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Finding What Works to Improve Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health

Research shows that while a number of interventions can help improve health outcomes in young people, there is no single action or intervention that can broadly meet the needs of all young people across geographies.  More

Report Finds Fast Growth of Women in Jails

The report shows that the number of women in jail in the United States has grown 14-fold since 1970 and continues to rise, even as the number of men in jail has begun to decline. More

Syrian Activists Targeted by Hackers

A report from Citizen Lab, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, describes a malware operation targeting Syrian activists and links the activity to Iran. More

Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy

Inequality is a choice, not an inevitable byproduct of technology and globalization, according to a report by the Roosevelt Institute, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. More

A Science-based Approach to Early Childhood Development

A report by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University proposes a research and development platform to catalyze development in early childhood policy and practice, fueled by advances in science and an emphasis on innovation.  More

Progress on Nuclear Disarmament, Nonproliferation Inadequate

A study by the Arms Control Association finds the United States failed to make progress on key nuclear disarmament issues over the last three years, but did achieve important steps on nuclear materials security and strengthening nonproliferation norms. More

Mission Investments Can Catalyze Climate Solutions

A report by the Redstone Strategy Group examines how foundations can use mission investments alongside grant portfolios to accelerate climate solutions.  More

A Guide to Evidence-Based Budget Development

A brief by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative outlines steps that state and local governments can take to more effectively use data to inform their budget decisions. More

Mapping Incarceration Trends by U.S. County

The Vera Institute of Justice’s Incarceration Trends Project collects and analyzes information on current jail and prison populations and historic incarceration trends in every U.S. county. More

Shifting Gears on Juvenile Justice Communications

Tools developed by FrameWorks Institute, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, help advocates develop an effective narrative to advance juvenile justice reform. More