Policy Research

MacArthur’s policy research grantmaking advances the development of more effective domestic policies by working to increase the policy impact of all grantmaking strategies in the Foundation’s U.S. Programs. This work supports special policy projects, incubates new policy ideas, and provides general operating support to a small portfolio of organizations currently focused on fiscal and budgetary issues. Read our strategy

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read More
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New Research Network to Improve Governance

The Research Network will study what happens when governments and institutions open themselves to diverse participation, pursue collaborative problem-solving, and seek input and expertise from a range of people. Read 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. Read More

From Results First Initiative

Working with states to implement an innovative cost-benefit analysis approach that helps them invest in policies and programs that are proven to work.

Achieving Success With the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative
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The Pew-MacArthur Results First Approach
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Iowa’s Cutting-Edge Approach to Corrections
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Staff

Portrait of Julia M. Stasch

Julia M. Stasch

Vice President, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Director for Policy Research
Portrait of Ianna Kachoris

Ianna Kachoris

Program Officer
Portrait of Tara Magner

Tara Magner

Program Officer
Portrait of Lucy Blanco

Lucy Blanco

Program Associate
Portrait of Janice A. Dunbar

Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
Portrait of Beth Gutelius

Beth Gutelius

Research Assistant
Portrait of Gerry Sims

Gerry Sims

Program Associate