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Evaluation of The MacArthur Foundation’s Work in Mexico to Reduce Maternal Mortality, 2002-2008

From 2002–2008, the MacArthur Foundation invested $5,000,000 in Mexico to contribute to a reduction in maternal mortality. More

Executive Summary: Review of Models for Change in Pennsylvania

The overall purpose of this review is to provide an independent look at the current work supported through the Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative in Pennsylvania. In this summary of the report I will summarize the main findings.  More

The Science, Technology and Security (STS) Initiative

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched the Science, Technology and Security Initiative in 2003 to develop and maintain a cadre of scientists and other technical experts More

Study Shows Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development

The MacArthur-supported study shows that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online, often in ways adults do not understand or value. More

Code Outlines Five Principles of Fair Use for Teachers & Students

Thanks to a coordinated effort by the media literacy community, supported by experts at American University and grantee Temple University, teachers and students have a guide that simplifies the legalities of using copyrighted materials in an academic setting. More

Supportive Housing Does Not Hurt Home Values, According to Study

A new study by New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy finds that supportive housing does not depress property values in surrounding neighborhoods. More