Grantee Profile

Harvard UniversityJohn F. Kennedy School of Government

Grants to Harvard UniversityJohn F. Kennedy School of Government

  • $152,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 11 months)

    Criminal Justice

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — The mission of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Kennedy School) is to train enlightened public leaders and to generate the ideas that provide answers to the country’s most challenging public problems. Under the direction of Harvard University Professor Bruce Western, this award allows the Kennedy School to lead a one-year planning process to develop a new Harvard Executive Session on Criminal Justice for the 21st Century. The award enables the Kennedy School to identify and convene a small group of leading criminal justice scholars and policymakers to craft an agenda for the new Executive Session that aims to: (1) highlight and demonstrate the value of leading efforts to reduce incarceration through local level, front-end criminal justice reform; and (2) foster new thinking about the role of justice agencies in the lives of poor people and communities of color which disproportionately experience the adverse effects of the criminal justice system.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Impact Investments

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — This grant to Harvard’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society supports its Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI): an applied research center focused on issues underlying financial markets’ ability to promote wealth creation while building a stronger society and a healthier environment. As part of its work to build the impact-investing ecosystem, IRI will help stakeholder groups in cities such as government, social investors and social and nonprofit organizations understand how to deploy public and private capital for community economic development more effectively, and undertake research on domestic and global efforts to design and implement effective impact-investing policy.

  • $350,000

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government will use this grant to launch the Mayoral Performance Analytics Initiative, an effort to document and share promising new techniques and technologies for using large municipal data sets to identify trends and shape more effective public policies. Project staff will create a platform to connect public sector leaders who are developing new ways to use data to build better programs and policies, conduct fieldwork in model sites with advanced data analytics projects, and produce and disseminate a series of publications to help document and spread promising ideas and tools nationwide.

  • $320,000Active Strategy

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — To evaluate the impact of the AmericaSpeaks national discussion on the nation's fiscal challenges.

  • $25,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of the work of Professor John Ruggie, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises.

  • $75,000Active Strategy

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Housing

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — In support of three housing policy case studies.

  • $56,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — For an inquiry on the evaluation of community interventions (over six months).

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — To support a project exploring market-based solutions to inequality and alternative public policy strategies for restoring shared prosperity (over two years).

  • $150,000

    1998 (Inactive Grant)

    What We're Exploring: Cities, Information, and Governance

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — To support the Saguaro Seminar, which brings together practitioners and scholars to develop new ways of creating social capital to support community improvement.

  • $50,000

    1996 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy

    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — To support research on affirmative action.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Harvard UniversityJohn F. Kennedy School of Government $1,578,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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