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Civic Federation Plan to Address Illinois Financial Crisis

A Civic Federation report proposes a five-year plan to address the State of Illinois’ ongoing financial crisis and budget impasse. More

Cyber-espionage Targets Public Health Advocates in Mexico

A report by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, describes a cyber-espionage operation targeting public health advocates in Mexico. More

Following the Money of Mass Incarceration

The U.S. system of mass incarceration costs the government and families of justice-involved people at least $182 billion every year, according to a report from the Prison Policy Initiative. More

How States Stack Up in Evidence-Based Policymaking

Connecticut, Washington, Utah, Minnesota, and Oregon lead the nation in evidence-based policymaking, according to a report from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. More

An Evaluation of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

This evaluation was commissioned to learn how the MacArthur Award has been used by recipient organizations, and to inform decisions about how to maximize the benefits of providing institutional support to grantees in the future. More

Guidance on Philanthropic Funding of Media and News

A set of broad guidelines by the American Press Institute lays out best practices and guiding principals for ensuring editorial independence of nonprofit newsrooms as funding for these institutions continues to grow. More

What We Know About Chicago’s 2016 Spike in Violence

Chicago experienced a 58 percent increase in homicides and 43 percent more non-fatal shootings in 2016, according to a University of Chicago Crime Lab report. More

Applying Neuroscientific Lie Detection in Court

A brief from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience assesses the potential and pitfalls of using neuroscientific lie detection technology in court. More

Growth and Concerns for Impact Investors

Impact investors have expanded their assets under management at a compounded rate of 18 percent over the past several years, according to a report by the Global Impact Investing Network More

Report Finds U.S. Investors Steering Trillions of Dollars Toward Impact

Sustainable, responsible, and impact investing (SRI) has grown 33 percent in the U.S. over the past two years, and these investments now account for $8.72 trillion, one of every five dollars under professional management, according to a report by the US SIF Foundation More