — the Greater Virunga Landscape spanning Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society. More
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Finding Energy Efficiency Savings in Multifamily Housing

A report and case study by Elevate Energy (formerly CNT Energy) investigates the environmental, owner, and tenant non-energy benefits of three affordable multifamily buildings in Chicago. More
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Placing Juveniles on Sex Offender Registries is Counterproductive

Requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders can hinder rehabilitation efforts and have significant, long-term negative consequences for young perpetrators who are statistically unlikely to re-offend, according to a report released by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. More
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'What We Know' Report Outlines Climate Change Facts

The report "What We Know" warns that humans are at risk of pushing the climate system toward abrupt, unpredictable, and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts More
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Assessing the Over-Incarceration of “Status Offenders”

Minor juvenile misbehaviors, such as truancy and curfew violations, may lead to a youth being placed in a secure facility, surrounded by more serious offenders, and kept from their schoolwork, according to a MacArthur-supported report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  More
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Advancing Nuclear Security: Evaluating Progress and Setting New Goals

The nuclear security effort must now shift from short-term improvements toward a focus on a continued search for excellence, according to a MacArthur-supported report by Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. More
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Securing China's Nuclear Future

Chinese perceptions of the threat of nuclear terrorism and its actions to improve nuclear security are examined in a MacArthur-supported report by Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  More
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Assessing the Impact of Maternal Deaths in Kenya

A woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth every two hours in Kenya, according to a new report from MacArthur grantees Family Care International and the International Center for Research on Women, and the KEMRI-CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration.  More
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Foreign Use of U.S. Internet Servers in Cyber-spying

An Italian computer spyware firm, Hacking Team, whose tools foreign governments allegedly have used to spy on dissidents and journalists, relies heavily on the servers of U.S. Internet companies, according to a new report from The Citizen Lab More
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How Americans Think About Immigration

Two reports from the FrameWorks Institute delve into Americans’ attitudes toward immigration and how these attitudes influence dialogue and one’s approach to immigration-related issues.  More
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Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding shows how shared waters prove to be a natural resource with great potential for interstate cooperation and rebuilding trust after conflict.  More
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Keeping Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Safe from Violence

Through interviews with more than 400 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico held in U.S. federal custody, a report from the UNHCR explores the causes of a recent surge in immigration to the United States by unaccompanied children.  More
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Japan Could Be Building an Irresistible Terrorist Target, Experts Say

Japan is building one of the world's newest, largest, and most controversial nuclear fuel production plants that some experts warn might create a stockpile of plutonium that could be targeted by terrorists. More
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Achieving Long-Term Fiscal Sustainability in Illinois

This report reviews Governor Quinn’s three-year budget projection and proposes a comprehensive five-year plan for achieving long-term fiscal sustainability for the State of Illinois. More
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Recommendations for Public Pension Plan Reforms

The report outlines recommendations to improve the current state of pension plan funding as total unfunded public pension liabilities in the U.S. near $1 trillion by some estimates. More
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States Benefit from Results First Initiative

States implementing an analytic cost-benefit model pioneered by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative are seeing important policymaking successes, according to a brief.  More
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Indonesia Declares Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary in the World

Indonesia has granted full-protected status to its manta ray populations within the waters of its exclusive economic zone, effectively creating a 6 million square kilometer manta ray sanctuary.  More
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Cambodia Creates New Protected Forest

The government of Cambodia has classified nearly 67,000 hectares as protected forest, creating a unique important bird and biodiversity area now known as the Siem Pang Protected Forest. More
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Illinois’ Undocumented Immigrants

A report by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights provides a rare statistical portrait of undocumented immigrants in Illinois.  More
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Midwest Business Leaders Support Immigration

A report released by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows bipartisan support among Midwestern business leaders to pass immigration reform.  More
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State, Local Government Spending on Health Care Grew Faster Than National Rate in 2012

Total U.S. health care spending grew slowly in 2012, rising about four percent, but the story for state and local governments was dramatically different, according to an analysis from the State Health Care Spending Project More
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Reducing the Risk of School Dropout and Violence Involvement Among Chicago Youth

A paper conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, suggests a promising approach for helping the most challenged students, who often arrive in high school several years behind their peers. More
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Identifying the Connections Between Infant and Maternal Health

Adopting a continuum of care approach to maternal and newborn health can significantly improve their health outcomes, according to a study by Family Care International More
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Aiding Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System

Youth in the juvenile justice system experience mental health disorders at a rate three times higher than that of the general youth population, according to a white paper from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change. More
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State Fiscal Strains Linger in Economic Recovery

The report outlines a troubling picture of the unsustainable fiscal position of many states and their local governments across the country More
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Himalayan Sherpas Impacted by Climate Change

Himalayan Sherpas in the Everest region of Nepal are aware of local changes occurring as a result of climate change, but continue to be excluded from local, national and international discussions on the issue, according to a study by Resources Himalaya Foundation More
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New Study Highlights Wealth of Members of Congress

A study by the Center for Responsive Politics on the personal financial data of lawmakers, the Supreme Court, and some Administration officials found that, for the first time in history, more than half of the members of the House and Senate are millionaires. More
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Ahead of 2015 Nigerian Elections, Security is a Challenge

An updated report by the CLEEN Foundation assesses security threats and mitigating factors in Nigeria as the country nears its 2015 elections.  More
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Mapping the Trajectory of the Maternal Health Field

The paper states that the health of the mother during pregnancy and childbirth was not a focus for policymaking, research, and programming until 1985. More
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Updated Nuclear Materials Security Index Calls for Strengthened Global System

The Nuclear Threat Initiative released the second edition of a first-of-its-kind public assessment of nuclear materials security conditions around the world. More
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Data, Information, and Research Needs in the Event of Legalization for the Unauthorized Population

A new paper states that a number of data, information, and research needs must be met to ensure the proper implementation of a large-scale legalization program for the unauthorized population living in the U.S. More
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Report Shows Continued Reduction in Youth Incarceration Nationwide

The report highlights the continued positive trend in the nine states leading the nation in reducing incarceration, and showcases a handful of states that have opened the door for future progress. More
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Report Stresses Assistance Over Prosecution for “Status Offending” Youth

A report from the Vera Institute of Justice stresses that responding to “status offenses” in court can lead to deeper juvenile justice system involvement, including detention or placement in a residential facility – outcomes that are out of proportion to the young people’s actions. More
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Report Examines State of Housing and Health in Older Americans

Housing remains the dominant asset of more than 47 million older Americans, 80 percent of whom are homeowners, according to a report by the Research Institute For Housing America.  More
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U.S. Renters Face Growing Affordability Problems

The MacArthur-supported report finds affordability problems for renters have skyrocketed over the past decade both in number and the share of renters facing them.  More
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Report Outlines Best Practices for Energy Savings in Multifamily Buildings

The MacArthur-supported report provides a snapshot of the possibilities for energy savings and for reaching new customers. More
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Evaluating Virginia’s Justice System

A policy brief from the Justice Policy Institute asserts that the state of Virginia will face an escalating crisis if it does not take steps to reassess and change its approach to crime and imprisonment.  More
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Growing Older But Not Old: Insight on Aging and Health

For many, growing older is not accompanied by life-limiting declines in health, according to a new study from the MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society and published in the Journals of Gerontology. More
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Assessing the Flow of Tech Talent into Government and Civil Society

An evaluation of the technology talent landscape shows a severe paucity of individuals with technical skills in computer science, data science, and the Internet or other information technology expertise in civil society and government. More
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Evaluating the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program

The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) launched during the height of the recession with the intention of stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and reducing emissions, was actually far more expensive per job created than alternative fiscal stimulus programs More
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Mapping Project Reveals Gold Mining Ravaging Peru

For the first time, researchers have been able to map the true extent of gold mining in the biologically diverse region of Madre De Dios in the Peruvian Amazon. More
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Managing Prison Health Care Spending

Prison health care spending in 44 states totaled $6.5 billion in 2008, out of $36.8 billion in overall institutional correctional expenditures, according to a report from The State Health Care Spending Project. More
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Assessing the Economic Impacts of Immigration Reform

The MacArthur-supported study assesses the economic and budgetary costs and benefits of varying policy frameworks for immigration reform, finding that it has the potential to significantly increase the number of young, working-age people in the economy. More
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'Squared Away Chicago' App to Improve Tenant-Landlord Relationships

The app will also allow landlords to manage connections with building tenants and respond more quickly to inquiries or issues.  More
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Role of Money and Politics Grows in Judicial Elections

The report finds increased politicization and escalating spending in state judicial campaigns, as well as the growing role of special interest money.  More
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MacArthur Awards $2.8 Million to Support Research on How Housing Matters

Recipients will utilize and connect existing data sets – such as Medicaid, utility, and school data – to reveal insights into the effectiveness of housing policies and related public programs. More
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Assessing Crime and Safety in Nigeria

An annual survey assessing crime and safety in Nigeria shows that 25 percent of Nigerians were victims of crime during the past year, down from 31 percent the year before.  More
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Encouraging Collaboration Toward Civic Technology Innovation

A guidebook published by Emerson College’s Engagement Game Lab describes how government, community organizations, and academic researchers can collaborate on developing new tools, processes, and knowledge for innovating civic life in cities. More
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Nearly Half of U.S. States Enact Juvenile Justice Reforms

The report highlights reforms in 23 states that include limiting states’ authority to house young people in adult jails and prisons. More
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Seeking an End to Child Marriage in South Asia

South Asia accounts for almost half of all child marriages that occur globally – the most of any region in the world – according to a report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, a MacArthur grantee.  More
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Building Influential Alliances to Meet Societal Challenges

A paper produced by Living Cities explores the traits and components of successful cross-sector partnerships that can yield innovative efforts to solve deeply entrenched societal problems. More
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City Fiscal Conditions in 2013

The National League of Cities’ 28th annual survey of city finance officers reveals an overall picture of a gradually improving economy and improving city fiscal conditions.  More
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Delaying Aging May Be a Better Investment Than Fighting Disease

Substantial health and economic returns from delayed aging may warrant a new course for medical research, according to a study by members of the MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society. More
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A Collective Impact Case Study: Opportunity Chicago

A case study analyzes how the initiative successfully helped 5,000 public housing residents prepare for and find quality jobs by connecting low-skilled, low income job seekers to workforce development resources.  More
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Assessing Attitudes of Law Enforcement on Juvenile Justice

A survey of nearly 1,000 law enforcement leaders reveals a large gap between the role the law enforcement community believes it should have in the juvenile justice system and the role it actually plays. More
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Improving Learning Outcomes for Children Worldwide

A report by the Learning Metrics Task Force offers recommendations for a holistic and innovative framework to help countries and international organizations measure and improve learning outcomes for children and youth worldwide. More
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Number of Immigration Measures Passed by U.S. Increases in 2013

The number of immigration-related laws passed by U.S. states rebounded sharply in the first half of 2013, spurred in part by a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's clampdown on immigration. More
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The Cost of Being 'Crime Free'

A growing trend in Illinois and across the country of establishing crime free rental housing and nuisance property ordinances has costly consequences for tenant families, landlords, and entire communities. More
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Poor Quality Housing Is Tied to Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Problems

Housing quality and housing stability matter to children’s well-being, according to MacArthur-supported research detailed in a How Housing Matters Policy Brief. More
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Inside the 17-year Mission to Secure a Legacy of Soviet Nuclear Testing

A report from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs examines that effort and distills lessons for future efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate the threat posed by nuclear materials. More
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Colombia Giving Greater Scrutiny to Mining Projects

After years of green-lighting large gold, copper, nickel, and coal mining projects, Colombia's central government and local authorities appear to be exercising more caution now as concerns grow about the potential impacts on air and water quality. More
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The Impact of Deferred Action on Young Adult Immigrants

On the one-year of the anniversary of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Immigration Policy Center released early findings from the National UnDACAmented Research Project More
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Engaging Chicago’s Youth in Civic Innovation

July and August marked the inaugural Civic Innovation Summer, an experimental summer jobs program for teens focused on civics, media, and technology.  More
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Travel, Tourism Workers Struggle to Cover Housing

In the midst of a housing and economic recovery, many travel and tourism sector workers struggle to afford housing in metro areas across the country, according to a new report by the Center for Housing Policy. More
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Alternative Approaches to Governing Transnational Labor Recruitment

A paper from George Washington University assesses the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to governance of international labor recruitment practices.  More
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Room for Consensus: Principles for the Immigration Debate

A statement issued by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Immigration Task Force sets forth several principles to help move the immigration debate forward at its current critical juncture.  More
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MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth

Building on its nearly 20-year, $150 million investment in supporting juvenile justice reform, MacArthur announced an additional commitment of $15 million to the field, in part to establish the new Models for Change Resource Center Partnership.  More
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Report Finds Cost-Benefit Analyses Improve Budget Choices & Taxpayer Results

A new report shows cost-benefit analyses have helped states make better investments of public dollars by identifying programs and policies that deliver high returns. However, the majority of states are not yet consistently using this approach when making critical decisions. More
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Database Project Reveals Diversity of Bolivian Wildlife

The Wildlife Conservation Society has published a large database of mammals in Bolivia, shedding light on the poorly known yet vast wildlife diversity of the South American country. More
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Evaluating the Homebuyer Tax Credit and Other Policies

A series of $22 billion in tax credits approved in 2009-2010 intended to stimulate housing demand did produce modest results in the short term. More
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Projections Show Significant Changes in Long-Term Budget Outlook

Recent legislation and other factors have substantially improved the long-term budget outlook, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). More
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Assessing Security Risks in Nigeria’s 2015 Elections

The political temperature in Nigeria is heating up in advance of its 2015 elections, with eight Nigerian states facing major threats to security, according to a risk assessment conducted by the MacArthur-supported CLEEN Foundation. More
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Study Examines How Young Job Seekers Manage Online Privacy

A first-of-its-kind study by Northwestern University looks at how young adults approach online reputation management. More
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How a Huge U.S. Nonproliferation Program Became a Major Proliferation Concern

An ambitious federal project to convert weapons-grade plutonium into commercial nuclear reactor fuel is one of the most troubled, technically complex, costly, and controversial efforts to secure nuclear material, according to the first in a series of reports. More
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Measuring the Success of Social Service Organizations

The guide, Measuring Success, supported by MacArthur through its Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative, outlines the major steps in conducting an outcome evaluation.  More
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Improving Government through Data Analytics

Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has launched Data-Smart City Solutions, an initiative aimed at using big data and analytics to transform the way local government operates. More
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Nine States Leading the Nation in Juvenile Justice Reform

The number of youth confined in state and county facilities has declined dramatically in nine states that are leading the nation on juvenile justice reforms. More
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NGOs Create Monitoring Group to Reform Mexico’s Criminal Justice System

The group hopes to reform certain practices, including the use of pretrial detention, and will share their analyses publicly. More
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Surprise Species at Risk From Climate Change

The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is one of the largest of its kind and assesses all the world's birds, amphibians and corals. More
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Study Links Equity to Sustained Economic Growth

Metropolitan regions that are more equal and integrated with respect to income, race, and place are more likely to sustain economic growth over time, according to a study by the MacArthur Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. More
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Analyzing the Status of Local Pension Funding

The report attributes the declining health of Chicago-area public pension funds in large part to inadequate employer contributions over a sustained period and recent investment losses. More
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Assessing Existing and Needed Research in Secondary Education

The report reviews evidence to date on post-primary education and highlights gaps in the literature, with a focus on identifying policies that should be given the highest priority for future research.  More
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Assessing Juvenile Justice Progress in Illinois

A report from the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA), a non-partisan prison watchdog group, states that the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is making strides toward research-driven reforms, but that significant progress is yet to be made. More
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Advancing Regional Competitiveness through Collaboration on Migration

The report outlines the powerful demographic, economic, and social forces that are reshaping Mexico and much of Central America and changing longstanding migration dynamics with the United States. More
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Weighing Options for Reducing Medicare Costs

With Medicare spending projected to increase to 24 percent of all federal spending by 2037, policymakers are again considering ways to curb the program’s spending growth. More
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Access to Medicaid Increases Healthcare Use

A MacArthur-supported study recently released in The New England Journal of Medicine found that access to Medicaid increased the use of healthcare. More
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After Long Lines of 2012, States Push to Expand Voting Access

Nearly 200 bills to expand voting access were introduced in 45 states in 2013, with many drawing bipartisan support. More
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Assessing Migrant Recruitment and Contracting Abuses

Despite international standards to protect migrant workers, their labor rights are frequently abused, especially if they have immigrated in an irregular fashion. More
Thumbnail image for Assessing Gaps in Reproductive Health Services in Emergency Settings

Assessing Gaps in Reproductive Health Services in Emergency Settings

The report, conducted by expert consultants commissioned by MacArthur, provides an overview of the current status, major actors, challenges, and funding situation in the field. More
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How Housing Matters Survey Finds American Attitudes Transformed by Housing Crisis, Changes in Lifestyle

National Opinion Survey finds strong support for Rental housing and more balanced national housing policy, even as Americans believe the housing crisis continues. More
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Report Identifies Models, Gaps in How Communities Adapt to Climate Change

The ways in which society is responding to climate change in the planning and management of cities, agriculture, and natural resources are examined in The State of Adaptation in the United States. More
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Examining Curriculum in the Digital Age

Although ideas about digital media and learning have become an important area for educational research, little attention has been given to the practical and conceptual implications for the school curriculum. More
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Using Video Games to Measure, Support Learning

To succeed in today’s interconnected and complex world, workers need to be able to think systemically, creatively, and critically.  More
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Multifamily Housing Offers Opportunity For Utilities To Meet Energy Efficiency Goals

For utilities seeking to meet energy efficiency goals, the multifamily housing sector represents a sizable opportunity achieve energy savings through target energy efficiency programs. More
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‘The Back of the Line’: Explaining Immigration Lines, Wait Times, Visa Categories

Contrary to popular belief, there is not one “line” that leads to legal permanent residence in the United States; current immigration law provides multiple paths to permanent residency. More
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Documenting Violence Against Journalists in Mexico

MacArthur grantee Article 19 assesses violence against journalists in Mexico in 2012 and shows that threats and attacks continued as well as other information. More
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Lessons Learned in Juvenile Justice Reform

A series of research briefs aggregates key learnings emerging from MacArthur’s multi-state juvenile justice initiative. More
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Civic Federation Releases Illinois State Budget Projections

The Roadmap shows the state is on track to accumulate nearly $22 billion in unpaid bills by FY2018 unless action is taken to curb rising pension costs. More
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Lessons From Chicago's Public Housing Transformation

The key successes and challenges faced by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and its residents are explored in a new series of five research briefs by the Urban Institute. More
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National Juvenile Defense Standards Published

The National Juvenile Defender Center has published the National Juvenile Defense Standards, which provide a comprehensive summary of the role and complex duties of the juvenile defender in the 21st century juvenile court system. More
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Energy Efficiency Programs for Multifamily Buildings An Untapped Opportunity

With whole-house energy retrofits growing in popularity, the report finds multifamily buildings represent a large and mostly untapped potential for saving energy. More
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ECOWAS Court Directs Nigerian Government to Punish Oil Corporations over Pollution

The judgment is based on a case filed by MacArthur grantee, the Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project. More
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Immigration and the Economic Future of the Midwest

The economic future of the Midwest rests, in part, on U.S. immigration policy, according to a report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. More
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Illinois Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector is $2.75 Billion Industry

Illinois' nonprofit arts and culture sector supports more than 78,000 full-time-equivalent jobs, generates $2.3 billion in household income to residents, and delivers nearly $324 million a year in local and state government revenue..  More
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Report Recommends New Systems for Housing Finance and Federal Rental Assistance

A bipartisan commission of former Cabinet secretaries, former senators, and other leading housing and economic experts have unveiled recommendations for a new framework for housing policy, which the commission says intend to further the nation’s economic recovery and improve the lives of millions of Americans.  More
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A Blueprint for Ending International Labor Recruitment Abuse

Labor rights, migrant rights, and anti-trafficking organizations have come together to raise awareness of immigrant worker abuse and to call on Congress to address their concerns. More

Investing in Broadband Evaluation

High-speed Internet can connect remote communities, help coordinate and streamline healthcare services, enable children with unparalleled access to learning opportunities, and spark and support innovation in numerous fields. More
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Database Tracks State Efforts to Combat Medicaid Fraud and Abuse

The database aggregates hundreds of anti-abuse practices in states across the nation that have been found to be promising by state and federal Medicaid agencies.  More
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Rethinking the Manufacturing Sector in Mexico and Central America

A report from the Regional Migration Study Group, a highlights the changing needs of the Mexican and Central American manufacturing economy, which currently employs 17 percent of the regional work force. More
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Strategic Communications Initiative Aims to Build Support for Climate Solutions in US

MomentUs is designed to build a game-changing increase in personal and institutional support for climate change solutions. More
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NRC Report on Juvenile Justice Cites MacArthur

A new two-year independent study by the National Research Council takes stock of the growing body of knowledge regarding adolescent development. More
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Ten Principles Can Guide Business and Biodiversity Offsets

A set of ten fundamental principles can help companies, governments and civil society preserve biodiversity, according to an updated report by Forest Trends, a MacArthur grantee. More
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Measuring How Well We’re Preparing Students

If a fundamental goal of education is to prepare students to act independently in the world, an ideal educational assessment would measure how well we are preparing students to do so. More
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Child Migration Issues in Mexico and Central America

A new report explores human rights concerns associated with the growth of youth and child migration at Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. More
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Evaluating Recruitment of Migrant Workers

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante has released a report on substantial defects in the current H-2 program’s recruitment systems, stating that many temporary workers are routinely subjected to fraud, charged illegal fees, and threatened, intimidated, and mistreated by recruiters and employers. More
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Mapping the Use of Internet Surveillance and Censorship Technology

Citizen Lab has released a report documenting the use of American-made Internet surveillance and censorship technology by more than a dozen governments. More
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Interdisciplinary Researchers Propose New Framework for Learning

Inequities in skills attainment, achievement gaps among ethnicities, and a disconnect between classroom learning and the everyday lives and interests of young people are troubling trends that signify the need for a new framework of learning. More
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Conservation Strategy Fund Report on Roads in the Amazon Basin

The Conservation Strategy Fund has published a report on the high level of environmental risk associated with continued road construction in the Amazon basin. More
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Center for Responsible Lending: Qualified Mortgages Protect Borrowers

The Center for Responsible Lending has published a fact sheet to help consumers navigate the qualified mortgage borrowing process. More
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Boosting Energy Transparency to Preserve Affordable Housing

A new report from the Institute for Market Transformation analyzes energy transparency in the multifamily housing sector and finds that the nation’s multifamily housing stock holds potential for major energy efficiency gains. More
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Examining Federal Involvement in Real Estate

Federal financing of and spending on real estate impacts millions of Americans. More
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U.S. Administration Spends More on Immigration Than all Other Federal Law Enforcement Combined

The Migration Policy Institute describes the totality of U.S. immigration enforcement initiatives, including border enforcement, visa controls and travel screening, information and interoperability of data systems, workplace enforcement, the criminal justice system and immigration enforcement, and detention and removal of noncitizens. More
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Youth Movements for Social Change

A series of papers published by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society provides insight into youth movements for social change and the roles played by youth organizations in shaping young people’s worldviews. More
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Assessing Biodiversity Vulnerability in the Tropical Andes

A grantee's report examines advances in climate change analysis and presents a five-tiered approach to studying regions renowned for exceptional biodiversity. More
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Impact of Transnational Crime on Migration

The growth of organized crime in Mexico and Central America has led to an increase in violence and insecurity, posing challenges to citizens, public security forces, and travelers. More
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Understanding the Relationship Between Assisted Housing and Quality Education

A report by the Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy at NYU evaluates the elementary schools closest to families receiving federal housing assistance nationwide in each state as well as the 100 largest metropolitan areas. More
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Evaluating Public Education in Illinois

An assessment of Illinois public education shows that the state’s academic performance has remained flat for much of the past decade, and asserts that absent serious effort and change, its prospects for improvement are slim. More
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Gaps in Perception about Teens’ Online Behavior

Research released by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) explores the online generation gap between parents and teens and reveals a number of disparities in their views about online safety. More

Examining Congressional Election Financing

A report from the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) takes a close look at financing in the House and Senate elections of 2012. More
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Border Insecurity in Central America’s Northern Triangle

This report outlines the long-standing pattern of government inattention to these border regions, probing the root causes that range from institutional, economic, and resource challenges to corruption and weak government structures. More
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Examining Out-of-School Educational Experiences

Schools do not define education, and they are not the only institutions in which learning takes place. More
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Approaching Migration Management in Mexico and Central America

A report from the Regional Migration Study Group (RMSG) tracks the history of migration trends and policy in Mexico and Central America. More
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Regulatory Challenges of Immigrant Worker Visas in America

Produced by Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, the report details violations in employment contracts and extraneous financial burdens on individuals with certain visas. More
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Building Workforce, Community Development in Cities

A report from National Skills Coalition explores ways that federal policy can better support cities’ efforts to integrate human and physical capital investments, particularly in the areas of public housing and transit-oriented development. More
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American Concerns over Immigration at Lowest Levels in Two Decades

The 2012 Chicago Council Survey reveals that Americans have grown less concerned over the last decade about large numbers of immigrants coming to live and work in the United States. More
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The Growing Costs of Place

The combined costs of housing and transportation in the nation’s largest 25 metro areas have swelled by 44 percent since 2000 while incomes have failed to keep pace. More
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The Fiscal State of Illinois

The report details threats to Illinois’ public services and fiscal sustainability as well as actions that can be taken to address those issues, including adopting a non-political revenue forecasting process, pension reforms, and tax reforms. More
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Learning Outside of School

Because schools are not the only institutions in which learning takes place, a new report examines what is distinctive about the quality of learning in “not-school” settings, such as summer camps, music lessons, and home activities. More
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Residential Construction Will Continue to Play Key Role in U.S. Economy

Current population trends suggest a demand for millions of new housing units over the next ten years, according to a report from the Bipartisan Policy Center, which is supported by MacArthur.  More
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Report Highlights Progress in Juvenile Justice Reforms

Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform summarizes reforms made during this period by 47 states and the District of Columbia in 24 different policy areas. More
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Study Finds Moving to Low-Poverty Neighborhoods Leads to Greater Well-Being

A coalition of researchers find that moving from a high-poverty to low-poverty neighborhood spurs long-term gains in the physical and mental health of low-income adults. More
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Investing In What Works for America’s Communities

With poverty affecting one in six Americans, a new report by leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors proposes innovative ideas that can bring new vitality to struggling communities. More
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Lowest Numbers of Americans Concerned about Terrorism Since 9/11

With support from MacArthur, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs conducted a national survey for the report Foreign Policy in the New Millennium. More
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U.S.-Cuban Cooperation Needed on Offshore Drilling Safety

In Bridging the Gulf, the Environmental Defense Fund finds that current U.S. policy toward Cuba prevents oil companies operating off Cuba’s coast from accessing American equipment and expertise in the event of an oil disaster. More
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The Legal Side of Mexican Immigration

Legal Mexican immigrants comprise the largest national-origin group in the United States eligible to become citizens. More
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Local Fijian Communities Play Critical Role in Maintaining Global Biodiversity

A study finds that locally managed marine protected areas within Fiji are playing an increasingly important role in the nation’s efforts to protect marine habitats.  More
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Foreclosure Trends in Chicago Neighborhoods

Data from the Woodstock Institute shows that completed foreclosure auctions in the Chicago six county region more than doubled in the first half of 2012 compared to the first half of 2011. More
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Assessing Progress and Needed Reforms in Central America, Mexico

Two reports issued by the Regional Migration Study Group explore economic and social issues that may impact migration in Mexico and Central America.  More
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Exploring the Culture of Mixed-Income Housing

New research from the Mixed-Income Development Study explores community life in three mixed-income communities built on the footprint of former Chicago public housing projects. More
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State Legislative Trends in Juvenile Justice Reform

A new report explores trends in juvenile justice state legislation and finds that research on adolescent development has contributed to an increasing number of policies that distinguish juveniles from adult offenders.  More
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Leveraging New Media to Improve Nigeria’s Future

New media has the potential to drive Nigeria’s political and economic development and build a robust democracy, according to several speakers at a conference on “New Media and Governance: Tools and Trends.”  More
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Grantee Research Informs Nigerian National Health Policy

The Nigerian Council of Health (NCH), a decision-making body that establishes health service strategies for all levels of governance, rarely receives presentations from non-governmental organizations. More
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Voter ID Laws Present Obstacles for Eligible Voters

According to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice, nearly 500,000 eligible voters in 10 U.S. states with restrictive voter ID laws could face hurdles in obtaining a government-issued ID to show at the polls.  More
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Need for Evidence-Based Perspective on Digital Media and Education

The MacArthur-supported book Connected Minds: Technology and Today’s Learners provides insight into what evidence exists and what is needed to assist educators and policymakers More
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Understanding Nigerian Views on Crime and Safety

Three-quarters of Nigerians fear becoming the victim of crime, according to a survey by the CLEEN Foundation.  More
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Assessing States’ Preparedness to Protect Every Vote

Only five states are prepared to confront potential voting system problems in the upcoming election, according to a report by the Verified Voting Foundation, Common Cause, and the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic More
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Analyzing the States' Budget Crisis

The State Budget Crisis Task Force details the extent of states’ fiscal problems and fiscal sustainability in the wake of the global financial crisis.  More
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Chicago Mentoring Program Decreases Youth Violence

A study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab finds that a group counseling and mentoring program was successful in reducing youth violence in Chicago. More
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Expanding Efforts to Reduce Postpartum Hemorrhage

Pathfinder International, a MacArthur grantee focused on global sexual and reproductive health, has successfully expanded its efforts to reduce postpartum hemorrhage in Nigeria through its Continuum of Care project by procuring needed supplies, equipment, and funding from several groups. More
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Balancing Housing Policy with Renters’ Tax Credit

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) proposes a renters’ tax credit to improve the effectiveness and equity of the nation’s housing expenditures. More
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Inclusionary Zoning Policies in Affordable Housing Programs

MacArthur-grantee RAND Corporation examines 11 inclusionary zoning programs across the United States to determine the extent to which the policies serve lower-income families, provide recipients with access to low-poverty neighborhoods More
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Evaluating Opportunity Chicago

Opportunity Chicago, the MacArthur-supported workforce development initiative for Chicago public housing residents, surpassed its goal of helping 5,000 public housing residents find quality work, according to an evaluation.  More
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Nonprofit Arts & Culture Sector Contributes $2.2 Billion to the Chicago Economy

A national study by Americans for the Arts finds that arts organizations and their audiences generate a total of $1.3 billion in household income to Chicago residents, and deliver $214 million in local and state government revenue. More
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Study Finds Young People Using New Media for Participatory Politics

Substantial numbers of young people across racial and ethnic groups are engaging in “participatory politics”  More
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Research Universities and the Future of America

Research universities have made critical contributions to the American economy and society. However, persistent funding challenges threaten the vitality of U.S. research universities, according to a report requested by Congress. More
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The Future of International Development

Through its Frontiers in Development initiative, the U.S. Agency for International Development is examining issues facing the future of foreign assistance and international development. More
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Policy Incoherence in the U.S. Temporary Foreign Labor System

With a growing number of foreign workers on temporary visas in the United States, the Global Workers Justice Alliance analyzes the foreign labor system and the impact it has on foreign workers, U.S. workers, and the economy.  More
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A Storage Solution for the Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

With civil nuclear energy expanding, the Global Nuclear Future initiative of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences reports on the importance of the back-end of the nuclear cycle and proposes a regional storage facility for used fuel. More
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Building Successful Neighborhoods

From the Urban Institute's What Works Collaborative, this report lays out a research agenda on neighborhood policy.  More
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Five Strategies: Corporate Efforts to Improve Global Education

Scaling up corporate and social investments could improve education in the developing world, according to this paper by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings.  More

Most Young Adults Receive Significant Financial Assistance from Family

Research finds that most young adults receive financial assistance from their family and that the average annual transfers is roughly $7,500.  More
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Smarter Nets Equal Bigger Fish, Higher Income

Study shows modifying gear size allows smaller fish to escape resulting in more profitable catches for poverty-stricken fisheries in Kenya. More
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Protected Areas in Africa’s Albertine Rift Continue to Support Wildlife

A new book produced by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Albertine Rift Conservation Society, both MacArthur grantees, finds that strong management of the areas has preserved regional wildlife. More
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Reports Find Job Creation Potential in Energy Efficiency

Two recent studies by the Institute for Market Transformation, a MacArthur grantee, predict that new energy disclosure policies will drive competition to improve buildings’ energy ratings, leading to more jobs.  More
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Public Housing Transformation and Crime in Atlanta and Chicago

A study by The Urban Institute, a MacArthur grantee, examines whether the public housing demolition and relocation of former public housing residents into private, subsidized homes as part of the Chicago and Atlanta public housing transformations affected citywide and neighborhood crime rates. More
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Even Brief Fishing Season Can Prove Long-Term Detriment to Protected Marine Areas

A study by MacArthur grantee the Wildlife Conservation Society and other partners found that the opening of a protected Fijan coral reef for a brief fishing season significantly depleted wildlife in the area.  More
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Study Maps Networks on Russian Twitter

A new report from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society delineates several networks within Russia’s Twitter ecosystem centered on topics ranging from politics to music to geographical position. More
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Demographic Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Housing Markets

A new report identifies dwindling rates of homeownership, especially among African Americans and Hispanics.  More
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Research Papers Focus on Bullying and Digital Citizenship

Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, both MacArthur grantees, published a series of working papers on issues affecting young people.  More
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Movements of Chicago's Public Housing Residents Providing Mixed Results

Two new pieces of research from the MacArthur-supported Mixed-Income Development Study examine the movements of Chicago’s public housing residents over the past decade. More
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In Russia, Online Speech Remains Free from Government Control

A new report examines the Russian blogosphere, Twitter, and other media sources and finds vibrant and diverse discourse on Russian political and social issues. More
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Online, Young People Also Develop Learning Skills

A study from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a MacArthur grantee, examines how young people seek out and evaluate information online. More
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Report Calls for More Adaptive Conservation Management

In a MacArthur-supported paper, the Environmental Law Institute notes an inability on the part of nature system managers to adjust to the threats posed to biodiversity by climate change. More
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Report Suggests Options for Managing Protected Marine Areas in Madagascar

A study by MacArthur grantees the University of California, Berkeley and the Wildlife Conservation Society uses a new methodology to suggest several options for managing marine life protection on Madagascar's west coast. More

More Households Dealing with Heavy Burden from Housing Prices

In its annual Housing Landscape report, the MacArthur-supported Center for Housing Policy found increases in stress from housing costs for employed home owners. More
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Report Projects Up to $3.4 Billion Savings for Apartments Upping Energy Efficiency

More partnerships between building owners and utilities companies are necessary, as is regulatory policy that supports the alignment of efficiency standards with utility business models. More
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UN's Ban Ki-moon Says "Responsibility to Protect" Works

At a MacArthur-supported conference on the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his strong support for R2P. More
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Nuclear Materials Security Index Released

MacArthur grantee the Nuclear Threat Initiative released the first-of-its-kind, public baseline assessment of the status of nuclear materials security conditions in 176 countries More
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Report on Preventing Nuclear Terrorism

The report calls for a stronger International Atomic Energy Agency, more comprehensive security standards for nuclear states, and more. More
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Voices of Change in African Higher Education

MacArthur grantee Institute of International Education has published a new book, Weaving Success: Voices of Change in African Higher Education. More

Research to Aid in Caribbean Reef Restoration

A 14-year, MacArthur-supported study in Belize has found that fishing closures produce encouraging increases in populations of predatory fish species but only a minimal increase in herbivorous fish. More
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MacArthur's Jorgen Thomsen on Addressing Environmental Challenges of 21st Century

MacArthur Director of conservation and Sustainable Development Jorgen Thomsen discusses the importance of strong, diverse, and thriving ecosystems.  More

Foundations Unite to Protect the Amazonian Rainforest

MacArthur hosted the Funders of the Amazon Basin, a group composed of six foundations working to address increasing rainforest degradation in the Amazon. More

Study Details Homelessness, "Doubling Up" Among Low-Income Children

About 10% of children in low-income families reported at least one homeless episode – and an additional 24% had at least one episode where they lived "doubled up" with relatives, friends or other families – before age 6. More

Study Links Weak Economy to Shortage of Affordable Rental Housing

The need for affordable rental housing in Cook County has increased substantially in the last decade and is expected to continue growing, according to a study by the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University. More

Book Confronts Challenges Posed by Climate Change

Adapting to a Changing Environment: Confronting the Consequences of Climate Change provides governments, scientists, and managers with a framework for tackling the subject. More

Advancing Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Latin America

George Washington University’s National Security Archive was featured on PRI’s The World to discuss the progress being made to advance accountability for atrocity crimes in Latin America. More

Survey Shows Strong Support for Juvenile Rehabilitation

Findings from a 1,000 person national survey about adults’ attitudes on juvenile services showed strong support for a system realigned around rehabilitation. More

Partnership for New Communities Assesses Decade of Work

The Partnership for New Communities released a report that documents its unique role in tackling urgent, large-scale issues in Chicago. More
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Study Finds Moving to Low-Poverty Neighborhoods Lowers Risk of Diabetes

The study was the first to employ a randomized experimental design to learn about the connections between neighborhood poverty and health. More

Technology Supports Better Forest Management

MacArthur grantee the Carnegie Institution for Science's imaging spectrometer has proven successful in instantly gathering a vast amount of information about unexplored tracts of tropical rainforest. More

Large Shift in U.S. Immigrant Makeup Projected

The percentage of foreign-born U.S. residents with deep roots in the country is rising and will continue to soar in the coming decades, according to a new report by the Population Dynamics Research Group. More

Coral Collapse Preventable With Newly Identified Process

Using data from coral reef systems across the western Indian Ocean, MacArthur grantee Wildlife Conservation Society and others have identified how overfishing creates a series of big changes on reefs that precipitate a final collapse. More

Map on Coral Reef Systems Bolsters Conservation Efforts

Working in collaboration with other organizations, the Wildlife Conservation Society mapped coral systems and their exposure to stress factors. More

New Data on Coral Reef Systems Bolster Conservation Efforts

This report, produced in part by MacArthur grantee the Wildlife Conservation Society, studies the exposure of the world's corals to stress factors and identifies areas where those factors can be locally managed. More

Study Shows Significant Economic Value of Jamaica’s Threatened Coral Reefs

Tourism, fisheries, and shoreline protection represent just three of the many culturally and economically important services reef ecosystems provide in Jamaica, according to a MacArthur-supported report. More

Report Finds Importance of Utility Usage Data In Efforts to Reduce Energy Consumption and Housing Costs

Living Cities today formally announced the release of a study analyzing whole building utility usage databases for the nation’s multifamily housing stock. More
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Results Show Clean Economy Contains Significant Number of Jobs

The clean economy — a sector that produces goods and services with an environmental benefit — encompasses some 2.7 million jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries. More
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Research on Benefits of Medicaid Enrollment

New research finds that expanding low-income adults’ access to Medicaid substantially increases health care use, reduces financial strain on covered individuals, and improves their self-reported health and well-being. More

Modern Fish Communities Live Fast and Die Young Due to Overfishing

Fishing pressures have created fish communities that contain more species with shorter life spans, faster growth rates, smaller average sizes, and fewer top predators, according to a new MacArthur-supported study by the Wildlife Conservation Society that compared the remains of fish from ancient Swahili refuse heaps in Kenya with data from recently caught fish.  More
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Global Compact on Learning

A report by the Brookings Institution calls for a global policy on access to quality education and learning for youth in the developing world, especially poor girls who are often left behind and disadvantaged. More

"Foreclosure Belt" Destabilizing Vulnerable Neighborhoods in Chicago

A new report by the MacArthur-supported Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing finds that the foreclosure crisis continues to affect tenants, particularly renters in low-to-moderate-income African American and Latino/Hispanic community areas in Chicago, and that banks and other lending institutions are making the problem worse by willfully ignoring tenants rights More

Improving Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations

With MacArthur support, an academic dialogue seeks to help governments and societies of Mainland China and Taiwan improve communication, stabilization, and progress in cross-Taiwan Strait relations. More
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Increasing Female Teachers in Africa

This literature review examines empirical evidence that shows how increasing female teachers in primary education may improve girls’ educational achievement and attainment. More

Affordability Increasingly Challenges U.S. Renters

Long-term increases in rental housing prices and utility costs combined with stagnant or falling incomes are creating escalating affordability pressures for U.S. renters. More
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Harnessing Corporate Philanthropy to Educate the World’s Poor

A report by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings suggests specific opportunities to achieve greater impact in educating the world’s poor through corporate philanthropy.  More
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Report Notes Mexico’s Changing Approach to Immigration Law

A report by two researchers at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a MacArthur grantee, reviews Mexican immigration policy of the past 35 years and compares the country’s regulations to those of the U.S. More

Does the Internet Make for More Engaged Citizens?

Youth who pursue their interests on the internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to a new study of student Internet usage by a group of civic learning scholars.  More

Financial Challenges for the New Chicago Mayor

The Civic Federation, a MacArthur grantee, released a new report that details the fiscal challenges facing the next Mayor of Chicago.  More

Will It Take a Crisis to Fix U.S. Fiscal Policy?

Unless current policies are reformed, the national debt will continue to grow, making a sovereign debt crisis, like those in Ireland and Greece, inevitable, according to a new paper by Rudy Penner of the Urban Institute. More

Ownership of Vacant Homes in Foreclosure Process Often Unclear, Poorly Maintained

New research from the Woodstock Institute finds that the ownership of vacant homes in the foreclosure process is often unclear, and they are likely to be poorly maintained. More

Housing Affordability Remains a Challenge for America's Working Families

One in four working households in the United States spends more than half of its income on housing costs, according to a new report by the Center for Housing Policy, a MacArthur grantee. More
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How Digital Media Supports Extracurricular Learning

Digital media and technology have become culturally and economically powerful parts of contemporary middle-class American childhoods. More
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Digital Media and Technology in Afterschool Programs, Libraries, and Museums

Digital media and technology have become culturally and economically powerful parts of contemporary middle-class American childhoods. More

Digital Media in Afterschool Programs, Libraries, and Museums

The latest in a series of MacArthur reports on digital media and learning examines the ways in which afterschool programs, libraries, and museums are using technology to support extracurricular learning.  More

Regional Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures

The foreclosure crisis is an opportunity to reorient housing strategies, according to a report by researchers, elected officials, and housing practitioners, who examined home mortgage foreclosures in six metropolitan regions for the National League of Cities.  More

Freshwater Species at Risk in Eastern Himalaya as Development Surges

As areas of the Eastern Himalaya's experience rapid development, limited planning and information on its impact is putting at risk the region's freshwater ecosystems and species, according to a recent MacArthur-supported assessment by IUCN.  More

Affordable Housing Developments Create Jobs & Grow Local Economies

The construction and rehabbing of affordable housing developments creates jobs and contributes to the economic vitality of communities, according to a MacArthur-supported research brief by the Center for Housing Policy.  More
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White Papers in Support of Girls' Post-Primary Education in Developing Countries

These documents find that girls’ access to education continues to be a challenge acutely felt in particular regions and countries of the developing world and that gaps persist in the quality of girls and boys’ learning. More

PBS Documentary Looks at How Digital Media Transforming the Way Young People Learn

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, a MacArthur-supported PBS documentary, looks at how digital media is transforming the way young people learn. More

Many Vulnerable Chicago Public Housing Residents Enjoy Better Health, Housing, and Employment, but Youth Still Distressed

An Urban Institute project shows that the most disadvantaged Chicago residents have improved quality of life indicators. More

Opportunity Chicago Helps 5000 CHA Residents Find Jobs

Opportunity Chicago, a MacArthur-supported workforce development initiative for Chicago public housing residents, has helped more than 5,000 people find employment, according to a new report.  More

New Poll: Voters Want Congress to Act to Reduce the National Debt

More than 70 percent of mid-term voters polled in a post-election survey say it is "very important" that Congress takes steps to reduce the national debt.  More
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The Promise of Game Design in Curriculum and Learning

Quest to Learn, an innovative school for grades 6 to 12 in New York City, grew out of the idea that gaming and game design offer a promising new paradigm for curriculum and learning More

Chicago's Public Housing Transformation

According to a new report by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chicago's controversial efforts to overhaul its public housing have showed gradual improvement More
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A Decade of Improvement in African Higher Education

This report highlights improvements in African higher education over the past decade, which stemmed from a $440 million investment by seven American foundations. More

Former Residents of Chicago’s Madden/Wells Public Housing Now Live in Better Housing, Safer Neighborhoods

New research suggests that families that moved from Chicago’s Madden/Wells public housing community now live in better housing and safer neighborhoods. More

Research Documents Human Toll of Violence in Central African Republic

Researchers based at the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley have systematically canvassed nearly 2,000 households in the Central African Republic, carefully documenting violence in the country. More
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How Kids Seek and Gauge Reliability of Online Information

How well do children navigate the ocean of information that is available online? The enormous variety of Web-based resources represents both opportunities and challenges for Internet-savvy kids. More

Report Examines Behavioral Health Needs in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System

A new report by Illinois Models for Change outlines the challenges and makes recommendations to improve behavioral health services for youth in the state's juvenile justice facilities. More
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What Peer Participation Can Teach Government

Firefox, a free Web browser developed by the Mozilla Foundation, is used by an estimated 270 million people worldwide. More

Report Highlights Affordable Rental Housing Progress in Cook County

A new report identifies some positive outcomes of the Preservation Compact, a MacArthur-supported affordable housing preservation initiative in Cook County. More

Reducing Maternal Mortality in India

Research of MacArthur Fellow and grantee Sue J. Goldie suggests that better family planning, improved emergency obstetrical care, and support for safe abortion could significantly reduce maternal mortality in India in less than a decade. More

New Report Highlights Reproductive Health Needs of India’s Youth

The MacArthur-supported "Youth in India: Situation and Needs" is the first comprehensive report on the sexual and reproductive health needs of young Indians. More

Housing Support for Vulnerable Families

A new study by the Urban Institute, a MacArthur grantee, focuses on how to assist vulnerable families who were left behind by the transformation of public housing into mixed-income communities.  More

“Survey Finds Slack Editing on Magazine Websites”

A MacArthur-supported survey by the Columbia Journalism Review on the profitability of magazine websites finds that fact-checking and editing standards vary widely among the sites. More

What Mozilla Could Teach Government

A new report in a MacArthur-funded series on digital media and learning, "Peer Participation and Software," examines whether Mozilla's participatory approach to software development could be applied to political and civic engagement.  More

A Fiscal Rehabilitation Plan for the State of Illinois

The Chicago-based Civic Federation proposed measures to substantially reduce the current Illinois budget deficit in FY2011 and to place the State on better fiscal footing over the long term. More

The Civic Federation Releases Fiscal Rehabilitation Plan for Illinois

The Civic Federation, a 116-year-old government research organization, released today its plan to salvage the State of Illinois’ finances. More

Berkman Completes Broadband Study for FCC

Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a MacArthur grantee, submitted its final report on broadband deployment and usage around the world. More

Foreclosures Still Climbing in Chicago

New foreclosure filings in the Chicago region rose 21 percent from 2008 to 2009 despite federal, state, and local programs designed to curb the foreclosure crisis, according to a new Woodstock Institute report. More
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Rethinking Traditional Learning Institutions in the Digital Age

Over the past two decades, the way we learn has changed dramatically. We have new sources of information and new ways to exchange and to interact with information More
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New Report on "Choosing the Nation's Fiscal Future"

A new joint report from the National Research Council and the National Academy of Public Administration offers U.S. leaders ways to address the nation's fiscal problems and confront its rapidly growing debt. More

Housing Costs Actually on the Rise for America’s Families

A new report by MacArthur grantee the Center for Housing Policy says housing costs are increasing for low- and moderate-income families despite a decline in housing prices. More

Research Predicts Longer Life Expectancy for Americans, Higher Outlays for Medicare and Social Security

Current government projections may significantly underestimate the future life expectancy of Americans, according to research from the MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society. More

The Benefits of Risk Factor Prevention in Americans Aged 51 Years and Older

Article by Network members examining how investments in preventive care for older Americans could reduce long-term health care costs for the nation. More

Report Finds No Benefit to Sending Juvenile Offenders to Expensive Institutional Placements

As many states face budget shortfalls, a new report on youth convicted of serious offenses finds that stays in expensive institutional placements produced no measurable results. More
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Taking Digital Media and Learning to the Next Step

In New Digital Media and Learning as an Emerging Area and "Worked Examples" as One Way Forward, noted scholar James Paul Gee discusses the evolution of digital media and learning. More

Growing Shortage of Affordable Rental Housing for Lowest Income Families

New research by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a MacArthur grantee, finds a shortage of affordable rental housing for the lowest income households in the U.S. More
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How Kids Live and Learn with New Media

Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital technology often equates generational identity with technology identity: today's teens seem constantly plugged in to video games, social networks sites, and text messaging. More

Report Helps Prompt Banks to Modify Overdraft Fees

The Center for Responsible Lending, a MacArthur grantee, released a report on the overdraft fees collected by banks and credit unions, which helped prompt fee modification by some of the nation's biggest banks. More
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The Ethical Fault Lines of New Digital Media

Social networking, blogging, vlogging, gaming, instant messaging, downloading music and other content, uploading and sharing their own creative work: these activities made possible by the new digital media are rich with opportunities and risks for young people. More
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How Computers Became Linked to Children, Learning, and Play

Today, computers are part of kids' everyday lives, used both for play and for learning. We envy children’s natural affinity for computers, the ease with which they click in and out of digital worlds. More

Migration Policy Institute, BBC Collaborate

BBC World Service commissioned MacArthur grantee the Migration Policy Institute to study the effects of the global recession on migration to help inform a month-long series. More

Aging in America in the Twenty-first Century: Demographic Forecasts from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society

Network research finding that by 2050 Americans may live 3.1 to 7.9 years longer than official government projections, resulting in sharply higher costs for government programs that serve older citizens. More
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Video Games and the Civic Involvement of Youth

The Civic Potential of Video Games, written by Joseph Kahne, Ellen Middaugh and Chris Evans, focuses on the civic aspects of video game play among youth. More
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The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

The single most important characteristic of the Internet is its capacity for world-wide community and the limitless exchange of ideas. More
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Living and Learning with New Media

This report summarizes the results of an ambitious three-year ethnographic study into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings—at home, in after school programs, and in online spaces. More
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New Competencies, Skills Required for Participatory Culture

Many teens today who use the Internet are actively involved in participatory cultures—joining online communities, producing creative work in new forms, working in teams to complete tasks and develop new knowledge, and shaping the flow of media. More

Study Underscores Importance of Web 2.0 for Learning

A study by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) found the actual use of Web 2.0 to improve the learning environment in U.S. schools is quite limited.  More

Study Shows Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development

The MacArthur-supported study shows that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online, often in ways adults do not understand or value. More

Code Outlines Five Principles of Fair Use for Teachers & Students

Thanks to a coordinated effort by the media literacy community, supported by experts at American University and grantee Temple University, teachers and students have a guide that simplifies the legalities of using copyrighted materials in an academic setting. More

Supportive Housing Does Not Hurt Home Values, According to Study

A new study by New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy finds that supportive housing does not depress property values in surrounding neighborhoods. More
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Report on Education for Sustainable Development Practice

A report from the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice lays the groundwork for Master's in Development Practice programs worldwide. More

Study Shatters Stereotypes About Teens and Video Games

The first national survey of its kind finds that teens' gaming experiences are rich and varied, with a significant amount of social interaction and potential for civic engagement. More

How Housing Matters to Families & Communities Initiative

How Housing Matters is an ongoing, five-year, $25 million research initiatives to deepen the literature on the effect that investments in affordable housing have on social and economic outcomes. More

Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts Better for Children, Safer for Communities, According to Study

The 2005 repeal of a state law that once forced children accused of drug offenses into adult criminal courts has not compromised public safety and, instead, has provided hundreds of Illinois youth a greater opportunity to turn their lives around. More

Mortgage Turmoil Contributes to Rental Affordability Woes, According to Harvard Report

The current mortgage turmoil reaches deep into rental markets, according to new research on rental housing market dynamics released today by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. More

2008 WOLA Report Shows Anti-Drug Fumigation in Colombia Failing

Intensive aerial herbicide spraying of coca crops in Colombia has backfired badly, contributing to the spread of coca cultivation and cocaine production to new areas of the country and threatening human health and the environment, according to a new report. More

Public Willing to Pay More for Rehabilitation of Juvenile Offenders

Polling data released today by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) show that more than 70 percent of the general public agree that incarcerating youthful offenders without rehabilitation is the same as giving up on them. More
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Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected

Young people’s use of digital media may result in various innovations and unexpected outcomes, from the use of videogame technologies to create films to the effect of home digital media on family life. More
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How Digital Media Can Engage Youth

Young people today have grown up living substantial portions of their lives online, seeking entertainment, social relationships, and a place to express themselves. More
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Race and Ethnicity in the Digital Media Landscape

It may have been true once that "Nobody knows you're a dog on the Internet," and that on the Internet there is no race, gender, or infirmity, but today, this notion seems quaintly idealistic. More
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Digital Media, Youth, and Credibility

Today we have access to an almost inconceivably vast amount of information, from sources that are increasingly portable, accessible, and interactive. More
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Digital Media Use and Identity

As young people today grow up in a world saturated with digital media, how does it affect their sense of self and others?  More
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Games as a Tool For Learning

In the many studies of games and young people's use of them, little has been written about an overall "ecology" of gaming, game design and play—mapping the ways that all the various elements, from coding to social practices to aesthetics, coexist in the game world. More

Chicago Arts Generate Over $1 Billion in Economic Activity

At a press conference at the Chicago Cultural Center, Americans for the Arts announced the local and comparative results from its Arts & Economic Prosperity III. More

Survey of Government Internet Filtering Practices

Twenty-five countries around the world out of 41 countries surveyed block or filter Internet content, indicating a global trend towards Internet censorship. More

Report from the University of California-Irvine Shows Impact of One-Child Policy in China

Population control polices in China that strictly limited couples to one child have proven effective, according to the first systematic, MacArthur-supported study of the one-child policy. More

Resilience in Foundation Strategy

A foundation that seeks to bring about improvements in policies and institutions faces a daunting task. More

Rental Housing Report Reveals 200,000 Affordable Units Lost Each Year

Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, with support from MacArthur, issued a press release about its first Annual Report on the state of the nation's rental housing. More

Creating, Changing, and Closing Areas of Philanthropic Activity

This paper provides a basis for discussing the choices MacArthur makes about its grantmaking—about how new initiatives are created, how they change, and how they are closed. More