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Report Details Framework For Protecting Interests of Unaccompanied Children

The framework offers recommendations for incorporating unaccompanied migrant children’s best interests into all decisions and proceedings under immigration law. More

Healthy Aging Begins At Home

Communities across the country must make meeting the needs of older residents a priority as they plan for the future, according to a MacArthur-supported report by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Senior Health and Housing Task Force. More

Co-Benefits at the Intersection of Forest Carbon and Sustainable Development

Carbon offsets are increasingly seen as a tool to support sustainable development goals and mitigate climate change, according to a MacArthur-supported report by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace. More

Lancet Commission Focuses on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing

A special issue of "The Lancet" focuses on the health and wellbeing of the world’s 1.8 billion adolescents and young adults, the largest generation the world has seen and one that faces unprecedented social, economic, and cultural change. More

Rental Housing Affordability Remains a Challenge in Cook County

This report found Cook County's affordability gap — the difference between demand for affordable housing by lower-income households and the supply — is still seven percent higher than in 2007 when the housing market collapsed. More

Report Examines States’ Retiree Health Plan Spending

State strategies for addressing post-employment benefit liabilities vary greatly, and the methods states choose to contribute to their retirees’ health insurance premiums substantially affect those liabilities according to this report. More

Consolidating Rental Assistance Would Increase Efficiency, Expand Opportunity

This report recommends the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allow local agencies to merge or form consortiums to share resources and increase families’ abilities to use rental vouchers to live where they choose. More

Governments Can Better Implement Evidence-based Policymaking

As the use of evidence-based interventions in government become more prevalent, it will be critical to ensure such programs are effectively delivered, according to a brief from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative.  More

Report Recommends Continuing Child Advocate Program

The report 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