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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An Evaluation of Work on Intellectual Property Rights

An overview of the external assessment of the Foundation's initiative on Intellectual Property and the Long-term Protection of the Public Domain. More

An Evaluation of the Master's in Development Practice Initiative

The Foundation commissioned this evaluation to examine the quality and strength of the individual programs and Global MDP Association, the capacity of the Global MDP Secretariat to support the Association, the demand for the program as demonstrated by the quantity, quality and caliber of students attracted, and the future viability, sustainability, and replicability of the MDP model at other institutions of higher learning. More

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An Evaluation of General Operating Support to Arts Organizations

This assessment regards the Foundation’s general operating support for Arts and Cultural Institutions in Chicago, in partnership with the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. More

An Evaluation of the Impact of the Anti-Shock Garment on Maternal Mortality

This assessment reviews the Foundation’s grantmaking to reduce postpartum hemorrhage. Since 2003, MacArthur has invested more than $17 million in programs aimed at reducing postpartum hemorrhage in countries where maternal mortality is high.  More

Assessing the Impact of MacArthur's Digital Media & Learning Grantmaking

Heather Weiss of the Harvard Family Research Project discusses her work assessing how MacArthur's grantmaking has impacted the field of digital media and learning. More

Lessons from a Ten-Year Funder Collaborative: A Case Study of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa

The Partnership for Higher Education in Africa, a ten-year funder collaborative, sought to strengthen higher education in Africa through a total investment of close to half a billion dollars. More

Creating a Platform for Sustained Neighborhood Improvement: Interim Findings from Chicago’s New Communities Program

Distressed urban neighborhoods face challenges on multiple fronts, but most efforts to confront these problems work in isolation of one another.  More

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