2015 • 1 year, 10 months • Strengthening American Democracy
The Pew Charitable Trusts' Election Initiatives brings an evidence-based, technocratic focus to supporting elections officials in their efforts to conduct fair, accountable, and open elections. Pew has been involved in elections work since 2007, and since that time it has developed a network of county and state elections' officials, major technology companies, academic experts, and others who work together to examine pressing elections problems, share successful practices, and undertake projects to help states implement efficient and cost-effective voting process improvements. Pew's data driven, nonpartisan approach to elections reform has been successful
in addressing ways to make the voting system more fair, efficient, and user-friendly at a time when public debate about elections reforms is often highly political and ideologically divisive.
This grant will help support Pew's Election Initiatives over one year, including its work on upgrading voter registration, the Voting Information Project, the Elections Performance Index, and new work designed to understand the motivations and attitudes of non-voters.
2015 • 4 years • Policy Research
The Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew), which operates as a public charity, is the sole beneficiary of seven individual charitable funds established between 1948 and 1979 by descendants of the founder of Sun Oil Company. In its work, Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life. This grant renews support for the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative (Results First), an approach that aims to change the fiscal decision-making culture and practice of policymakers across the country. Results First provides legislative and executive branch officials with cutting-edge tools so they can use evidence and benefit-cost analyses to make budget choices that achieve higher returns on investment for taxpayers and achieve better outcomes for citizens.
2014 • 1 year • Policy Research
This grant supports the Pew Research Center and the MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society to conduct survey research and analysis on the dynamics of intergenerational relations in the U.S., Germany and Italy. The study will explore a wide range of issues related to aging and family relationships, including a detailed analysis of the relation between family evolution and intergenerational exchanges of both time and money, in the context of major demographic transformation; and will inform policymakers, the media and the public of the rapid aging of populations in the three countries and its effect on family relations.
2013 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. Pew works to protect ocean life through conserving marine species and ecosystems. They focus on promoting sustainable fisheries, safeguarding sensitive marine habitats, and protecting vulnerable marine biodiversity. The goal of this project is to develop and implement an international enforcement regime that significantly decreases illegal fishing in the world’s oceans.
2013 • 1 year • Strengthening American Democracy
To research the increasing partisan polarization of the American public.
2013 • 2 years • Strengthening American Democracy
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Election Initiatives brings an evidence-based, technocratic focus to meeting the needs of elections officials in their efforts to conduct fair, accountable, and open elections. Since 2007, Pew has developed a network of county and state elections’ officials, major technology companies, and academic experts, who undertake projects to help states implement efficient and cost-effective voting process improvements. Pew’s data driven, nonpartisan approach to election reform has been successful in an environment that is often highly political and ideologically divisive. This grant will be used for program costs.
2013 • 1 year • Policy Research
The Pew Charitable Trusts applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public, and stimulate civic life. This grant funds Pew and the National Conference of State Legislatures to undertake the Great Lakes Fiscal Leaders Forum. The Forum will bring together state legislative fiscal leaders for two meetings in 2014 to examine common near- and long-term budget challenges facing Midwestern states; create opportunities for peer learning and sharing; and discuss possible solutions to issues facing the region.
2012 • 3 years • Policy Research
This grant supports the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a collaborative initiative between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation to develop analytical tools that help states assess the costs and benefits of policy options and use that data to make decisions based on results. The goal is to change fundamentally the way that states make policy and budget choices by enabling them to harness the power of evidence.
2011 • 2 years • Policy Research
This grant to the Pew Center on the States is one of several that will examine the interdependence of federal and state fiscal policies and the implications that efforts to address federal challenges have for states. The Center will use 50-state research, case studies, and robust outreach and dissemination to create a baseline of states’ health care costs by functional areas; and assess cost drivers and the effectiveness of state cost-containment efforts - information that will help state and federal policymakers consider further health care policy changes relating to the 2014 implementation of the national Affordable Care Act.
2010 • 3 years • Policy Research
To expand the use of cost-benefit analysis by states for setting policy direction and budget priorities (over three years).