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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

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