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Report Recommends Continuing Child Advocate Program

The recommends that the Department of Health and Human Services continue to support expansion of the Child Advocate program, which promotes the best interests of vulnerable unaccompanied immigrant children.  More

Report Details Economic Benefits of Retaining Foreign Students

This report finds positive economic benefits when foreign-born students work and remain in local economies after graduation, especially because many such students pursue degrees in sought-after fields. More

Chicago is Ripe for Impact Investments, New Report Finds

A first-time study of the impact investment market in Chicago points to a significant unmet need for capital and a growing opportunity for investors. More

Informing Global Education Strategies

A report by the Brookings Institution draws on wide-ranging research on scaling and learning, including 14 in-depth case studies from around the globe, to share how low- and middle-income countries are providing quality education. More

Applying Economic Evidence to Inform Social Policy

This report by the National Academy of Sciences highlights the potential for economic evidence to inform investment decisions for interventions that support the health and well-being of children, youth, and families.  More

A Midterm Evaluation of the Conservation & Sustainable Development Program

This evaluation focuses on the efficacy of the program’s approach, outcomes and impact; the relevance of the program and its priorities; and the contribution of the program to climate change mitigation. More

Oxford Reviews Global Data, Literature on Impact Investment Research

MacArthur supported Oxford University’s Said Business School in a review of academic research on impact investing, identifying opportunities to enhance its growth and contributions to enhancing practice.  More

Why is America So Punitive?

The report of a roundtable convened by John Jay College of Criminal Justice and supported by MacArthur finds that a sustained interdisciplinary scholarly approach to exploring punitiveness in America might help point the way to a society that is more just. More

Report Says Dirty Bomb Threat Must Be Addressed

Most of the 23 countries that pledged at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit to secure radiological materials have fulfilled that commitment or are on track to do so by the end of 2016, according to the Nuclear Threat Initiative.  More

Assessing the Impacts of State Immigration Policies

Nearly all states have implemented immigration-related reform in the past 15 years, according to a report by the RAND Corporation, a MacArthur grantee. More