The Power of Measuring Social Benefits

The Power of Measuring Social Benefits is a $35 million policy research initiative that seeks to test the hypothesis that effective social policies that invest in individuals in need or at risk not only improve their life chances, but in many instances benefit the larger society and generate public returns long after assistance has ended.  

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"Bang for the Buck: September 2011"

From the National Conference of State Legislatures
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The Value of Medicaid

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Strengthening Policy through Research

Long before the current recession, rising deficits, an aging population, spiraling healthcare and entitlement costs, stagnant economic growth, and other issues were threatening America's long-term fiscal health. Read More
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Identifying Social Programs that Work

MacArthur is funding 20 studies to evaluate the effectiveness of social programs, including Foundations of Learning, an intervention to help pre-schoolers become better students.

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Maximizing Housing as Health Care Intervention

The National AIDS Housing Coalition has been awarded a $200,000 grant from MacArthur to support a national project which seeks to maximize the policy impact and cost-effectiveness of housing as a health care intervention for ... Read More

Grantee’s Work Leads to New Evidence-Based Program

MacArthur grantee the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy played a key role in advising the Office of Management and Budget about the rigorous standard of evidence used in an effectiveness evaluation that led to the scaling up ... Read More

“Philanthropy, Benefit-Cost Analysis, and Public Policy,” Remarks by Jonathan F. Fanton at the 2008 Benefit-Cost Analysis Conference

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's research grantmaking and support for efforts to align policy with sound evidence. Read More

"How Foundations Innovate," Remarks by Jonathan F. Fanton at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Annual Meeting

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton previews new initiatives on issues like climate change, digital media, and the power of measuring social benefits. Read More

The Power of Measuring Social Benefits

At A Glance The Power of Measuring Social Benefits is a $35 million policy research initiative that seeks to test the hypothesis that effective social policies that invest in individuals in need or at risk not ... Read More