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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

Studies Examine Most Effective Ways to Discuss Affordable Housing

Two studies by the FrameWorks Institute chart the communications landscape that housing advocates must navigate to convey the role quality, affordable housing plays in public heath, educational equity, and economic justice.  More

An Update on Maternal Health

A special issue of The Lancet provides an update on the status of maternal health—its epidemiology, successes, and current challenges—within the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals framework. More

Preserving Affordable Housing in Chicago

A case study by the Urban Institute shows how a community development financial institution (CDFI) connected with local buyers to bring a long-vacant building back into the housing stock in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. More

Innovations in Preserving Affordable Housing

A series of case studies by the Urban Institute provides insights into how developers around the country have navigated complex policy and financing environments to preserve affordable housing. More

Assessing Chicago Public Schools’ Budget Proposal

Chicago Public Schools’ proposed FY2017 budget remains out of balance, relying on uncertain funding and one-time measures in order to close a $1.1 billion operating deficit, according to an analysis by the MacArthur-supported Civic Federation. More

Investigation Finds Spyware Sold to Governments Targets iPhones

A digital arms dealer is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists, according to an investigation by Citizen Lab. More

Improving Outcomes, Quality of Maternal Health in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile and electronic health initiatives, maternal death reviews, counseling and health education programs, and community mobilization efforts are just a few interventions that effectively improve maternal health in Sub-Saharan Africa. More