What We're Learning

We are committed to sharing the results of our grantmaking and the lessons we learn as we carry out our work. We believe it is important to evaluate and reflect regularly, study the findings of research and reports generated with our support, and communicate the results with those in the field and with the public.Read more about our learning philosophy

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Evaluating the Arts & Culture Loan Fund Program

The Arts & Culture Loan Fund provides small and medium sized arts and culture organizations with loans to address cash flow shortages and strengthen the financial capacity of its borrowers. More

Analyzing Chicago’s FY17 Proposed Budget

In an analysis, the Civic Federation expresses its support for the FY17 proposed budget for the City of Chicago, while also putting forth recommendations for improving the city’s financial management.  More

Growing Support for Criminal Justice Reform

A growing majority of voters supports sentencing reform and other criminal justice reform measures, according to an ongoing tracking poll by the MacArthur-supported Coalition for Public Safety. More

Pathways to Urban Sustainability

A report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a road map and recommendations to help U.S. cities become more sustainable, measurably improving their residents’ economic, social, and environmental well-being.  More

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