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Post-Election Survey Shows Voters Support Action on Climate Change

A survey conducted after the U.S. election finds that, across party lines, 69 percent of registered voters say the United States should participate in the international agreement to limit global warming. More

Reporting on Forced Disappearances in Mexico

A report produced by Ciudadanos en Apoyo por los Derechos Humanos, a Foundation grantee, provides the first comprehensive assessment of disappearances at the state and local levels across Mexico. More

Using Evidence When Supporting Community-Based Organizations

A brief from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative focuses on how governments can use evidence and data to support community-based organizations that are proven to be effective. More

Report Finds Reducing Climate Risk Would Create New Business Opportunities

A report from the Risky Business Project finds reducing the risk posed by climate change is both economically and technically achievable, and would create new opportunities for American businesses. More

Analyzing Chicago’s FY17 Proposed Budget

In an analysis, the Civic Federation expresses its support for the FY17 proposed budget for the City of Chicago, while also putting forth recommendations for improving the city’s financial management.  More

Growing Support for Criminal Justice Reform

A growing majority of voters supports sentencing reform and other criminal justice reform measures, according to an ongoing tracking poll by the MacArthur-supported Coalition for Public Safety. More

Pathways to Urban Sustainability

A report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a road map and recommendations to help U.S. cities become more sustainable, measurably improving their residents’ economic, social, and environmental well-being.  More

America in the Age of Uncertainty

While core supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump are most opposed to immigration and least likely to support free trade, Americans overall favor continued immigration and support globalization, according to the 2016 Chicago Council Survey.  More

Understanding the Risks of Data at Scale

“Data at scale” – digital information collected, stored, and used in innovative ways – presents new opportunities for philanthropic investment, but poses risks as well.  More

Report: Updated Immigration System Would Strengthen US National Security

A report recommends updates and improvements to the U.S. immigration system that would help make the country safer and protect against current and new threats abroad.  More