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America in the Age of Uncertainty

While core supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump are most opposed to immigration and least likely to support free trade, Americans overall favor continued immigration and support globalization, according to the 2016 Chicago Council Survey.  More

Understanding the Risks of Data at Scale

“Data at scale” – digital information collected, stored, and used in innovative ways – presents new opportunities for philanthropic investment, but poses risks as well.  More

Report: Updated Immigration System Would Strengthen US National Security

A report recommends updates and improvements to the U.S. immigration system that would help make the country safer and protect against current and new threats abroad.  More

Identifying What Works in Open Data

Through an exploration of case studies around the world, a report by The GovLab at New York University analyzes effective open data approaches and programs. More

Mapping and Comparing Responsible Data Approaches

A report by The GovLab at New York University and Leiden University presents a framework for how humanitarian organizations can responsibly consider and use data.  More

Recommendations Emerge from How Housing Matters Gathering

A white paper reports on a recent How Housing Matters conference, including recommendations for how access to decent, stable, affordable housing can improve outcomes in other areas of life for individuals, families, and communities. More

Victims and the Movement to Reduce Incarceration

A roundtable, held as part of MacArthur’s Safety and Justice Challenge, brought together victim advocates and jail reduction proponents to discuss strategies for ensuring survivors of crime are heard in the context of justice reform. More

Making Nuclear Risk a Salient Social Issue

A study by the FrameWorks Institute details several recommendations for more effectively engaging the public and involving influencers in public discourse about the risk posed by nuclear weapons and materials.  More

Assessing the Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Immigration

This MacArthur-supported report assesses the economic and demographic trends of U.S. immigration over the past 20 years, its impact on the labor market and wages of native-born workers, and its fiscal impact at the national, state, and local levels. More